Up until this year, Labor Day has just been an extra Monday off from the daily grind. Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, hanging out with family, eating good food, having great conversations. This year, however, I am feeling the start of something new.
I work a full-time job, while I build my photography business every night, after the kids have been tucked into bed. It's hard. Sometimes I want to sit on the couch, watch TV and eat ice cream - but I don't. Every night I do something, whether it's big or small, I do something for my business. On the days when I can do something big, I feel amazing. I feel like I am ready to take on the world. On the not so amazing days, when I can only manage to read a few pages in my latest business book, that's when it feels hard. I am reminded of how tired I am, or how much I want that bowl of ice cream. I am reminded that I don't even know what the hottest TV show is right now, or what the latest Presidential candidate scandal is.
"Sometimes I want to sit on the couch, watch TV and eat ice cream - but I don't."
In a small way, I find comfort in the fact that I have no idea what's on TV, or whether we even have ice cream in the freezer (chances are we do though - my husband is pretty good at keeping the freezer well stocked) because it means that I am hustling every day, to make my dream a reality. I may not have thousands of Instagram followers, or a webinar that is sold out...yet, but what I do have is the drive to get there.
So, on this Labor Day, you can bet I will be celebrating, because, when most people are rightfully relaxing on the couch, catching up on their TiVo (is that the latest thing?), reaping the benefits of the holiday from a 40 hours work week, I am building a company, honing my dream, for myself and for my family.
How are you planning to celebrate on your well earned day off?