A Dream Becomes Reality Blog

To set the scene...

Ashley is pregnant, and is about two weeks into what will be her four week stay in the hospital for complications. Her emotions are all over the place: happy, bored, funny, weepy; it’s like watching four Netflix movies at one time.

For some reason, she is fixated on the fact that I only had 6 weeks off from work after she was born. Although she will be faced with the same plight, she just could not imagine only bonding with her small, needy baby for such a short time. Having this conversation took me back to the same feeling I had felt years before.

She later brought up my medical billing idea. The one she had heard about numerous times over the years. She began quizzing me about it's probability, thinking that this may give her the opportunity to tackle the two ‘B’s;” baby and bills. She has always wanted to be a full time, stay at home mom, no sitters or daycare, for at least the first few years of her child's life.    

I am surprised that now she has an interest in this business, something she knows little about. Something that before had only received unmotivated encouragement. But today she says: “let’s do it mom," "let’s get it moving mom,” “ we can do it mom,” and of course the icing on the cake, “you are awesome, you can do anything mom.” I was not sure if I had been kissed or slapped.

"If you are serious, we will discuss it, " I say and then I change the subject. Usually after a couple of days it is forgotten.

The very next day I get a text from her asking to plan our next steps and how much capital it would take to get started. Over the course of an extended hospital stay, delivery of one beautiful, healthy baby girl, and some recovery time, we talked, planned, scoured the internet and strategized about this business.

So we are on the way, and yes, I am scared and nervous and excited and happy and busy. There is so much to do. Where do we start? Do we have what it takes to pull this off? It’s now or never. This is my last shot and I’m ready. I’m going to give it my all - my daughter is watching.     

       “You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So get on your way!"

                                                                                                                                   - Dr. Seuss

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