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Why a ‘big enough’ business is the key to designing a life you love

Why a ‘big enough’ business is the key to designing a life you love

As an entrepreneur who teaches other entrepreneurs how to design a lifestyle business, I see lot of hype. Not a day goes by when my Facebook news feed doesn’t include some variation of::

“Reach and make millions!”

“Don’t let your small business make you small minded!”

“How I made 6-figures in just 60 days… and you can too!”

As someone behind the scenes with my own clients and business BFFs… I know we’re only seeing part of the picture. We talk about the end results {all those dolla dolla bills} and we might get a glimpse into their lifestyle {complete with lavish vacations and fancy cars}.

It’s so easy to believe that bigger is better… that a 6- or 7- or 8-figure business equals finally having that FREEDOM we are all seeking.

When money is the only yardstick of success, it’s easy to get caught up in the myth that more money = more happiness.

Yet, the conversations between myself and my business BFFs has shared a completely different perspective. For those who are dreaming of a lifestyle business {ie a business designed 100% around supporting your desired lifestyle}, there seems to be a point where there’s some truth to the saying mo’ money, mo’ problems.

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Here’s Your Permission Slip to Embrace Slow

Here’s Your Permission Slip to Embrace Slow

My husband used to tease me that I only had two modes::

The default mode – ON.

Always DOING. Accomplishing. Achieving. Pushing myself harder and harder until the job was done and the goal was met.

And when being ON for too long finally burned me out – I’d crash and burn into OFF mode {where there were days of binging on Netflix and catching up on sleep}.

Eventually it got to the point where going into OFF mode wasn’t enough. A few days break didn’t leave me feeling rested… I actually felt more tired. My energy reserves were completely depleted.

It was over 7 years ago when I finally got the message. That was the year that the burnout went from just feeling a little tired to weekly panic attacks complete with trips to the ER… and what was later diagnosed as adrenal fatigue.

I had spent YEARS telling everyone that I thrived in high-stress, high-pressure environments {yep – the ol’ ego loved that badge of honor}. Now, I understand that high-stress environments activates the release of adrenaline and cortisol – the fight-or-flight hormones. Great if you’re walking through the woods and end up facing a bear. Not so great if that metaphorical bear is literally following behind you every day, all day, for years on end.

Only having 2 settings – ON and OFF – was literally toxic for my health, my marriage, and my life.

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