“If you don’t take the time to learn how to listen to your body, your body will create the time to teach you.” – Terri Lynn
5 years ago, I was 21 and H-U-S-T-L-I-N-G. I was working/commuting 50-60 hours a week as a Health Coach at a local clinic and on the side, I was building my side hustle. Bathroom breaks, coffee breaks, lunch breaks and commutes were FULL of building my side biz. And it worked!! In under 6 months I was making WAY more in my side hustle than I was at the clinic which allowed me to quit and be a full-time entrepreneur at the age of 21! #goalz
Do I regret that level of a hustle? Hell no!! It allowed me to create my dream life and honestly, I simply didn’t know what I do now! On the flip side of the coin? It also landed me in BURN OUT! I didn’t recognize it at the time. I mean I was young. What would be the biggie if I hadn’t slept for 8 hours a night for over a year? Or put going to the gym regularly on the side? Or didn’t cook a meal in months? Or was responding to emails from the moment I woke up to the moment I fell asleep? You guys get the picture…
I did NOT listen to my body. When my body said, ‘Yo! I’m exhausted!!” I would respond with, “I WILL PUSH PAST THIS PAIN!!”
When my body would scream, “I REALLY need a day off!!” I would say, “I am a badass Bossbabe and NEVER take a day off!!”
When my body would scream, “I desperately need you to feed me proper nutrition and MOVE me more intentionally!” I’d be like, “Yo girl, you’ve got to make sacrifices in order to build your dreams!!”
So, what happened? Whelp, my body decided to create the time to teach me how to listen to her. It was just over 2 years ago… I have a chronic illness and I relapsed HARD! I ignored it as long as I possibly could and suddenly it felt like I went from being able to power through 12 hours of work a day to not being able to get out of bed for longer than an hour or two a day.
It was HORRIFYING. Suddenly I found myself unable to attribute anything to my business, my husband or my community. I was embarrassed. I was depressed. I felt like I had completely lost my identity. I struggled greatly with feeling like it would be easier to give up on life than to continue to live in my meaningless life.
It took me a year of dedicated self-care, Naturopathic appointments and therapy before I was physically able to start building my dream again.
And I will never again place Self Care on the backburner.
I know how hard it can be to prioritize self-care as a Bossbabe. I know because I LIVE it! Let me teach you how to master your life again! Join my FREE Facebook group here!
Xoxo, Terri Lynn