Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 13 — The balancing act

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Editor’s note: Since September, Worcester Sun has chronicled the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other Worcester families find affordable educational support and assistance. We used to describe her as an aspiring business owner; now, she’s an inspiring one, a full-fledged director of a Pleasant Street tutoring center that opened in late January. Her journey, though, is far from over.

If you quit the corporate world to embark on a quest for the American dream of business ownership, you’d better be ready to sync up your iPhones, iPads and hardcover planners, because you’re going to have no choice but to become a master of time management.

I don’t mean simply jotting down business appointments and the occasional light activity.

I am describing the kind of time management that allows you to still work out in the morning, attend every necessary meeting (and cut out those meetings of little purpose), have dinner with your family every night, build a team of fast learners, and still have days in the week to push it all aside and take a weekend trip with the ones you love.

Making time for family is an important part of Giselle's business plan. Here, Jaime, Brooklyn and Evian pause from exploring Gillette Castle State Park in Connecticut.

Courtesy Giselle Rivera-Flores

Making time for family is an important part of Giselle’s business plan. Here, Jaime, Brooklyn and Evian pause from exploring Gillette Castle State Park in Connecticut.

In the Flores house, we carve out a weekend every month to take a trip somewhere we have never been. Whether it is a faraway town in the corners of Massachusetts or a five-hour drive to Washington, D.C., we are strict about leaving it all behind three days each month.


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