Chris may be on vacation for two weeks, but I am working away. Not only have I spent many hours this week thinking and reading about, then writing yesterday’s post, but I’ve also been doing quite a bit of “real” work too, both for Papoose and web design/development.
In the wee hours of the morning last night (this morning?), I finished a website for Petticoat Row, a Nantucket business women’s association. I was so excited to work on this website. Not only was it fun to try my hand at new layouts and designs, but I also was happy to help out such a great association. Petticoat Row of Nantucket seeks to connect and empower our island’s women in business. They offer monthly networking events with great speakers, workshops, and the best support you can imagine for someone starting or managing a business. The founders of Petticoat Row have been incredibly supportive of me and my business ventures: besides asking me to build their website, they also have offered great support and advice for Papoose, and I was honored to speak at their November meeting.
This evening was Petticoat Row’s January networking event; as I sat in a room surrounded by upwards of 50 or 60 women, all of whom had come together to support one another and celebrate our efforts, listening to the speakers, I was so thankful to live in this community of women supporting women.
One of the speakers, Lisa Wisentaner of Nantucket Cycling Studio was amazing — she was positive, empowering, and infectious. Listening to her, I thought I could do anything. I was most taken, though, about her comments regarding balancing business and family. Lisa said that she does what she needs to do to make it work, even if it means going to bed after 11 p.m. and getting up at 4:30 a.m. As I burn the midnight oil building websites (which I enjoy doing but mostly do for the income) and blogging (for both enjoyment and hopefully eventual financial gain), and as I try to work on/for Papoose (which so far makes me nothing, but which I very much want to do) whenever I can cram it in, it’s nice to know that I’m not the only one coming up with creative strategies for making it all work. All the time, I wonder how I could possibly have started so many things and how I’m actually going to balance them all as I run about my days with Nora. Somehow it makes the crazy juggle a little easier when I get together with a room full of women who are all doing the same thing.
If you’re a woman working on Nantucket and haven’t yet checked out Petticoat Row, you should! I can’t speak more highly of this great group of women…and their website is pretty nice if I do say so myself. 🙂