Each year I like to think of a word that will be my theme for that year. Something that I can write down and place at my desk and around my house, as a reminder of something I want to prioritize throughout the year.
This year that word was community.
Being from the small town of Paulina, Louisiana, community has and always will be important to me. Although I love being in Charlotte, one of the things I often miss about living in a small town is how closely knit the community is. Which is why I’m so excited to be home for the holidays to spend time with family and friends that I haven’t seen in a while.
I always look forward to the holiday meals, the down time to just be together, and my all-time favorite holiday tradition: bonfires on the levee on the Mississippi River. On Christmas Eve people throughout the parish build giant bonfires on the levee and there are big open houses full of all the delicious Louisiana food… I’m talking gumbo, crab dip, jambalaya, Cajun Kringle… you name it. It’s so much fun!
All of this excitement about the holidays got me thinking about how important it is to be able to take time away from your business to be with the people you love. As a business owner, there is always something to do. From the day to day operations to the bigger one-time projects, there will always be something on your to-do list keeping you from slowing down and taking time off.
One of the things I love about working with my clients is being able to take the stressful legal stuff off of their plates so they feel like they CAN take time off. We all need a break sometimes. Even business owners should be able to take a step back, relax, and be with your community when you need to be. Whether that’s for the holidays, a spur-of-the-moment trip, or even an unexpected emergency… you should be able to prioritize your community and take time away, feeling confident that the legal aspects of your business will be completely taken care of.
If you’ve ever struggled with prioritizing community the way you want to, I hope this blog is a reminder and encouragement to you that it IS possible to have this kind of balance as a business owner. And I hope that wherever you’re at this holiday season that you’re surrounded by love and community. So cheers to this season, and to the upcoming new year!