Time management fundamentals – daily, weekly, monthly planning; vision work; accountability systems; priorities—remain the same over time. But over the last quarter century our collective view of time mastery shifted.
Your passion for family time prompted you to organize your business around your kids, spouse, etc. You cherished the flexibility to juggle things and the freedom not to miss those important events. But is that really how it has turned out?
Where did you get the guts to start your mom biz?
Who inspired to you to pursue a lifestyle of freedom and flexibility?
Who taught you what authentic femininity was and how to live it out?
Who modelled the elegance of being both a Catholic mother, embracing the beautiful gift of children, while still being the unique woman, making a positive impact on the world, God created you to be?
Most of us have had sisters or mothers or someone who has gone before us, giving us that spark to see God’s incredible plan for us women without feeling like it is out of reach. Many of us have had more than one.
When there is a chance that God is calling one of them home before you are ready, God floods you with grateful awareness of the significance of the role they played in your life.
One of my “sisters” had been blazing a “sister trail” for me—she’s a breast cancer survivor for nine years. Recently I learned that the doctors discovered new cancerous lumps. She underwent a rapid second mastectomy, and now awaiting test results to see if another miracle were possible or the cancer is past the treatable stage.
Even with the devastating news, she modelled dignity handling a potentially lethal medical situation. Prayer and discussion with loved ones influenced every decision about the next step. The second time facing cancer wasn’t novel like the first. Novelty replaced a painful awareness and better understanding of the reality of what is to happen and what the doctors were saying.
The same humility, fidelity, and deliberateness I’ve seen in my years knowing this sister that gave me confidence as a Catholic woman, wife, mother, and business owner carried her in this difficult time.