Have you ever taken a speedboat out on open water? Felt the pressure of the wind as it pushes against you, whips your hair into a frenzy, squeezes tears from the corners of your eyes? The world, the water, becomes a blur as you hurtle forward, forward, bouncing over waves, dodging obstacles, racing toward your destination…
You reach a point in your fast-paced journey forward where it’s time to take it all in: to see how far you’ve gotten, where you’ve come from, what lies ahead.
You don’t stop. But you still.
Instead of pressing on, you bob back and forth. Rock softly in the residual waves. And instead of the pressure and the force, you feel other things: the intensity of the unobstructed sun, the sweet and salty smell of the water, the intense quiet of the world. You’re able to take a deep breath and look around, noticing details in sharp realization — things you were forced to miss as you sped by. The frothy bits on the wave crests. The crisp sand that lines the shore.
This pause is part of the reward for how far you’ve come. But it also allows you to plan ahead: to chart your course, to make adjustments, to refuel. The pause is part of the journey forward.
So often, in life and in business, we’re told that the only movement that matters is movement forward. We’re told to hustle, to work more, to try new things, to lean in and take what’s ours. But that mentality misses the importance of stillness, of observation, of noticing where your life is taking you and feeling it in the moment.
As I’ve grown in my own business, I’ve realized just how critical these times of quiet sameness are. When I pause the launching, the blogging, the brainstorming, the networking … that’s when I have time to simply focus on the work. To ride the waves of the efforts I’ve already put in. To put my all into my current clients, and better focus on the details of our partnership: what we’ve accomplished, where we have yet to go.
That’s also when I actually get to enjoy the fruits of my labors — when I can do all the things that set me off on this journey to begin with; say, for instance, chaperoning my daughter’s field trip. Or meeting my husband at work for lunch. Or spending a few lost hours slowly browsing Target on my own.
I think that, as moms and as business owners, we often forget that these pauses — these moments of stillness — are movements themselves.
So mama, if you’re feeling exhausted from the constant forward motion, turn off the engine. Look around. And enjoy how far you’ve already come.
She adores being mom to her two little ladies and drinking obscene amounts of coffee from mugs with pithy sayings. Find her on Instagram, and learn more about ways you can collaborate with MotherHustle.
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