HOW MY HUSBAND’S HOSPITAL VISIT CHANGED THE WAY I OPERATE AS AN ENTREPRENEUR

This isn’t my typical health post, but two days ago I rushed my husband to the hospital and the affects that visit had on me as a person and entrepreneur were profound. Yesterday I posted about it on my personal Facebook page, and since many of you have been on this journey with me for some time now, I thought it prudent to share with you as well. If any of you are aspiring entrepreneurs or you just aspire to be a better anything, I hope this post will inspire you to live your best life as well. Read below for the full post.


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Yesterday was scary.
 
 
 

It started out as any other day. Woke up this morning, prayed, got a workout in, cooked breakfast, packed lunches, packed bookbags, signed papers, combed hair and kissed them goodbye. I felt normal, they looked normal. No eerie feeling that something scary would happen.

 

But a few hours later, my 6’8” tall husband, Chris, called me in a panic as he was struggling to breathe and feeling weaker by the minute. I rushed him to the hospital not knowing what was wrong. He’s very healthy, but something was obviously wrong. As he sat in the room, hooked up to monitors and waiting for the results of all the tests they ran, my mind raced. I thought about my 2 children who I lovingly saw off to school that morning and about what would happen to us if this was serious.

 

For the past 3 years I have been a stay at home mom and wife. The plan, 3 years ago, was for me to be a mompreneur. For those of you that are unfamiliar with that term it is defined (by Wikipedia, no less) as “a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.” And although I take great pride in the attention I have been able to dedicate to my family, I couldn’t help but think about how I have been missing the mark as a budding entrepreneur. In the course of the time I’ve been at home, I started a business that, after working it for a while, I decided wasn’t the best fit for me or my family.

 

I couldn’t help but to evaluate myself as my and my children’s sole provider laid in the hospital, unsure of his outcome. After a few hours and many tests later, all of his results were in.  All of his bloodwork came back fine, EKG looked perfect, no heart abnormalities that could be seen (which was the concern for a person of his height). Our only recourse were a few obscure possible explanations, all of which were not worrisome. Suffice it to say, after a few hours my husband was fine and back to joking.

 

All jokes aside though, yesterday was unnerving. In the first few hours I had all sorts of thoughts. From life insurance policies, to bucket lists unchecked, to memories not yet made. But the one thing that had me the most unsettled was the fact that despite my best intentions not to, I’ve allowed fear to hold me back from living my best life.

 

As an entrepreneur, you have to be your own biggest cheerleader. It is your job to make yourself and your business known. I have failed at that...out of fear.

 

I had jumped out there once, starting a business, throwing a big launch party, and about a year later I shut it down. Although somewhat embarrassing (especially after grand announcements of where I saw that business going) I made the right decision for that time, my family and my clients. My husband moves around for work which made it difficult to see my clients as regularly as I’d planned.

 

Shortly before taking my last client at my last business, God gave me a new idea. One that was more fitting for my life and my family. Honestly, one that I am infinitely more excited about. I’ve been steadily working at building my website and my product line, but haven’t done much by way of putting myself out there. Until now.

 

As I sat there in the hospital I made a decision, it is long overdue for me to turn some of my cheerleading efforts that I so freely give to others, toward myself so that I too can be successful.

 

One thing any successful entrepreneur knows is you can’t have a fear mentality and be successful. But fear had been keeping me from playing big. Fear of looking like I’ve just jumped on the blogging and website bandwagon. Seems everywhere you turn you find another person with a website that calls themselves an entrepreneur. Fear that what I was doing wouldn’t be respected. Fear that I wouldn’t be successful enough. But as I sat there in the room with my husband I realized what a disservice I’ve been doing to my family by playing small.

 

Me playing small leads to me not putting myself out there. But once I experienced the real fear I felt yesterday, fear of putting myself out there again has vanished.

 

If you are the type that rolls your eyes when you see people posting about their new website, new blog posts, or new products, you may not want to follow me. I’ve chosen to stop being timid and to be bold! I owe it to myself, my husband that works so hard and supports all of my efforts, and to my children to be the best that I can be. No fear, no guilt.

So without further ado, here is MY website, Pinch of Health. My mission is to help families create healthier homes. Please join my newsletter (a sign-up form will popup on my site), like my Facebook page,  and follow me on Instagram and Pinterest.

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