When I embarked on the entrepreneurial journey 12 years ago, I don’t think I thought through what this would mean for my personal development.  We looked at the cost of purchasing the business vs. starting our own.  We looked at what it would mean for our family, my husband less than one year out of college with 2 children and a third on the way.

Now I know that it has been the journey of a lifetime. Often times our business doesn’t look like a 12 year old company because we chose to spend the first 10 years covering the basics like girl scouts, soccer, basketball and billable hours.  Essentially we owned our own jobs.

Personally I’ve had to learn to discover what buttons from my past are glaring for all to push whenever they want, if you heal the button no one can push it.  I’ve learned that money doesn’t buy happiness but lack of money earns a whole heck of a lot of unhappiness.  It turns out strategic planning is not figuring out what’s for dinner next Saturday.

When I first started public speaking back at the ripe old age of 26, my favorite slogan was, “Success is a journey not a destination.”  At that point it was a nice idea, but not a personally experienced truth.  Over the last decade, I’ve found that it isn’t just truth it is an absolute essential component to sound mind.

My time on this front porch will be spent exploring what does the success journey look like, from a business perspective, as a parent and a spouse of a loving 17-year marriage.  Hope you will join me. – Guest post on Basics Matter.