Last week marked my 2 year anniversary of taking the leap into full-time entrepreneurship shortly after graduation.
Oh boy have things gone wildly, in both good & bad ways! At times, 2-3 businesses going at the same time. On track to 6-figures (seriously, something I could barely utter out loud because it was terrifying back in the day!) to then falling for WAY too many industry “shoulds” and rules, and then losing almost all of my business success & momentum…
To then finally gaining some ground again at the end of 2014, and starting to truly “click” with the idea of God being the CEO of this business. That’s something I’ve been saying for 2-3 years now, but something I couldn’t fully grasp until I head the insane ups & downs over the last 2 years.
BUT…all that brings me to something that isn’t fun to admit or talk about. Burnout. Majorly.
I’ve pretty much lived my life in the “balls to the wall” approach since I was in high school. There was one whole semester I’d get to school at 7am, and not leave until 9pm most nights. I was involved in THAT many activities, plus a full class load and one college class too. I so wish I was joking.
Then college came, and for most of those years I ran at least one business and worked at least one job, in addition to full-time class loads, although I was ahead of schedule thanks to college classes in high school, so I could do only 12-16 credits a semester and get away with it. Yet that just meant I could work more hours…took me a while to understand this cycle, and now I laugh/roll my eyes.
Then I pretty much RAN into full-time entrepreneurship with more than one business for the majority of the last 2 years. And sadly, spending way too much time grasping at straws to make it all work with our rapidly changing life over the last few years.
Obviously, burnout was inevitable since I’ve barely taken 4 weeks off in the last 2 years. No joke. And I mean truly barely, because I have major issues turning my brain off! (Insert raised hand emojis for all the creatives out there! ;))
This means my 2 year anniversary doesn’t exactly look as planned. Or hoped for. Yet I can see the fruit from this season + story more than I could my original plans + goals! It’s actually a huge blessing to see how this is all working out so well. Only God y’all!
That whole re-branding thing…yeah still working on it in a way, maybe I’ll start a “slow brand’ movement kinda like the slow food movement! 😉 But seriously…it’s a thing y’all. And I’m honestly proud of where it’s going and how freakin’ much it benefits this whole entrepreneur journey for me in the long run. Sorry to be kinda vague, but I’ll reveal more of this as we go this summer!
Healing burnout will be a series, maybe just for a few weeks, maybe for the whole summer. This summer is my “sabbatical” time. Although I won’t actually be taking time OFF fully, I have this awesome new rhythm (that I sometimes through a temper tantrum about, let’s be real…) of working part-time on super, super purposeful things and it’s already been so good. Tough at times, but good!
I have one super awesome collaboration project coming up, which I think y’all will love!
I’m really working on pruning everything around here, including branding/messaging to see what goes & what stays. I’m focusing on the “green lights” from God instead of all my crazy ideas!
My point in all this: To shed some light on this, so we always know we’re not alone. It’s a serious thing, but it’s certainly not the end of the world. It does need to be dealt with, but it doesn’t have to be a negative thing! Promise!
My motto this summer, and I hope yours too:
Your business, your work, should be your calling, not your WORTH. (A big lesson I’ve had to learn lately, and paramount to healing my burnout and getting on a better path with entrepreneurship!)
Updates on cool new projects + more burnout tips to come soon! If you have any Q’s, just email me or send me a note on Facebook. I’ll try to help as much as I can!
with love & blessings,