There are four months left in 2020... how do you want to close out the year? This year hasn't been anyone's "ideal" ... we have faced uncertainty, unknowns, and fears. As I reflect back to March, when social distancing started and everything around me was being put on hold, canceled, and shut down, I recall initial feelings of stagnation, restriction, and isolation. As a single mompreneur, I worried about how long COVID would last and how it would impact my business and my income.
Even though I couldn't see at first exactly how I was going to make it work, I decided not to quit on my dream or give up on my business. I had a deep inner knowing that I was on the right path and that I had to keep going, one step at a time. I decided to trust that everything would fall into place at the right time.
Releasing that survival fear, I took advantage of the time to re-examine my priorities, getting clear on who and what is truly essential in my life. I became aware of things I could let go of: old habits, ways of thinking, fears, and even relationships that were no longer in my best interest. Other silver linings included spending more quality time with my daughter, investing more time and energy into my personal wellbeing, and finding new clarity in my business.
Yes, I still struggle with feelings of stress, fear, worry, anger, sadness, and loneliness. It's easy to get caught up in the confusion and chaos, for sure. I have longed to return to a sense of control, normalcy, and consistency .... but I am unsure when these will make their comeback. In the meantime, I have chosen to accept that there are things about this year that are out of my control. And then I shift my focus, attention, and energy to the things that I *can* control. I have accepted the fact that uncertainty will be one of the consistent things I face for awhile. I have chosen to flow, accept, flex, and adapt as best as I can to create a sense of ease in my life. Doing so offers me a new freedom to focus my energy on the areas I can impact and the people and things that matter the most.
It really came down to asking:
I appreciate the people in my life who were there to offer support, encouragement, and inspiration through my challenges and struggles. I have some pretty amazing friends. But one thing I feel is missing is the opportunity to connect with other Single Mompreneurs / Single Work-at-Home Moms (WAHMs) / and other busy single mamas.
There are groups for single moms, women entrepreneurs, and even mompreneurs. But I've yet to find much support for single mompreneurs/WAHMs. We are a unique niche - because we are ultimately responsible for ourselves, our kiddos, our business - EVERYTHING. And, oh by the way, we may also be in the midst of re-establishing our entire LIFE!
If you too would benefit from a community of like-minded souls, I hope you'll check out my new group. This group will blend concepts from networking groups, mastermind groups, group coaching, and social groups for connection, community, and support. Click here to join us.