I tend not to big myself up. I often prefer to keep my head down and just get on with stuff.
(And seriously, I’m not looking for compliments here. It’s part of my story.)
My husband tells me I should be proud of what I’ve achieved. And I am. But I haven’t really shared this in public. It is probably because I don’t Lean In enough.
Part of it is that I’m still finding my way. I still feel like I need to find my sweet spot. There are many things I want to do. I have a big, big list on my unofficial bucketlist.
However, with my upcoming trip to the US and the chance to meet many other bootstrappers - I have been diving deeper into what other bootstrappers have been doing.
I then compare it to what I’ve done. And guess what?
I’ve been doing and succeeding at what they’ve been talking about. Whilst living a life of relative freedom. I work lots. But I also spend lots of time with my family. My husband and I are currently taking equal responsibility for our work. Our kids. And our household.
I work hard, but it doesn’t really feel like work. I love what I’m creating. And the people I’m working with. Work and life just rolls into one big ball of awesomeness.
There is something incredibly rewarding and enlightening about it. I keep talking about it to friends. I feel like I need to pinch myself. I hope it is something that will last. Where I am now is a very good place and I can’t help but feel that many more people should be in the place that I am in now.
On top of this I feel like I am able to invest in myself. Something I should have been doing all along. But life, as it does, often takes over. And as a mother, I put everyone else in my family before myself. Perhaps rightly, but probably in hindsight, that was the wrong thing to do.
As I’m investing in myself I am feeling my confidence increase dramatically. I’m not spending money doing this, rather I am giving myself the time I deserve to do more of the things I should be doing. Eating the right kind of food (a Paleo diet for me) and exercising plenty (running 3 times per week).
I now feel like WonderWoman and ready to push myself to new limits - in work, personal and family life.