On April 7th, my husband and I found ourselves in the emergency room of Utah Valley Regional Medical Center with our 11-year-old son, Samson, who was gravely ill. Unbeknownst to us, his appendix had ruptured “some time ago.”
Two days earlier he had come in from the playing soccer in the backyard to tell us he didn’t feel very good. What looked like the flu was much, much more serious.
I spent nearly two weeks living with him in the intensive care unit. Then he came home for a couple of days and ended up back in surgery for a partial bowel obstruction. He finally came home (hopefully for good) on April 29.
After the first, very long night, I ran home for a couple of hours (while Sam stayed with him), to shower, change, and grab some things. One of the first things I packed was my computer. I’m blessed that, as a professional blogger, I can work anywhere there is an internet connection. So, other than the overwhelming concern for my boy, my work wasn’t really impeded. I could attend to him whenever he needed anything, and still setup blogs, provide consulting, complete customization, and keep up with correspondence when he was sleeping.
This worked remarkably well, but reiterated to me the importance of multiple streams of income when running your own business. If your entire business is built on selling your own time, you have a serious problem if you’re too sick to put in the hours.
Creating lots of venues for passive income with your blogging business gives you the freedom to spend your time with more important things — like spending time with your very sick loved ones.
Another reminder came as I saw so many sick people day after day. Now, of course, many people are hospitalized through no fault of their own. My son didn’t cause his appendicitis, but he was still in very serious condition. But so many people are chronically ill because of their own bad choices, habits, and behavior.
Smoking, abusing drugs or alcohol, having poor eating and sleeping habits, obesity, etc., make a huge impact on our health.
As I watched to many people struggle with pain and disability, I became more determined than ever to have my own choices have a positive affect on my health. While I can’t prevent all illnesses, diseases, accidents, I can make sure I don’t contribute to them.
This is particularly important for those of us who work for ourselves.
Watch for even small things you can do for good health. If you’re consuming gallons of coffee to stay awake, consider a better sleep schedule and foods that won’t cause an energy spike followed by a drop. If you’re sedentary while blogging at your desk, get up early for a good workout every morning and schedule some activity during the day. If you have inflammation because of repetitive movement (a problem with lots of computer workers), try Nopalea, a wellness drink that contains Betalians, rare antioxidants that have been proven to reduce inflammation. If you spend lots of time in the sun, use a quality sunscreen to protect your skin. Eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits. Drink lots of water.
There are so many simple changes that can make a big difference in your health and quality of life. And keep you out of the hospital. Trust me, it’s worth the effort for your business an your stress level.