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That Time I Totally Overdid It And Burned Myself Out

You’d think that I’d know better by now.

I struggled with chronic fatigue for four years in my late twenties/early thirties. I learned a LOT about just how much space and time I need to take care of myself.

But now, I’m used to feeling GREAT. I’m used to recovering from strenuous work or travel stretches in a HEARTBEAT.

And so … I forgot that I’m pregnant. I forgot that I have an almost-three-year-old. I forgot that I now run my own business.

And I SLIGHTLY overdid things last week after traveling for a girls’ trip with my best friend. I had a late flight home last Monday night and didn’t get in til almost midnight. (For a girl who goes to bed at 9:30, that’s practically the middle of the night.)

My son had been sent home from daycare “sick,” so when I woke up six hours later, I was completely exhausted, trying to catch up on work and trying to parent a toddler who had missed me all weekend.

Entrepreneurship, like parenthood, is not for the faint of heart. Can I get an amen?!

Susan Hyatt says that self-care is the best business plan, and she’s right. It took a few days of pampering (read: going to bed at 8:30pm and taking nap breaks during the work day) to feel like myself again. 

If you’re constantly burning the candle at both ends to get your business off the ground, I want you to step back and consider:

  • How can I take better care of myself?
  • How can I leverage my time?
  • Where can I ask for (or hire) help?

You got this. Have a beautiful weekend.

April 5, 2019

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