2020 has been….
Well, let’s say that I am thankful that our little family embraced what we could and made the best of it.
And, it wasn’t all bad.
In fact, 2020 forced me to re-evaluate my need for “busyness”. I took the time to revisit my self-care practices and path for healing. If not for staying home, I may have skipped valuable lessons for which I am feeling grateful.
We started the year as an RV family, and in March, made the huge pivot by putting down roots in SW Florida. Beach time allllll the time!
And then, COVID.
I miss our travel lifestyle, but I am thankful that we were able to quarantine in the new house. We kept busy with “projects”: painting, putting together furniture, etc...We got to know our sweet little town by walking in the parks and trails. Met our new neighbors and had a few great socially-distanced driveway meet-ups.
Plus, time and stability allowed YBBL to blossom....
We had arrived at the “pinnacle” of our success.
Sadly, what should have been a joyful moment, seemed rather soul-less.
I looked down at my miles-long “to do” list sighed and thought to myself:
”This is it? This is what I have been (over) working for?”
Looking back, I can see that I had lost my joy.
As our business grew, I let go of all the little experiences that buoy a meaningful existence.
Instead, taking time for joy became an elusive cat and mouse game of “if” or “when”.
There was always “something” that became the new priority.
I was so focused on the business and I failed to recognize that I COULD and SHOULD lean into creating the space for joy.
Such a happy little word, yet, there is an elusive quality in describing joy.
The definition, “a feeling of great...
Movement was especially important to me, I would log several miles a week on my daily walks.
But as things got busier, taking time away to walk felt self-indulgent.
I tried to schedule walks on the weekends, but because I already had a backlog of “to-do” items, it rarely manifested.
At first, I was willing to forgo self-care because my business was a high priority.
In fact, I saw my “sacrifices” as a badge of honor.
I was a dedicated business owner, giving my all to see the business succeed.
But, the sacrifices kept coming until my entire regime of self-care practices disappeared.
My business was like a screaming child, demanding all my attention...
My schedule climbed from an eight-hour workday to ten, twelve, even fourteen hours.
If I wasn’t sleeping, I was working the business, talking about the business, or thinking about the business.
And, with all the stress,...
Today, I’m taking a deep dive into Your Best Business Life and sharing the cornerstone of my Business Pillar.
Previously, I’ve shared how running my business left me overwhelmed and exhausted, which ultimately led to massive burn-out, and forced me to re-think my approach.
As a result of that experience, I became "obsessed" with learning how to run a business more sustainably. I wanted a profitable business that didn't require me working 24/7 and feeling like I was always on the “hustle-hamster-wheel”.
I read everything I could get my hands on that talked about productivity, efficiency, working smarter not harder, increasing profitability, sustainable habits, etc.
Turns out, answers were in front of me the whole time.
A methodology known as Lean Thinking.
If you are new to Lean, you are probably thinking…
”Umm...is she telling me to apply weight-loss principles to my...
Welcome back, friend!
I'm so excited to continue sharing my journey to overcoming overwhelm & exhaustion.
So, grab a cup, and let's dive right in!
In my last blog post, I shared from the outside, it looked like I had it all together.
But on the inside—a whole different story.
I was in the mindset of “doing whatever it takes” which resulted in:
There were moments I would stop and think, “is it really supposed to be like this?”
I would wonder if all SBO's worked "all the time".
And, what was the signal that would like me know I could take a break.
Those important questions were subdued by comments like “great job" and "you're amazing" and "you are killing it!”.
In reality, overworking was killing me.
To make things worse, I wasn’t making the connection between the...