This week, I received this email from Kerri Carlson. It was one of the most hilarious, moving and accurate portrayals of being a parent entrepreneur ever! Having written Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur for Moms, I just had to laugh out loud and agree with what Kerri shares in this email. (Reprinted with permission.) For what it’s worth, Kerri, a championship gymnast and her sister, Lynn, a former Olympic runner, are co-owners of the Every Woman in the World Conference series.
I am writing to let you know that I am in the running to win The SavvyMom Mom Entrepreneur of The Year contest…..did you: vote for me? It could mean I could win $22K in prizes, including $5000 cash or else I would NOT be up in the middle of the night sending this e-mail…my mom is going to wring my neck….
Bear in my pool.
But since I am up (because I just fed baby John – now almost 3 months old) and cannot go back to sleep, I thought I would give you a glimpse at what it means to be a mom entrepreneur. My mind is racing because I don’t know when else I will have a chance to send this e-mail since my toddlers are going to be up at 6am and I will be up to my eyeballs in boxes because we are moving this weekend. My mom and dad are here to help me with the kids and my priorities this week (other than potty-training my two-year old and packing and cleaning) have been buying a bunch of bumGenius cloth diapers off of Craig’s List and emptying and re-filling our 4ft. deep plastic pool that a bear took a bath in! I got the pool for $20 at a garage sale last summer (it is worth about $150) and it nicely complements the 3D Sharkbite slip-n-slide and two wading pools in our backyard that Uncle Ryan got for Max and Anna. You can imagine my surprise at seeing the head of the bear (his body was submerged) when I was (by myself) trying to haul the kids into the car at 7pm last Friday to take supper to daddy Scott who was still working.
So….other than having to get the rental house that we are in ready today for a showing (the house is for sale) and then getting locked out of the house upon our return, and of course getting the schedule and workshop leaders and details for every WOMAN – Victoria: A Day of Activity (October 2) sorted out – I managed to sit down while nursing the baby to watch my two naked kids enjoy water fun in the backyard, and well….I cannot thank you enough for voting for me if you already have or voting for me if you still can. I feel like I have already won the contest based on incredible comments that people have left…..
Anyway, PLEASE DO vote for me! You can use multiple e-mail addresses. And thank you for understanding that your vote has/would mean a huge deal to the every WOMAN business and concept that my sister, Lynn (single mother of 4 kids) and I co-founded to inspire through physical activity. We love what we do and we would love to do more to help people of all shapes and sizes get off the couch and get active!
Don’t you think she deserves a nomination?