When's the last time you checked out?


Recently, I checked out. I literally checked out of my day-to-day life for a full week. I left my family and my business behind on a sad minute's notice to focus on one priority - my Mom.

You see hospice called to inform us that my Mom probably had little time left on this earth; and, she lived a plane ride away. My amazing husband and daughter supported my hectic effort to catch the next available plane to spend time with her. 

The last week of her life I was with her. I was not thinking about anything else but my one priority, my Mom. Focused on being present, breathing the same air, sharing the same space, making sure she was comfortable and well taken care of.  But most importantly talking to her and letting her know what a wonderful Mom, friend, counselor she had been to me all of these years. 

I have never checked out before where I had one sole focus.  I was thankful I had the support that I could do it. Being present for my Mom's last breath was a blessing to me and I pray for her too. 

Now, I'm trying to be more present in all that I do. Whether it's listening to my daughter's complex school stories; or, watching a game winning play of my husband's favorite team that he DVR'd for me; or, being empathetic about a customer's challenge and figuring out how to be part of the solution.  

There are times in our lives where we must pause. 

This was a time where I stopped. I stopped everything including Sonya's blog. 

I want to let you know that I had a good reason. And, that the blog will resume being published every other Thursday starting today.  

I have officially checked back in. 


Sonya Ruff Jarvis, is the Managing Member of Jarvis Consultants and Founder of the eRetailer Summit. Sonya has extensive experience in creating original innovative solutions to overcome major business challenges.  Sonya has spent most of her career visiting headquarters across global industries and has built strong business relationships across diverse brands. 

Sonya has a M.B.A. in Marketing. She is married and has a daughter and they live in Fairfield County Connecticut.  

Follow Sonya on twitter at @jarvisconsult or @eretailersummit.