Happy International Women’s Day!
This day is held once a year to celebrate what women have achieved – and what better way to show this than Kathryn Bigelow being the FIRST woman director to win an Oscar for her film The Hurt Locker.Â A huge “Woo hoo” and massive congratulationsÂ to Kathryn!Â
Society talks alot about women being up against glass ceilings, not having equal pay, and the business world not taking them as seriously as it should.Â
I don’t know how much of the latter is true anymore, but I do think that if you’re a motherÂ in business for yourself, it can be extremely frustrating.Â
I’d been aiming to launch Merrie Marketing last week Â but came down with the tummy bug that was going around.Â OK, so I battled on and the new website did go live Â (but I have toÂ admit to finally giving in and collapsing on the sofa in front of daytime TV!) but then Charlie came down with chicken pox and Sam got the tummy bug.Â So that was a week of fun and games and practically no sleep, and no launch marketing of any kind went on – let alone that with “Purpose and passion”.
And today – well, Charlie is still home.Â Although she’s perfectly well again and the chicken pox has gone, she’s all chirpy and was looking forward to seeing all her friends, nursery decided that “the other parents wouldn’t like the spots on her face” and so said she had to stay off until Wednesday.Â
The doctor said she’s fine, I know she’s fine, but you can’t make chicken pox spots disappear overnight however much you’d like them to.Â ARRGGHH!Â So that left meÂ reeling with anger (great start to the week…must learn to “let go”!).Â Especially as the other mums there were shaking their heads in disbelief.
So, here I am yet again attempting to work with a bored 3 year old popping in every few minutes.Â Not helpful to growing a business…and this is the thing us women entreprenuers have to put up with all the time…which is possibly what makes us all the more determined to succeed, and in fact, able to succeed.Â
Mutli tasking, coping with multiple interruptions, changing priorities at a moment’s notice…and that’s before we get to our ability to negotiate (two sick children wanting to watch diffierent films), dealing with outragious egos (children only ever think of themselves first), and smiling through it all.
So – to all you beautiful, brave and wonderful women out there – go and have a glass of wine on me and celebrate yourself on International Women’s Day!
Till next time,