When I started The Healthy Maven, I could have never dreamed I would one day call it my job. It was 100% a passion project that I started in order to connect with like-minded people and share my love for health and wellness to a community that I *hoped* might be interested. I also not-so-secretly hated my job and needed an outlet where I could express my creativity and feel productive at the end of the day.
A simple decision to start sharing my journey on the internet completely changed the course of my life. Did it come without struggle? Definitely not. But after 4.5 years of THM and 3 years of running it full-time, I’ve managed to sort out a thing or two. One of the hardest parts about running my own business and also having an extreme personality is my inability to STOP working. When I’m passionate about something, I want to throw myself into it completely, sometimes at the cost of my own well-being and social life.
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In the past, I used to eat up the messages and the people promoting the work-hard, hustle-harder culture. I used their words to validate my own overworked schedule, even though I knew there was a better way to manage my life. In the end I ended up with some pretty bad burnout and some not-so-happy people in my life, myself included. I had built a business I was proud of, but I couldn’t say the same about the person behind it.
I knew that when I was too busy helping other people lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle to have time to sit down and eat a real meal, and instead found myself eating popcorn for lunch and scrolling Instagram at 10:00 PM that it was time to make a change. The last year of my life has been precisely this.
What I’ve discovered is that “hustle” doesn’t mean working all.the.time. You can be passionate about something and still live your life. It just requires some commitment and a lot of practice. Even if you don’t work for yourself, many of these tips apply to you too.
I committed myself to finding a better work-life balance when I wrote this post last year. Here’s what I learned along the way: