Here’s to wishing all of our subscribers and readers a very Merry Christmas (or a belated Happy Hanukkah) and a Happy New Year in 2014. This year has brought countless blessings to All Media Freelance, LLC (AMF). We’ve assembled a fantastic team of experts, achieved and exceeded our goals, made new friends, and enjoyed the exhilaration of a thousand tiny victories. On a personal level, my family has grown even more close-knit than ever before. I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but it happened.
Confessions of a Homeschooling CEO
Wham! It hit me right in the chest – like a .9 mm hollow-point slamming into a bulletproof vest – the burning compulsion to homeschool my daughter in 2013. Unlike in most movie depictions of bulletproof vests stopping deadly projectiles, the impact almost always knocks the wearer over, often leaving some considerable bruising and other injuries. That’s the best way I can describe my sudden notion about taking on this challenge. It certainly wasn’t a subtle, gradual onset.
I didn’t just want. I didn’t just desire. I needed to homeschool my girl. I’m not sure where it came from, but it was something I could not, would not turn away from.
It took me a while to convince the Dragonslayer that I could handle properly teaching my daughter while also running a demanding and growing content marketing business, but somehow I did it. I told him Penelope Trunk does it and, while she admits that her career took a small hit at first, she’s now going stronger than ever. He quickly reminded me that Penelope and her farmer could likely handle any financial ass kicking the adjustment period visited on their lifestyle, but that we could not. I continued to bring up Penelope and read her relevant blog posts aloud to him. He was not moved.
Finally, I stopped all of that and just appealed to him from the bottom of my heart to let me try it. I assured him that I could handle it and agreed to make other arrangements for her education if AMF suffered, even a little bit. I presented the picture of confidence and certainty in my ability to not only give my daughter a stellar education, but also my ability to do so while effectively running and growing my agency. And, with reservations, he agreed to support me in my dream.
Just between you and me: While I certainly did know, without a doubt, that I could do either one of those brilliantly at separate times, I had a quiet worry that I might not be able to pull them off simultaneously with the requisite level of excellence.
I took her out of private school, registered her with Seton Homeschool and purchased all the materials. No turning back now. Now I had to figure out how I was going to handle performing two largely unrelated, but very important jobs at once. As I brainstormed and came up with a schedule and a plan, my confidence grew.
Rather than cause any setbacks for AMF and our team, the arrangement helped me create new and innovative ways to manage my time. One of the primary tools I used to put these new time management concepts in action is mind mapping software. Unbelievably, AMF grew rapidly in both scope and breadth because of the unique way I began thinking about time and handling our regular and new projects. I’ll share more details about what I’m doing to get all of this done in a post after we ring in the New Year.
We gained more new clients during these initial months when I began my dual endeavors than in the entire two and a half years before. The growth caused me to actively build a team I can trust and depend upon, when needed. I’ve learned much about delegating and not taking everything on myself. The new system I developed helps me avoid entrepreneur-overwhelm, so I can see what projects and tasks need priority and why. And while I’d like to take all the credit, I owe any successes and victories to the One for whom the church bells will soon ring.
And what of my daughter’s education? We did a great job together with her learning and intellectual growth. She made straight As her first semester and is doing just as well as we begin the new session. The experience enriches us both and continues to bring joy and new knowledge to us every day. This dual arrangement has given me peace of mind in every area of my life. I know that 2014 holds even more growth and adventure for AMF and our team. And every day with my daughter, learning by my side, gives our family a priceless gift that words cannot adequately describe.
If I can pull this off, you can pull off any of your bigger-than-life ideas and goals, for sure! I wanted to share my favorite Christmas song with you…
Again, I wish everyone a Happy New Year. Make 2014 the best ever!