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Mompreneurs/Dadpreneurs – pour yourself some lemonade!

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade (original quote by someone’s grandma?) ……

……An absolute favorite saying of mine.  I have always tried to apply these words to my life no matter whether it was something little or big.  When the boys were infants, and I had a LONG day that did not allow me to shower or eat a whole meal or make a phone call, I took pleasure in a hot bubble-bath after I got the boys to sleep.  When my grandmother died, I survived devastation when a few days later, I found out she would have a namesake when I discovered I was pregnant.  Today, I was really going back and forth with what I should write on the blog, AND then my day changed because my husband forgot to send my son to school with a lunch (on the last day of school).

It happens! Guess what? I knew what I wanted to write about after the experience….so big thanks to hubby today for inspiring me without even knowing he was doing it.  There you have it – When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade.

Although my boys did have a profitable lemonade stand over the weekend, that is not really what I am talking about – I am speaking about coping, redefining experiences, and making the most of what you have.

It is easy to assume the role of victim and succumb to less than optimal circumstances.  It is much harder to take what you have been given AND DO SOMETHING with it.  As women, as moms, and entrepreneurs…..we will be that much stronger after staring adversity in the face and squeezing ourselves a fresh glass of lemonade.

This past winter, my mom had major surgery, my father-in-law passed away, my mother-in-law fell, and both my husband and I are only children… absolute nightmare when it comes to dealing with family emergencies.  At the same time, we are both raising a family, growing businesses, and just trying to keep our heads above water.  It would have been much easier to let ourselves be swallowed alive by all that was going on, however, we did something different.  Yep – We made a cool, sweet glass of lemonade.

Don’t get me wrong there were days when the lemonade was bittersweet, but we did our best.  I spent days in the hospital with my mom working on my laptop sharing my biz plans and blog with her….we grew closer (if possible).  My DH took the time to share stories and relics from his father’s office with those that cared about him and made some new friends along the way.  Although days and weeks were hard, we also continued to check small items off our to-do list….

A painful subject, I know, but a happy ending.  Summer is here and the flowers are blooming, the days are long and bright, and never a better time for delicious lemonade.  Summer, for those of us on the east coast especially, is a time of rebirth, sun-kissed cheeks, and renewed spirit.

We cannot forget – For mompreneurs (and dadpreneurs), summer is a time of hectic schedules, juggling work and childcare, and tasting a bit of summer ourselves.  The good news is that after the winter I had, I am ready to accept not checking everything off my to-do list because I have to change my schedule for camp pick-up; the garage is a crazy mess with footballs, bikes, hockey nets, and popsicles while I make a few calls and answer a few emails; or I am up late!  AND, I am here to share that with all of you!

Life is one long and windy adventure, and sometimes we need to stop and squeeze the lemons.  Keep going strong with your biz plans, but go strong with your LIFE, too! Enjoy your summer, BacknGrooveReaders!

(It does not escape me that I am finishing this at Starbucks because my internet is down again — but, I got to have an iced cold coffee in return)

Take it from my beagle – sometimes, you gotta chill! Rachel


10 responses

  1. I love the lemonade sign. It is always good to stop and take a breath and even a sip of lemonade.
    Often I say, “Tomorrow is another day”, meaning somethings can just wait until the next day!

    06/06/2011 at 1:21 pm

    • Or even the next week – Haralee! 🙂 Thanks, Rachel

      06/08/2011 at 5:37 am

  2. Your beagle has the right idea!

    I think you also illustrated another important aspect of a successful entrepreneur. The can-do attitude. Some people make the lemonade and complain the whole time.

    Drink up (or if you don’t like lemonade sell it!) and enjoy the day.

    06/07/2011 at 12:58 am

    • Exactly Nicole – must have the “can-do” attitude! Rachel

      06/08/2011 at 5:38 am

  3. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or not, it’s essential to your sanity to be able to get creative in the face of adversity. B/c Murphy does show up to make things take longer than you expect, go wrong, cost more, etc.

    It’s life.

    06/07/2011 at 1:12 pm

    • Thanks Emily….We must learn to face adversity. Rachel

      06/08/2011 at 5:38 am

  4. Rachel
    Great points we must all remember to maintain a positive attitude in our hectic lives. One thing I love to remind myself is to use the work AND in place of OR. It changes my perspective when I am attempting to juggle too much or make some tough decisions. How can I do this and that! And sometimes it is just appropriate to say “NO”. 🙂
    Thanks heaps

    06/07/2011 at 1:50 pm

  5. I love lemonaide but sometimes, when I get too many lemons, I have to PLANT the SEEDS.

    And to Emily and anyone else looking for ‘Murphy,’ He spends a lot of time at my house, and I am starting to think we should marry {8)!, since we have such a close relationship, LOL

    06/10/2011 at 7:06 am

  6. Enjoyed reading your post as always Rachel. It’s so true. Just keep making that lemonade and chilling. The complaining and moaning doesn’t get us anywhere in the long-run. Everything is the way it is and it doesn’t mean we are making a bad job of things. Thanks for the reminder for the chilling right now. It’s time for me to make some lemonade and see that there is a big silver lining. And time for the next blog post.

    Fiona Stolze

    06/10/2011 at 8:17 am

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