New Year, New Home

Hey there, Women!

I apologize for my fall from the face of the earth this last month, but I needed a break from all my work to manage our family’s move back to Michigan from Canada. It was a fairly big deal. Not only did we move from one country to another, but then the holidays hit. We moved out of our house in Windsor on Dec. 16th, into our new house in Michigan on Dec. 17th, I turned 40 on Dec. 18th, and we left for a 10-day visit with family in Minnesota for the holidays on Dec. 21st.

Today my three children attended their first day of school at their new schools. They were brave troopers and handled it well, despite the fact that our house is still upside down from the move, and finding backpacks, lunch bags and snow bibs was quite a challenge this morning.

After my husband and I dropped them all off this morning, I had a little  mommy meltdown. I cried because I’ve been carrying a ton of weight around with all the decisions I’ve been making for our family for the last two months. I cried because I’m a sap and felt a tiny bit sorry for my kids having to be newbies, even though I know they’ll be fine. I cried because I’ve been sprinting towards January 3rd and all that had to happen by then to make the day successful for so long. I cried because I’m hormonal. I cried because as a mompreneur, a whole lot of people depend on me, and it’s hard to do it all sometimes.

When my meltdown was over (thank goodness it only lasted about 10 minutes), I pulled my sappy self together and got back to business. I turned the computer on, found a notebook among the piles of papers surrounding my new desk/office space, picked up the phone and called a prospect. I am delighted she hired me. I think that meltdown helped clear out the mental clutter that’s been in my head for a while now.

I have so many new things to share with you this year–big plans to help mompreneurs be their best in business and life. I’ll be posting a lot of those changes over the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned.

What’s new with you this year? Please share below or tweet me: @mombizcoach.

Happy New Year!

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25 comments

  1. good luck Lara! I know that you will feel settled in a few weeks, and I look forward to seeing what you share in 2011.
    I did take comfort in the fact that someone as organized and put-together as you had a little meltdown b/c lately I am on the verge of one, and I was a little scared!
    looking forward to catching up soon – Rachel

  2. Thanks, Marni! I always feel better immediately after I share what’s going
    on. Girlfriends and colleagues like you always rally to lend support and
    understanding. Just knowing you’re out there makes it easier. We moms are so
    lucky to be able to rely on our networks. I appreciate you!

  3. Wait–Did you just call me organized and put-together? Have you seen my
    house????

    Ha ha…We all go through this. Thanks for your support, Rachel, and know
    that I’m here for you, too.

  4. I have had those “mommy meltdown” days. Happens to the best of us. Good to get it out. I am excited to hear about all the things you have in store. Happy to know you Lara!

    DAWN

  5. Lara: It seems like your meltdown was a reality check. When trying to juggle so many responsibilities at once, we push our emotions to the side, just to keep putting one foot in front of the other and getting things done. Then after accomplishing the feat, it hits–our emotions come tumbling back and we are reminded that we are human–and that is a good think. Taking time to enjoy the journey of life as a mom is wonderful. Kids grow up fast. Trust me, I know. Even melt downs can be moments of bittersweet enjoyment when you look back on them. Being able to be there for the kids is so important and the one responsibility you will always cherish.

  6. Thank you for sharing the truth about your reality and all the big balls you are juggling (so well, it seems to me!)

    You are so right about crying. Crying actually does heal us from hurts – also laughing, shaking and yawning. That’s why our kids do all those things to try to heal themselves from the hurts of the day. Then they (and we) can think more clearly when we are done.
    Best of luck in your new home! I hope your family finds lots of happiness and success here.

  7. Lara I had one of these moments last summer (and mini ones from time to time -lol) that stands out because it happened in front of other biz friends after the end of a workshop I was attending when I couldn’t find my keys. The ‘organizer’ who couldn’t find her OWN keys!! Needless to say I lost it thinking I would be late in picking up my son from school, then it exploded into all the other responsibilities I had. I’m sure it was quite shocking to my friends, but they were all very supportive and are some of my best ‘go-to-gals’ today! I saw where I needed to refocus my attention and the last 6 months have been good and this past month has been the best! Without going into all the details, I just want to say our best solutions at times come out of our breakdown moments when we allow ourselves the opportunity to embrace them. All the best to you in 2011!

  8. Happy New Year Lara! Glad to know you are human too! Sometimes I think we are afraid to let our guard down because all of a sudden we won’t be perceived as capable, knowledgeable or confident. In actual fact, your post made me further believe how capable, knowledgeable and confident you really are! Thank you for sharing and reinforcing that Super Moms can cry too!

    New for this year? Practicalmum.com is shifting to a monetizing platform. As we build our review teams of moms across Canada and the US, we provide an authentic parental voice on the latest and greatest parenting products out there. Thank you for the push you gave me at Blissdom to value my time.

    Hugs and kisses from another mom who moved 2 weeks before the holidays (seriously, who does that?!?!).

  9. You’re right, Mimi. Smart to take some cues from our kids. They aren’t yet
    harnessed with all the “shoulds” that we gather as we get older. I’m giving
    up on thinking I “should” be able to get back to normal already, or that I
    “should” be able to keep all these balls in the air. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Amen, Jennifer! I was just thinking that every time I share a breakdown, or
    a faux pas I commit, or a mistake I make, I never get any negative feedback
    or the judgment that I assume will be levied on me. Turns out, this world is
    full of compassionate people who appreciate it when others are simply honest
    and real. And love what you said about the outcome of your friends seeing
    your breakdown–I bet that just strengthened the bond between you and them.

    I respect and admire REAL people much more than I do supposed superstars or
    perfect folks.

    Great to hear from you!

  11. OK, Shelagh, you’re gonna make me get all weepy again.

    Thanks so much for your sweet words. I’m so glad that our talk at BlissDom
    helped you out, and I had NO IDEA you were moving before the holidays too!
    Yep, we’re nuts.

    What I’ve learned about this whole process is a lesson that keeps coming to
    me, again and again, since I’m too hard-headed to remember it: baby steps
    make real progress.

    Sending you big hugs across the miles!

  12. Welcome home to Michigan! We all need a break and it sounds like you certainly were busy enough! I’m excited for what you have in store this year!

  13. Hey Lara, glad to know you are human like the rest of us! 🙂 Welcome to the over 40 club!! (It’s a great place to be once you get over the initial shock)
    Looking forward to the great info you will share with us this year… as for Out of the Blue, we are getting back to our roots and focusing on helping others during the tough times in life!! (Sounds like you could have used one of our “thinking of you” care packages on Jan 3rd). Happy New Year and cheers to a great 2011!!

  14. Yes, being a Mompreneur is a crazy thing to start with. I have moved a lot, also with 3 kids. It does add spice to life, don’t you think? Congratulations on your new home!

  15. Holy kaw, Brittain! You’re doing all that by April? Hats off to you for a
    very productive start to your year.

    And if you have a meltdown, you will certainly have deserved it 🙂

  16. Dawn, I so love the support you provide to parents, and yes–I could have
    used some on the 3rd! It will be great to see how you develop your business
    this year.