Do you want to build an empire?

Be great and worthy of respect from all over the land?

Have people recognize your face in the grocery store… “Hey! I follow you on Instagram!”

What about having a six figure income? Making so much money that you don’t have to worry about putting your monthly bills on “auto payment”…

What if you travel for work and have to FaceTime you family every night? Or maybe you’re working two jobs. Maybe you don’t even get to say good night some times…

They say that it doesn’t come easy. Good things DON’T come to those who wait; they come to those who work their asses off. So just how far are you willing to go for that lifestyle?

I used to think that having the ultimate hustle meant that I had reached a certain level of success. Working a Monday to Friday job, momming, running a cupcake business, running a coaching business, keeping active, being present on Social Media “building my brand”, a writer… and so on. Staying busy is wonderful. But I was spread so thin.

Jack of all trades, master of none, they say.

I was tired and moody and snippy. My kids and husband got the worst of me. So who was I “hustling” for? Was I rolling in the dough? Was I making dreams come alive? Was I happy?

No.

I was quickly realizing that I was ok with “ok” – not being sensational; I was ok with being mediocre. I was working so hard, wasting away the best years of my life. I’m only 31, I have kids that still need me, and I’m spending all this time working – but for what?

It’s not always about the hustle, my friends. We are making ends meet and that should be enough. Time has no dollar value, and once it’s gone, it’s gone. The kids will grow older, and less dependent on us. There will be so much more time for the hustle and grind later on. But for now, I should choose living. A little less on my plate. A little less money in my savings account. A little more time with my fam. Because I know that when I’m 72 with money in the bank, I’ll wish I had spent a little more time with my loved ones.

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