As a designer, stylist, and photographer, I was surprised to find recently that some of my most popular posts (on social media, my blogs, and live streams) are actually about self-care and mental health.
It made me realize that a lot more people than I perceive experience the same anxiety, pressure, and self-doubt that I do. It also made me realize that the way I’ve gone about building my business has been unique.
In my business, I’ve made sanity and making money equal priorities. Not everyone goes about building an empire this way. Some people play it safe and err on the side of protecting their hearts and minds, and then never get their businesses off the ground; others throw themselves entirely into money, without ever recognizing that no amount will ever be “enough.”
What made me choose (because I did choose) to make sanity and money equal priorities?
Well, honestly, at my last job, I had terrible, life-controlling anxiety. Multiple times a day I’d experience dizzy spells from either forgetting to breathe or hyperventilating, and I’d have to find a dark, hidden corner somewhere to close my eyes, tuck my head between my knees, and pray.
People around me liked to joke that one of my “bad days” at work was like anyone else’s best day—that I could get 3X more done in an hour than should have been humanly possible. Part of me was flattered and pleased by these types of remarks; another part of me felt like at any moment, all the spinning plates were going to fall and smash to bits. Read More