From the outside, running your own business can look pretty amazing. You choose your own hours, you're doing what you love, you get interesting opportunities plus freedom and flexibility. And it is all of those things. But there's a down-side too.

Recently, I had a week of drastic highs and lows. I celebrated my birthday in Sydney by (among other things) attending the Small Business Champion Awards. The celebrations continued when I got home to Melbourne with my family.

And then...the kids got sick. I waved goodbye to my personal space for a few days as I was cried on, slept on, even puked on. Anything business related got dropped as I rode out the not-so-high of being a business owner - wishing I could just call in sick and someone else in the office would pick up the slack.

I'll be honest with you, I struggled (as I shared over on Instagram (@soarcollective – look for the pic of sick kids leaning on me!). I missed business-owner me and I didn’t know when I’d see her again!

Regardless of whether or not you have kids there will always be something that pulls you away from your business - your own illness, a family crisis, a friend that needs your support. You'll feel guilty, maybe even resentful. The work will continue to pile up so when you do get back you'll probably feel overwhelmed, having lost sight of your own version of super-sized, on-fire you. 

Here's what I remind myself at times like that, and I want you to hear it too: You are doing the best you can and when the wave passes you will climb back on top. You will once again feel like you can conquer the world! 

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