It’s early Saturday morning and I’m in a deeply reflective mood. In a few hours I get on a plane to Chicago with my youngest son and officially launch him into his college career. Yowzers.
That’s big enough. In fact, it is about the only thing I can see that really matters this morning.
However, I just had a really exciting honor that softens my impending empty nest dread. Fortune magazine named me one of the ten “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs for 2013“! It’s a stellar list and I am so honored to head to D.C. next month to the Fortune celebration/summit, which includes rubbing elbows (or at least sharing air molecules) with folks like Marissa Mayer, Warren Buffett, Chelsea Clinton, and Sara Blakely.
My son is getting great mileage out of morphing the title of my award to suit every occasion:
- Most Annoying Woman Entrepreneur
- Most Embarrassing Mom Entrepreneur
He keeps me humble.
Finally, this lovely piece by Kate Harrison came out in Forbes yesterday that felt very cathartic to me. “The Grommet: A Storytelling Model Pays Off After Years of Struggle.” My favorite quote:
We weren’t failing as a business. We had wonderful incremental traction. It wasn’t through the roof — a lot of businesses that were through the roof are dead now.
I’ve been through massive amounts of trauma, joy, and excitement in the last few years. These emotions apply to launching a business, and to launching three boys. It’s a big week for me.
And did I mention I just got back from a pretty amazing trip to Japan? And that this week I got attacked by some virus that makes me look like a leper? Oy vey. My plague has nothing to do with Japan…the four docs in the Boston ER thought it was a cold virus gone bad. I’m on the mend thanks to steroids, which make me feel like I am on speed. I kinda like it.