One of the uncertainties of opening a business is how will it affect my family. The amount of time and energy devoted to get the business up and running can certainly be a drain on your family life if you are not conscientious about managing your time. One of the blessings in this process has been my families desire to walk this journey with me and more importantly contribute to the success of the business.
I am blessed with two daughters who have been very inquisitive of this venture. For their entire lives they saw me leave the house wearing a suit each morning on my way to work. It’s all they knew. Going to work was just something I did, and they were really blind to where I went and what I did each day. With Elevation, they have been involved since the inception. This business makes sense to them because we started talking about it well before it became a reality.
They were able to observe and even lend an opinion on some really important decisions such as the logo and website configuration. They were with me to watch the build out of the office and spent their Saturday’s shopping for office furniture.
Now that we are up and running, they have a vested interest in how the business succeeds. It has created many special moments and conversations with them as they ask me how Karen likes the new office and what did Vinny create today. It has brought so much joy to the endeavor knowing we are all in this together.
You always read about how it takes all hands-on deck when starting a new business and I am learning the truth to this statement. I will forever have the image of our family assembly line in our living room packing gift bags for our grand opening. It was a laborious task that incredibly was met with enthusiasm and determination to finish before bed time. This was yet another moment for me to understand that we are in this as a family and it is not just me but us putting our time and effort into building a business that makes us proud.
I have always heard enjoy the journey- it is the best part of the process. Not only do I have a better perspective of what this means, but I have whole heartedly embraced it.