Along the way, many unknowns have popped up: How much time will I take off? How will I schedule my workday when I return to work? Will I continue to keep my home office? Will I rent an office? Where will the baby sleep? And the all-important: where will the dog sleep?
After a brief moment of panic, I decided that rather than dwell on the fact that I don’t have the answers (and realistically may not until after baby arrives), I would take a different approach: let it go.
“Letting go of the need to know” has helped enormously to reduce my stress levels (which is very important during this stage of my life). I will admit that my personality—which dictates that I should have the answers for everything—has not made this an easy task. But in this particular situation, “letting go” seems to be working.
Before you think I’ve gone completely New Age, I should mention that I have been doing some preparation: Preparing a maternity leave plan and discussing it with clients/my interim designer. Looking at nearby office spaces. Researching local “moms in business” groups. Taking a workshop on preparing your dog for baby’s arrival (yes, they do have these).
So, though I may not have all the answers, I do have some creative ideas—not to mention the excitement and anticipation of my life taking a new and exciting direction.
How do you deal with the fear of the unknown in your business?