Having kids and working through the holidays never worked out well for me. I felt like I was choosing work over my family and was spending a ton extra on daycare during that time.
Years ago we decided to gift our kids with experience which means they do not get a lot of “stuff” for the holidays. As an accountant I was facing our year end at the end of year and trying to get that time was impossible. 2 years ago I was able to get the start of December off for a trip to New York but I felt guilty and my boss was clear on her stance. I was 23 weeks pregnant with my third little girl and I knew something was going to have to change.
No one should feel guilty for spending the holidays with family.
If you are struggling to keep balance through this holiday season, know you are not alone. I have been there. I have had many fights over the years about staying home and taking time off when I needed it.
I will not lie to you. Starting and growing your own business is not easy but it is worth it. I have the time I need with my family. I spend a few weeks prepping and can take off 3 weeks for the holidays. I manage my time throughout the year by only focusing in on one thing.
You can create a life that supports your family but still gives you the freedom you crave. You have to start with your priorities and get clear on what is important to you. If you constantly are battling your priorities you will not succeed. Your priorities are what gives you that freedom. You have to set boundaries and stick to them. This journey is for you.