And that podcast I was listening to had a therapist on it who was talking about how people with anxiety and depression are seemingly handling this better than others because they deal with this level of stress on a daily basis. And I had to laugh out loud, because I do believe it's true. She said something to the effect of, "This is what being on the verge of a panic attack feels like for those who are unfamiliar." So, if you are one of those people who can't stop watching the news and hiding under your covers, I totally feel that. I've felt it on more occasions than I would care to admit. And I promise we'll come out on the other side of this.
Here are some ways I'm taking care of my mental health during quarantine. I hope some of them can help you all, too!
As I gear up to host my first ever The Balancing Effect event with the world in just two short weeks (holy moly guys!), I've been thinking a lot about imposter + comparison syndrome and how we as either a) small businesses owners, b) aspiring entrepreneurs, or c) women in general in today's society compare ourselves so harshly to others and feel as if we do not belong or deserve all the great things. I had those thoughts so intensely when I first had the idea for A Toast to Women in August 2019. Who am I to create this event? I'm a nobody. No one knows my name. No one will care. People will laugh at my attempts to do good in the community. But you know what? I'm so tired of playing small for fear of what other people think of me. I'm tired of dimming my shine for fear that it may be "too bright" for others. I'm tired of not going after the things that I believe in so greatly because of the opinions of others. So I'm diving head first and swimming this marathon until I cross the finish line. And I'm going to make sure people know what I'm up to. Because it's important and I deserve to be in this arena as much as anyone else. We all do.
For this week's blog, I wanted to share 20 reminders/tips for all those who may be dealing with imposter + comparison syndrome. You deserve to be here and your ideas are important. So read the below and remember these things every time you start to feel small. You, my friend, are worthy of all the great things.
Change doesn't happen overnight. Change, to me, is more of a slow and steady race against the you you hope to be and the you you want to leave behind. It's taken me years to build up my healthy habits and change my negative mindsets, and I've still got a lot of work to do. See below for some of the simple switches I work to make in my daily life that help me become the best version of myself. Know that yours may look very different from mine, and that's okay!
Similarly to looking back at the previous year to celebrate successes and failures, I always like to look ahead to the new year as well and get excited for all that's to come! I've got some big things happening in 2020, both personally and professionally. And while I won't give away alllll of my news for The Balancing Effect just yet, I'll still give you a little peek into some of the things I'm most looking forward to in 2020!
With 2020 in sight, I thought it'd be fun to take a look back at everything that's happened this year - both the good and the bad. I truly believe in celebrating every success and every opportunity that allows you to fail forward. This was, without a doubt, the greatest year of my life thus far. I grew leaps and bounds, learned so much, and fell flat on my face plenty of times along the way. So, without further ado, let's begin the 2019 tour!
This holiday season, rather than sharing the best deals or coziest finds for your loved ones, I thought it'd be nice to shed some light on some of the incredible local artisans and business owners in the Charleston community! I'm sure you've seen the quote that says, "Every time you support a small business, an actual person does a happy dance." Well, it's true. Every time an order for a True North Planner hits my inbox, I jump for joy knowing that someone chose to spend their hard-earned money on MY product. It makes me so happy knowing that something I created with my whole heart and soul is going to bring someone else joy.
Below are a few of my favorite local artisans and businesses to support. When shopping for loved ones this holiday season, I encourage you to shop small and give back to your community! These people work their tooshies off to provide you with the best products and services possible. Enjoy!