Balancing Act

August 19, 2016 No comments » [ssba]

Just when you think you can’t get any busier, the floodgates open. Isn’t that how it always goes? As a small business owner, I know that being busy is the only way to be. And right now, during the summer months, the business I own and operate with my husband is slammed. While this is a good thing, it also makes everything outside running the business very difficult: being a mother, taking care of my home, grocery shopping… you get the idea. Almost everything is put to the side because there just aren’t nearly enough hours in the day. Of course, you don’t need to be a business owner to know what I’m talking about; seems like Americans in general are pulled in a million different directions and are waiting for the right time to slow down and breathe. (Then again, when things do slow down, you’re left wondering why you aren’t busy – why do we do this to ourselves?!)

Summer vacations aren’t part of my family’s schedule; summer is too busy with work. But time must – absolutely must – be given to unwind. The way we run ourselves, we’ll break down if we don’t do this. So, what can be done? Depends on what you’re into. Me? I’m into wine. When I’ve had days that lead me to ponder pulling my hair out, I end them by leaving my business phone on my desk, going outside and sitting on my porch with a glass of wine.  I must be quite a sight for my neighbors – sometimes I mumble to myself, I think I’ve even shed a few tears on really bad days, and I definitely do a lot of head-shaking recalling otherwise difficult clients. About halfway through my glass, I’m usually feeling better and my mind starts to wander off of work and onto other things… like perhaps planning a winter vacation. One glass is all I need, always one glass and sometimes a second but only with dinner. Now, if I didn’t have a 5-year old to take care of, you can bet that on the worst days I’d be enjoying half the bottle, at least.

2015 Vermentino… Crisp, floral and fruity… What more could I ask for?

Right now, my wines of choice are of the lighter variety – a great, dry rosé, is always welcome, like Ponte 2015 Pas Doux, with a fruity and crisp white wine being my second choice. I love 2015 Vermentino and 2015 Arneis on the humid, hot days that summer typically brings.

Dry rose? Yes, way!

Am I saying a glass of wine every night is a substitute for a vacation? Absolutely not. There’s no substitute for time spent with those you love, away from the pressures of work and everyday life (day trip to Ponte, anyone?) It’s more of a treat – a reward – at the end of long and often difficult days. My tiny gold star that tells me, “Guuuurl, you deserve this today!”

My idea of unwinding at the end of a long day!

And you do, as well! Keep a bottle of your favorite wine around, because, well, mama said there’d be days like this, didn’t she?


Erica Martinez

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