Leslie Antonoff is a content creator, television personality and style influencer. You’ve seen her face on TV, as one half of the “Butter and Brown” and the mini staple series “Big Screen, Small Bites” on Aspire Network. She runs a lifestyle blog thehautemommie.com. Read on as she shares about the challenges of being being an entrepreneur and the importance of making time to take care of yourself.
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about time. How we spend it, how valuable it is, and how we all wish for more. As I look at my calendar filled with meetings and dates, I think about the people who always say they wished they worked for themselves. And while the notion of not answering to a boss is the most common appeal of entrepreneurship most people forget about the time it costs.
It’s easy to long for the assumed freedoms of working for yourself but typically the average person isn’t willing to give the time it requires to have them. My goal in becoming an entrepreneur has always been simple - to create a life where I could choose how I spent my time. I recognized early on in life that time was more valuable than anything and now as a mother, wife, and business owner I understand that even more. Though I am mindful not to waste it, I do think my time gets away from me more than I’d care to admit. While article after article appears in publications of successful people sharing how they spend their time, I can’t say I’ve followed their lead and implemented a daily routine. There’s no meditation, I sleep with my phone right next to my pillow, and I definitely start checking my emails long before I’ve even had breakfast. But as I write this letter I’m imploring you, as I am myself, to not only place value on how I devvie my time for my businesses and my family, but also myself.
When I read those articles about how other entrepreneurs spend their time they don’t resonate with me because they have employees, discretionary funds, and I consider them to have “made it.” But the truth is - so have I. I have control over my life. I choose when I come and when I go. For that reason I am choosing to be kinder to myself, not to be so worried about whether I’m wasting my time or not. Not to worry if I’ve been productive enough or accomplished my goals for the day. Rather I’m going to allow myself the time to take a break, get outside, or read a little more. Because there’s one thing in this life that once it’s gone we can never get back and that’s time.
dude. be nice, is all about showing kindness to others but I want to encourage you to show that same kindness to yourself. Be gentle and give yourself time to grow, discover, and achieve. Success doesn’t manifest over night, and if it’s does it’s likely not worthwhile. This month put some me time on the calendar, that’s what successful people do.
Creator & Owner of Butter + BROWN, Sweet Knowledge Clothing Company and The Hautemommie
Butter + Brown | www.butterandbrown.com
Sweet Knowledge Clothing | www.sweetknowledgeclothing.com
The Haute Mommie | www.thehautemommie.com