ST. CROIX INSIGHTS

Putting Family First

BY BRETT ANDERSON/ST.CROIX ADVISORS, LLC

putting family first

Photo by Jude Beck

I’ve never enjoyed being yelled at by my mom. Even as a grown adult, it always upset me. (No matter how occupied you might feel—whether in a meeting or asleep at 2 a.m.—when your mom calls, simply answer. It’s a firsthand life lesson I’ve learned.) But prioritizing family is something I’ve struggled with over the years.

I know I’m not alone in this struggle. There are moments when it feels like I have numerous conflicting priorities in life, leading to the sacrifice of what mattered most—often, my family.

I’ve been actively addressing this. It hasn’t always been smooth, but with age, my priorities have become more apparent.

What I’ve come to realize is that money plays a pivotal role in how I set my priorities. Being a business owner, I’ve felt the financial weight of meeting payroll for my employees and providing for my family. Sometimes, it’s challenging to step away.

However, a healthy business can handle a lack of attention by its owner every now and then. I’m fortunate to have an exceptional team I can rely on to keep operations running smoothly in my absence. Ultimately, I trust that everything will be alright, even when my focus is on putting family first.