Taking Breaks Before Burnouts
“Georgie, you want a breakthrough but you’re heading for burnout… or worse, complacency”
Isn’t it funny, how when you hear someone else speak truth to what you’ve been feeling, it’s instant relief. It’s like taking off your backpack after traveling all day. Your shoulders are still sore, but you feel lighter. My friend and mentor shared these thoughts with me after I told her about how I was feeling lately.
I’ve been feeling restless, anxious, complacent. I can spend a whole day feeling productive and busy and at the end of it, I still feel empty. I want to get off the hamster wheel of productivity and not-enoughness. I want to feel good about myself, my life, my work without having to create something masterful every single day.
I want to come from a place of excitement, abundance, and generosity. I want to cheer on my peers without comparing our lives. I want to BE HERE for my life and the people in it every day. I want to have fun without questioning whether I’ve earned it.
If I’m being honest, I’ve known I’ve needed a break since after the wedding. I tried to push myself harder, but my intuition kept nudging me to the answer I knew but didn’t want to know.
I’m taking a break because what I really want is a breakthrough and not a burnout.
I’m living a dream life that I’m not fully enjoying because I haven’t made the space to feel my feelings and feel in the moment.
I always pride myself on radical self-awareness, yet I feel so disconnected from my body and the present moment. Part of being aware is allowing yourself to feel what is happening instead of just thinking through it or seeking a solution instantly. I’m learning that it’s OK to be mad or sad or happy without having a story and a problem attached.
I know I’ve been fighting this break because I’m so damn afraid that I’ll be forgotten or scarier, I’ll have to be still with myself and I’m not sure what I might learn.
So what the heck does all of this mean?
In it 4 the Long Run & all social channels will be on break through September 2nd
& the Chasing Joy Podcast will be on break through September 18th
While it’s not the longest break, I am also hoping to create more boundaries in my regular routine. I want to create Saturday as my one phone-free day a week (unless traveling). I want to institute practices and tools to help remind me to slow down and be here even in my fullest seasons.
I recently learned my spirit animal is a butterfly which feels so right to me. I’m a seasonal and transformational creature. Sometimes I just gotta get into my cocoon and do some metamorphosis [also who else just thought of the Hilary Duff song just now? just me? k cool].
For those who have been following along for years and have watched all the transformations, evolutions and revolutions thank you for sticking by me.
For those who are new here: Hi, I’m Georgie. I’m insatiably curious, a lover of self-discovery and growth and I’ll be back soon.