Seeing that January 2014 date as the last published post was a moment that stung slightly, as I realized how thin I have been spread over recent years, but also a moment of triumph as a mom, wife and entrepreneur that I have survived and thrived. I am filled with such gratitude that my life is so full, but like many other women, it is a rare minute that I don't feel like I am dropping one ball or the other. Writing has always been something enjoyable to me, a way of paying it forward of sorts, sharing my experience, and selfishly a way to chronicle my journey. Unfortunately writing is one of the things that was sacrificed over the past 2 years as it easily fell below the priority of time with kiddos and time at RuffleButts. It is today that I make the conscious effort to move it back up a few notches on the list.
Oh where to begin? How about a plan? So, it is my plan, going forward from today, to share all parts of me. Or at least all parts that I think you may find of any benefit or interest. I will share 1 piece business journey, 1 piece beneficial business tools, 1 piece motherhood and 1 piece life lessons to pay forward. This has been the blog past in general, but I will do my best to share on a regular basis go-forward. If you have any other questions or requested information, please feel free to post questions and comments here and I will do my best to respond. As always, I am truly grateful for your interest and support along the way!
As a glance down at the date on my computer, I seriously can not believe that the new year is just around the corner! I am amazed at the rate of which life speeds by, getting faster and faster every year. I vaguely remember back to adults having this same discussion in my presence as a child, but could never understand what they were talking about since summer break seemed oh-so-far-away. Now, I get it. I understand more and more each passing year.
As the new year draws near, I have spent a bit of time analyzing my personal goals, as I think we most do when the Christmas trees start popping up at malls everywhere! I have realized that many things are just as I would like them, but many others need more attention. Say, this blog for example!!! (Mark, no comments here!) See, when I started RuffleButts years ago, I was very driven to create a successful business, but equally important was reaching people all over the world to share a positive experience, an inspiration in some way. Although this is still very much a priority to me, with the time commitments of the business, our company family, and my own family (now a bit larger than it was at that time), I have found myself sacrificing a few of those things that were and are important to me. This is absolutely no excuse, but I know I am not alone here!!
So, my commitment to myself and to you, our readers...I am making it a priority this year to share more of my journey. It is my true hope that this journey inspires you in some way. Maybe it makes you laugh (at our comedy of errors), or cry. Maybe it gives you that kick-in-butt that you've been waiting on to pursue your own dream. Whatever your dream may be, whatever your own story, I hope you'll come along for the ride!
Where does the time go?? Time has always gone by quickly, but I am discovering that the day that "Mommy" replaces your birth name is the day that the clock goes on high-speed! Is it Christmas yet? It will be before we know it!! I seriously can't believe my last post was in March! So here's the quick summary of March to July for me and RuffleButts...
March - ended up in the hospital with early labor
Early April - ended up in the hospital again with early labor
April 4th - our little one decided to finally make his entrance...for real this time! Yes, you read that right HIS entrance!! We were blessed with a precious little boy, Jonas David Schaub. April 6th - I returned to the office, with Jonas in tow (maternity leave...what's that?!) May 11th - we relocate the entire RuffleButts office, warehouse & team to our new space...with Jonas in tow May through June - working at the new office...with Jonas in tow late June - my little boy has his first day of "school" July 1st - here I am, seriously I feel like it's still March!
I realized recently that when Aubrey was born, all of these women kept approaching me in public to see our little squirt, and they all had the same response..."enjoy it cause they grow up so fast." At the time, it seemed like she would be a baby for years to come. Now, the 2nd time around, I finally get it! They were so right, they do grow up incredibly fast. I am truly soaking up every minute I get with my little ones and treasuring every bit of it.
In a way, my children are mirroring RuffleButts for me. They were born within a year of one another. I feel like I have watched the business crawl, then walk, and now with our new warehouse and incredible team, I feel like my little baby is growing up! It could not be more rewarding to witness this process. And the best part is, this baby, RuffleButts, is being raised by a village. Our team and our customers have such a hand in where we are today. I know, for a fact, that we would not be here without them, without you.