Saving Yourself From Burnout: Listen to Ron Swanson


Stellar advice from one of the best characters on my favorite TV show.

Some of you may already know this about me, but in addition to being in love with food for a living, I also have a web development business.

For many years, web development and consulting was exactly what I wanted to do. However, as the number of my health coaching clients grew, it started to get harder and harder to balance both.

I forced myself to take a look at where I want to be professionally, and that is: I want to give health and wellness clients more time and attention.

So I made the scary leap of saying no to potential web work. At the beginning of the year, I told my design business partner, the lovely Rebecca Pollock, that I’d like to take a hiatus from building websites and finding clients for our business.

You’d think that having more time availability would be difficult to structure, but quite the opposite happened. That mental space (as well as the gaps in my schedule) have easily filled up with creative time and tasks that I really like doing. Knowing that I can put 100% of my efforts towards Savory Wellness is incredible.

Now, here is the other side to this seemingly ideal situation: I don’t exactly have the income I used to have, and not having that security blanket is a little nerve-wracking.

This means my lifestyle has to change (and it has), but that’s more than okay. I may not be paying for fancy cocktails in the near future, but that doesn’t stop me from doing affordable AWESOME things like taking a day trip to a state park. I’m viewing this a time to be extra-resourceful.

Pedernales Falls

Pedernales Falls

Change is never easy, but it is also possible.

It’s worth it to me because I feel good – even lighter – about the time I spend with health clients, the reading and learning I now have time for to be a better coach, and the fact that I am less stressed and worried.

I’m excited to see what I can do with “whole-assing” all my energy into what I really want to be doing!

What kind of space are you making for yourself these days? In what area of your life could you use more breathing room?

Please share in the comments below, you know I’d love to hear it all.