BEING A BUSINESS OWNER ISN'T ALWAYS SUPER-FLY-FABULOUS


Please enjoy the images above. The image on the left is my desk on a typical day - very OCD, very organized, very neat and clean. The image on the right is my desk today - woah. What happened. Please note the Happy Meal cup and Jolly Ranchers. Yea, I'm pregnant.

But today, after sitting in my car outside Staples, slobbering all over my iPhone as I cried to my husband about my terrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad day, I realized... being a business owner isn't always super-fly-fabulous. Sometimes it's hard. Sometimes it involves working with people who are different than you, making difficult decisions and (brace yourselves) dealing with money. And I don't know about you guys, but I prefer not to do those things! I shot a text message to a friend who immediately warmed my day. I came home and put on my favorite music (Watermark). Actually, I stopped and got a Happy Meal first - so that kind of helped too. Oh the joys of pregnancy :)

When I got home, I sat for a minute and thought and said a little prayer. Being a business owner is hard. Working full-time for yourself is hard. I had a couple client phone calls for Emily Ley Creative after that moment and I remembered why I love this so much, despite the hard parts. I'm blessed to work with and be surrounded by some of the most amazing, inspirational, talented and sincere people I've ever known. I get to help brides and other business owners turn their big dreams into something visually and wholeheartedly personal and strong.

But along with all that passion, today I realized in a big way - a business owner has to have the strength of an army and savvy that is keen and refined. I also realized that kind of savvy comes from making some pretty big mistakes: making non-lean business decisions (IE spending money where you don't REALLY need to), trusting that every person you work with has your best interest at heart, not clarifying, being direct, and standing up for your dream/business/project/passion. All that to say, my savvy got a little keener today - a little more refined. And my strength got a little stronger. Embrace mistakes and move forward. Learn from them. "Feel the hurt, let it hurt and move on." Quoting myself there...

Like I said to my friend today - being a business owner isn't always sunshine and happy faces, but it's so worth it in the long run. Kind of like pregnancy :) Speaking of which... where are my jolly ranchers...........

6 comments:

michelle said...

Great post and oh so true! I am up to my neck in orders, all 3 kids home and need to pack for a family trip in 3 days. I have definitely said, "why I am doing this again?" to myself today. BUT it is all totally worth it!

Lara said...

AMEN AMEN AMEN

mary kathryn said...

I've got a bucket full of jolly ranchers with your name on them, my dear!!!

xoxo, C said...

Everyone has those days - if they weren't there you wouldn't appreciate the other great ones nearly as much :)
and I'm ashamed to admit, I eat happy meals un-pregnant

Stacey @ Petite de Lis Paperie said...

Emily, I always love your posts! I know you are super swamped, esp. with Baby Ley's need for your energy. Keep up the hard work. I hope we will be hearing more from you on this lovely blog as you continue with your journey.

Jessica Barker Photography said...

Love the post! And you! And ELP! :)