I wish I could say that behind the scenes everything is pretty. I wish I could say that my kitchen is spotless, my laundry is all clean, folded and put away, and that I had time for a long, luxurious hot shower this morning followed by time to put on makeup and do my hair.
But it’s not. And despite me wishing all of the above, I’m perfectly fine with life being as it is.
(Queue magical chimes which indicate the arrival of my Fairy Godmother or Mary Poppins who promptly work their magic and clean house…)
This afternoon I sit at my desk utterly perplexed by life. Wearing my husband’s hoody and a pair of sweatpants with holes in unmentionable places, I have a personal project to do list a mile long and I know the doors to “success” are wide open.
I know I can make a difference in the world with the work I am doing.
So what’s the problem?
I’ve heard an expression that compares the journey to success to the climb of a mountain. The closer we get to the peak, the harder the struggle will be. Whoever said this must have been talking to a lot of people just like me.
Despite having a brand and podcast called Positive Productivity, sometimes I feel like the mountain gets steeper everyday. For example, this past week I was working on making my site mobile responsive, however the speed was horrible due to image size. My attempt to smush the images down to a manageable size using a plug-in ended up deleting ALL of the podcast images from my database. With over 70 podcast episodes already on the site, I am not looking forward to having to reload all the images, however I suppose it could have been worse. I could have had a library of 1000+ podcast episodes like John Lee Dumas and have 1000% more work to do.
I must confess that this post comes from two bigger challenges/struggles we have faced this week. While I am usually able to push past through challenges, these back-to-back BIG struggles have been hard on me and my family.
My cat, Fame, was pregnant and while recording a podcast with a guest on Tuesday went into labor. She delivered one kitten and it was stillborn. No more came and we were sad knowing that the one she had was taken from her/us. (Please note: With five kids, three cats and a dog, kittens were not planned.)
Unfortunately, this morning as we were getting the littles ready for school Fame delivered five more kittens, all also stillborn.
I know Fame is a cat, however I am pained – for her and for me. Having suffered five miscarriages, I know what it’s like to lose a life. I do not know how cats feel when they suffer a loss, but I am feeling pain for her.
Secondly, the fact that I am an entrepreneur put a major wrench into our being able to purchase our home. We have been in a rent-to-own situation for three years and were supposed to have already secured a mortgage. Unfortunately we were not able to for various reasons, however with the way business is going right now we should have been able to get it in the next couple of months.
Last night we found out the official owner has gotten tired of waiting and let us know she is looking to put the house on the market because of favorable market conditions for sellers.
This is the home our twins were born in. This is the home my business truly blossomed in. This is the first home I have had which has truly felt like home. And now we may be forced to move within 60 days. While we didn’t expect to be here forever (it’s honestly a little small for all of us), I expected the move to be on our terms, not somebody elses. Ugh.
As a mompreneur, I often feel like a circus clown juggling a half dozen balls or more. Everything can be going smoothly and the crowd is entertained, however when one ball drops it’s easy to become distracted and lose the rest. I’m going to push forward through the rest of this week and month and not allow setbacks to get me further down, however if you’re struggling I want to share a quote which keeps me going…
“Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we don’t give up.”
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Kim Sutton is a Digital Marketing and Launch Strategist and owner of The Sutton Companies, which includes Sutton Strategic Solutions and Kim Sutton. A graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she is passionate about helping business coaches, life coaches and speakers spread their messages and products to those who need them.
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In her free-time, Kim cherishes the time she spends with her husband, Dave, and five children. She also enjoys reading, knitting, writing and playing video games.
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