What a difference a year makes.
Last week, I was going through old posts (mostly trying to find old holiday content that I could re-share) and stumbled upon this post. At this time last year, I was in over my head and drowning. Our new business was still only a few months old and Lynsey, my partner, was out on maternity leave. That compounded with the holidays, family obligations, monetary stress and just trying to get out the door in the morning had me running ragged.
I think a lot of people think that I’m not dependent on the income from Lemonade. That quitting my job was an easy choice. I know I only feel this way because I’m a woman. Certainly no one would think that if the gender roles were reversed. Either way though, I can assure you that starting our business wasn’t just a fun project. We’re building a business, one that we hope will help, not only contribute to our own bottom lines but also to those of our future employees.
So for all of the “life is expensive” reasons, I was stressed out. It showed in my skin, my eyes and the way I carried myself. But I knew it was a season. And thankfully, all seasons change.
During that season, I made lots of mistakes – mostly at work – and that was tough for me. As someone who holds themselves to a high standard, this was hard for me. But I was doing what I could do get through and I made peace with myself that it was enough. Not to say that was easy. There was bad skin, exhaustion and a lot of tears. Starting a business may be easy but keeping one running and making it successful is a lot of time, hustle and hard work. Without even mentioning trying to maintain some sort of home life.