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Cutting Out Of Work To Meet My Kids

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ToriStuart-170hZoe Foods was a small, family-owned company that I founded ten years ago. The last ten years have been a roller coaster ride – especially trying to balance the full-time work of an entrepreneur with that of a young family. My personal goal has never wavered. Inspired by my mom, I started Zoe Foods with a passion to make a difference. My blog, Mompreneur Musings, is about just that – making a difference, whether it’s at home with my family, at work, or within our greater community – and the challenges I face in trying to do so.

When I first wrote this post I was rushing to get it done so I could leave the office to meet my two girls at my cousin’s sons’ ice skating birthday party. My girls had been asking me for several days to promise to leave work to meet them at the party. But, I wouldn’t promise despite their persistence. I only said that I would try really hard.

At the time, my company was going through so many changes and the industry was changing, so I never know what was going to come up. As a small company, there was only one other person who could pick up my work, and I didn’t think it fair to dump my work on someone else so I can go to a party with my kids. Then I realized… my girls are not going to be 4 and 5 for very long, and before I know it they won’t need my help skating, nor even want me there. Missing a couple of hours of work really won’t make or break the company, so off I went!

 

Now, in looking back, I'm glad I went because I realize that whether or not I took the time off from work, it wouldn't have made a difference to my company, but it made a difference for my girls, and became a turning point for me in how I manage the balance between work and family.

I’d love to hear how you balance the demands of work and family.

Mompreneur Musings & The Quest For Balance talks about the challenges I faced while running Zoe Foods for 10 years, and my current search for a new career that will also allow me the time to focus on being a mom to two little girls, a wife, a friend, and a daughter. I am trying to create more balance in my life, knowing now that balance among career, family, and self occurs over one’s lifetime rather than in each day. Please join me on my journey and share your own experiences.

Keep dreaming, keep believing, keep achieving.

Tori-

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