This is episode 415. It aired live on Sept 7, 2022.
Maybe you thought I made it to 10 years and gave up.
I didn’t give up. I was really not in a great place at the end of April this year. I want to tell you about what this summer was for me. What I did that was hard and how I have grown, changed, and where I still struggle.
This was the first episode after a long summer off. The longest break I have ever taken from the weekly show. And I am explaining why this week.
This week I’ve got the first of a three part series which recaps what I have learned over this past summer. This episode sets the stage for the struggles I was facing. Many of which were self-imposed.
The summer of 2022, started out pretty rough. I was over-taxing myself. Putting unnecessary extra pressure on myself.
Can you relate?
I wasn’t eating well or sleeping well. I was saying yes, yes, and yes.
My inability to judge time and how long things take (a lovely by-product of my ADHD) was making me over-promise and therefore feel like at every turn I was disappointing people left and right.
I was in the fast lane on the road to a serious burn out.
I thought I should be able to handle everything. It wasn’t as much as I had done in the past so I was feeling like a failure.
I had finished with three brand new talks which I enjoyed giving and had at least two more to prep for. I had four big design projects (three web projects which were awesome and significant in scope). I had four print booklets that were on the horizon.
I was still thinking about doing camp in July. But then life came at me hard. A conversation with my sister brought perspective to my out of control habit.
That habit of trying to please everyone was not working and I was drowning. I felt like I was disappointing people left and right.
So if I did not get back to you, I deeply apologize. I am just now getting my feet underneath me.
Want to hear more?
I would love to share what I learned.
Where my next steps took me.
Where I was heading and how many times I hit my head on the floor as I face-planted because things weren’t working.
This is Part 1 of 3. This is the darkest one, it does get better. I needed hibernation. Have you needed that but couldn’t take the time? I have some ideas. I have things I tried that worked and many that didn’t.
I hope you can learn from my mistakes. It has been a long, good summer. I can’t wait to get back to our regularly scheduled Wednesdays, First name / friend!
Come a little early and introduce yourself in the chat, tell us where you are located in the world and say hey!
Have you ever felt that you were on that road to burn out?
When was the last time you were overwhelmed with self-imposed responsibilities?
Do you worry that you are disappointing people with every decision you make?
I hope you’ll join me this Wednesday, Sept 7 at 7:30pm BST / 2:30pm ET / 11:30am PT / 8:30am in Hawaii.