I am a business woman. Looking back at my journey, inspires me and tells me of a little secret that I have kept.
It is 6 AM on the clock. The soft fog greets the morning school-goers, newspaper vendors and some joggers. A woman in a hoodie, runs past them. That’s me. I have been doing this for years now and so, I guess that’s not unusual really. ‘130, 131, 132’, I count the calories burnt on the tracking device on the wrist. As I do that, my phone softly vibrates. I know it is the notification for my meeting with Mr. Singh at the nearby cafe at 8 AM. Huffing and panting I draw my phone out. Two messages. ‘Where is my uniform’ from my daughter and ‘Can we meet at 7:30 instead?’ from Mr. Singh. My daughter leaves at 7 AM. Oh no! Not much time! I immediately run back the 3 kilometers to my house. My daughter is waiting for me to pack her breakfast and find her uniform and sign her homework sheets. There are eight different dishes in the kitchen to be served to eight members in my family. There is packing of lunch-boxes to be done as well. Mr. Singh has requested a change in my latest proposal and has sent me two ideas to work on. I rub my hands, draw a deep breath and walk ahead. It is going to be a long and amazing day.
Women like me are growing everywhere. We run a business to fulfill those goals that the world always told us not to believe in. We run our families, not because we would be judged if we didn’t, but because we love our families! We keep the accounts for each and every aspect of the business and the house as well. The first penny spent on the milkman’s bill to the last penny spent on the cup of coffee ordered over the final meeting for the day- we track it all. We calculate the money saved in the last shopping excursion and we also look at the RoI of our business and think about optimizing it further. I spend five or six hard worked hours, doing every possible bit to make by business grow bigger and stronger. Of course, those hours add up to enrich my account. But the real prize is getting quality time to spend with my daughter in the night. Business woman and house maker- I have been leading these two lives ever since I embarked upon my journey. My trick, that I also recommend, is to automate the processes at home and at work. This helps me find more time to attend to other priorities without affecting the daily schedule.
Looking back at my journey, I amaze myself with the amount of growth, discipline and ambition that I have acquired.
I always dreamt of having something of my own. I am sure many others do as well. When women like me get married and have children we think the time to go for our dreams is over. But my story and the story of many others like me is different. Because, we chose to be different. Because, we chose to walk a path that grills us every single day, in all possible directions. Because, when we look back at the journey we only see a trail that we can be proud of. We also have our bad days. Those are the days when a business deal doesn’t work out or a judging relative suggests that we give up or the fear of failing becomes just a big bigger. But then, the sun shines again and we fight ahead with renewed hope.
Looking back at my journey, I think that there is nothing in the world that can stop me from achieving the highest success in business and in family!
My journey’s stories are filled in a little secret… a secret diary. Every day, I write a new line in my diary. This diary is not one of paper and ink. This is the diary that submits a new page in my memory every day. This is the diary that contains the thrills of my best days and the sorrows of my worst as well. This is the diary that makes me smile and inspire myself to do better every day. This is my diary. The secret diary of a business woman.