As I write this post, my household is dead silent. My three young children are asleep in bed and it’s almost midnight. Tomorrow will be another day that I balance being a stay at home mother, writer and entrepreneur. Although this is the busiest I have ever been, it’s also been the happiest. And I owe it all to the many sacrifices I’ve made to reach this incredible level of success.
Where it all began
Eighteen months ago, in April 2011, I had a vision for a blog. A blog where I would share deep and meaningful thoughts on parenting and motherhood. I wanted to reach out to other mothers and fathers and make a difference. For one year, I touched the lives of parents around the world, but still, this wasn’t enough for me.
A change in direction
In April 2012, I entered a ‘Blogs Competition’ just for the fun of it. But I found myself immersed in the idea of winning. I wanted it so bad. I wrote into the early hours of the morning; I wrote when I had the flu. But I didn’t win. I didn’t even make it as a finalist. But that competition made me realise one very important thing: how absolutely determined I was to be a writer. I wanted to write for everyone now, parents and non-parents, young and the elderly, the confident and the curious. I wanted to write about personal development to improve people’s lives, to build their self-esteem, and motivate them to become better people.
The sacrifices I have made
In order to reach our desired success, we must sacrifice parts of our life. It isn’t possible to fit in everything – we need to sort out our priorities. We must focus less on some aspects, but more on others, at least for the time being.
Photo credit: koratmember / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
In the last 6 months, I have sacrificed part of my sleep, my sanity, time to myself; to achieve my dream as a writer.
And I can say without a doubt, that it has been worth it.
- My first ever guest post which was published on one of the top freelance writing websites, was actually written at 3am while I was still breastfeeding my third daughter into the night and doing school runs.
- My second guest post on the No. 1 Personal Development blog in the UK, was written when my two youngest children were running amok in our house.
- A blog post I wrote was commented on by a famous Australian author, and written as I looked after all three children.
- I’ve spent hours working on my first novel, after a day of school runs and being at home with my other two children.
- I’ve emailed a website at 5am to secure a position as their Regular Contributor.
- I’ve spent hours picking out the right design for my business cards.
- But in spite of all this, I have maintained a good relationship with my husband and raised my 3 young children to be well-mannered, happy and healthy.
I have made so many sacrifices, but why?
Because for the first time since University, I feel truly alive. I feel like myself again. I feel like the same 18 year old who chose to study Psychology to change people’s lives. I am doing what I love.
In order to be successful, we have to ask ourselves this.. How determined are we to succeed? How much do we want it? Are we willing to sacrifice parts of our life, in order to obtain the success we desire?
If you really are that determined, you need to understand that they’ll be a lot of sacrifices to make. They’ll be sleepless nights, days you’ll doubt yourself, days you’ll wonder if it’s all worth it.
But if you’re willing to put in the effort, make the sacrifices and stay focused on your goals; then you’ve adopted just the right mentality.
And success for you is right around the corner.