Having just started this 52 weeks of happy series, I was almost immediately hit with the most unexpected, life-changing, and scary occurrence of my life thus far. So this second post of the series is going to be one that’s very personal.
Eleven days ago I underwent an emergency appendectomy for a burst appendix and spent the next 10 days in the hospital recovering. Without going into too many details, I have to share that I’m feeling beyond lucky to be alive as it was that close. And these past ten days have made me very reflective, and now inspired to live my life and run my business in a different way going forward.
Like almost every other blogger on the Internet, I built Fab You Bliss by myself, carefully curating the look and feel and constantly tweaking it to make sure I’m bringing you what you want. Over the past four years the blog has grown beyond what I ever imagined it would. And of course I’m thrilled to see it continue to soar to new heights. In fact, if you’re a regular follower you already know I’m in the process of hiring two writers and an intern to keep on following that path. I have several really great candidates whom I’m so looking forward to Skyping with soon to see if they are in fact what I’m looking for in an expanded FYB team.
While this is all great news for me and Fab You Bliss going forward, long story short, at the time of my surgery and the days following there was no one else yet to take over for me to keep the business going while I could not physically or mentally do a thing. For those of you reading this who run your own businesses, I’m sure I don’t have to explain how absolutely helpless you feel when you don’t have access to run it. It would be like asking the carpenter to build a house without any tools. In the hospital I of course had access to my laptop and my iPhone, but everything for editing submissions to feature to my entire email was locked in my office back home. Without access to that, my business basically shut down. And there was nothing I could do.
My apologies to readers who come for regular inspiration as well as to the vendors whose submissions were supposed to have been featured this past week. I promise FYB will be back on schedule starting Monday August 11, 2014.
The point I’m trying to make here is, if you’re a business owner who predominately runs your business on your own, be sure to ask yourself, “What if something happened to me today, how would my business keep running?” If your answer is like mine, that everything would come to a screeching halt, it might be time to reevaluate how you are running it. I know I’m going to do whatever I can to make sure I put some sort of disaster plan in place as I never want to feel so helpless again. And whether that means hiring a new assistant who can take over for in an emergency or having several weeks of pre-written posts to slip in if I cannot do the norm, this second post of my 52 weeks of happy is realizing I cannot do it alone.
Here’s a quick shout-out to the lovely ladies who dropped what they were doing to send me some wonderful guest posts during my absence. Sara from Burnett’s Boards, Chrissy from The Perfect Palette and Elizabeth from Bridal Musings, you ladies are lifesavers!
I hope this post will inspire fellow bloggers and other business owners to put a disaster plan in place for your business in case of emergencies such as mine. I believe a huge part of being happy is feeling secure rather than helpless and being prepared is the perfect answer for that.
Happy Friday all. Enjoy your weekend! I can’t wait to get back to bringing you inspiring new content next week!
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