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I Did It…I Burned Out

LIFE

October 30, 2020

If you’re an email subscriber of mine, you hear this last week (and if you’re not subscribed, sign up here).

You haven’t heard from me in a couple of months and there’s a good reason: I burned out.

It’s actually somewhat ironic because I’ve spoken on international stages about organizational culture, employee engagement, well-being and, most recently, burnout amongst female PR practitioners.

Yet, I had a hard time following my own advice. Between a demanding job, having two kiddos suddenly at home for months on end with no place to go, tight research deadlines, not being able to see my family back home in Canada because of border restrictions, extended family issues–you get the picture–I was done. D. O. N. E.

So, I took MANY steps back, eliminating a lot of things from my life: I quit my corporate PR job to re-launch my consultancy; I sold off domains and sites I no longer had the passion to develop (I have a bunch more to sell, so if you’re interested, reply to this email); cut out Zoom happy hours; stopped trying to keep the house clean every day; and stopped feeling guilty for letting my girls watch TV while I work.

I’ve been slowly stepping away from social media. Not completely; but enough to delete the actual apps from my phone, forcing me to log on only when I’m at my computer.

The idea for this first popped up when listening to Jen Hatmaker’s new book, “Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire: The Guide to Being Glorious You,” in which she talks about doing what we were *meant* to do, not what others *think* we should do. She champions readers/listeners to not be on the sidelines of their own lives and to live the life we actually want to live.

I want to live without working non-stop. I want to enjoy my kids while they’re young enough to still want to be around me 24/7. I want to relish having dinner every night with my husband because we’re not dashing off to various kids’ or volunteer activities.

So, I’m trying to slow down and live in the moment.

This pandemic has caused panic attacks amongst many of us planners because, well, we can’t plan if we don’t know what tomorrow will bring.

Let’s stay engaged on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and/or LinkedIn. What I’ve realized is that us moms in comms need to support each other, whether we actually know each other IRL or not. I’m here for you and will do the best that I can to keep this community together.

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