It was Valentine’s Day 2003. Jonathan and I were out to dinner without our precious first born toddler when I sprang the news.“I want to quit work. I want to be a freelancer so I can focus on being a mom.”
See, the problem with this idea was that I had a really great job – a job I loved that had rightfully earned my heart and soul. It was also (details, details) a job our family depended on to pay the bills.
But Jonathan did what he always does. He stayed calm. He got out a pen, and we brainstormed company names on the paper napkin at Joe’s Inn. Rhudy & Co. was born.Suddenly I was busy. I sat up a folding chair in the playroom, paid a graphic designer way too little for a logo, and drove to the far corner of my county for a business license.
“But God, luck and hard work were with me, and today Rhudy & Co. is a fun little communications and marketing firm filled with hard workers and great writers tied together by a passion for life and creativity.”
And never once did it occur to me that this thing might not work.
I realize how foolish that sounds, and, in retrospect, it actually was. But God, luck and hard work were with me, and today Rhudy & Co. is a fun little communications and marketing firm filled with hard workers and great writers tied together by a passion for life and creativity.
Rhudy & Co. is virtual, so the people in our company can build careers on their own terms, working remotely, and I love that. I love that everyone on our team is interesting and passionate about things bigger than work. Because of course, work’s not what life is all about.
Funny. That first dream of “being a freelancer to focus on being a mom” quickly shattered, and I replaced it with a new dream of building a small, quality company. And that elusive work-life balance people write about seems to actually be impossible … at least for me, but I’m okay with that. I’m no longer sitting on the folding chair, but I’m still having fun.
And isn’t that the point?
–Michele Rhudy, APR, loves helping other entrepreneurs with their own dreams – big and small.