As a chronic high achiever and people pleaser – it was easy to get sucked into the craziness of life… Stuck in what I thought I should be doing. Trying to be the “best Mom”, “best wife”, “best employee”, “best daughter/sister/friend”, etc… etc… Let’s be clear, no one asked me to – I took it upon myself.
Well, in early 2018 it became very clear that I could not sustain this and suffered a major burn out (defintion of burn out: physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress).
My symptoms included: chronic and extreme fatigue, depression, anxiety, confusion, constant preoccupation with work, relentless worry about not ‘being good enough’, lack of presence with my kids and family, and basically living on auto-pilot. My calendar told me where to be when and I was totally missing out on real life.
Things were not right – but I had no idea how to fix it. That is when I was saved by what I now consider to be one of my earth angels. She had been through and survived a burn out and was able to see herself in me. She helped me understand that I needed to step away and “get back to the amazing Julie” I had once been. She was right.
For the next few months, I dialed the noise in my life way down and was able to find tools, techniques and habits to be more mindful. I even found hobbies (definition of hobby: an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure.). Before my burn out – I had no idea what that was and so I’ve provided a definition for those who feel the same way!
These tools, techniques and hobbies are now integrated into my daily life. They “fill my cup” and give me energy to live life to the fullest.
The purpose of this website and the services I want to provide is to help others realize that there is more to life than the ‘rat race’ or the ‘hamster wheel’. I’m not quite sure where this adventure will take me – but I’m so excited to be on this journey and hope that you will join me.
Thanks for being here – just as you are – just as you should be.