Blogs/vlogs are back, bitches!
Not gonna lie – it kind of feels like getting back with an ex. You know, when you’re like, “Hmmm how do we approach this so that it feels new and fresh?”
Two things I love to do, though – talk and write – so, I figured why not put them together in one area?
I’ve been feeling really called to talk about burnout and finding balance in your business because, well, it’s what I’ve been working through in my own life. We could also call today’s topic, “Shit I wish I would have listened to years ago.”
I have worked with multiple coaches over the years and although each of them were quite different from one another, each of them at some point told me to chill the fuck out and go live my life.
Did I? No. Not fully.
“Anne, go live your life.”
“Anne, go have fun.”
“Anne, when you feel like doing more, do less.”
“Anne, live your life first and work when you’re inspired.”
Then all of a sudden, my editor pops the question, “Who is Anne behind her business?” That was the straw that broke the camel’s back. That was the final smack in the face to help me realize I had spent years being addicted to my business.
I didn’t realize I was addicted. I thought I was just doing something I really love to do. That is true; however, when it gets to the point you’re not showering until 3 or 4 in the afternoon, nor have you seen the sun yet (except through the window), it’s time to re-examine your life.
In addition to the question that smacked me in the face, I was also guided to create a goal that wasn’t business related.
What?! What the fuck is that?!
So, I created a self-care goal. Multiple. ‘Cause I’m a fucking overachiever. #Virgorising
*Drink half my bodyweight of water (in oz) each day
*Meditate nightly (in addition to my morning meditation) before bed
*No more phone in the bedroom
*No more waking up to an alarm
I’ve been nailing it so far. *Looks at clock and realizes I have about 20 minutes before I need to shut shit down to meditate before crawling into bed*
For real, though, I wish I would have listened years ago. I feel like maybe I would have been able to avoid some of the lessons I seemed to encounter repeatedly, had I taken fun a little more seriously. Also, can we laugh about how fucking absurd that sounds?
But honestly, that’s how it feels sometimes to someone who wasn’t typically encouraged to have fun before getting work done as a child. Most of us weren’t. Most of us were taught: work first, play when you’re done.
The perfectionist in me only tends to take that to the extreme because as an entrepreneur, there’s always more work that can be done. Am I right?
So, I decided to share with you some of the things I’ve implemented in my daily life to help me find more balance and harmony in order to avoid burnout.
*Have lots of dance parties
*Work in chunks
If you know someone who could benefit from this, please make sure you share it with them!