For a long time (since cake took over my life) I convinced myself that I was too busy to look after my health and wellbeing.
From the moment I woke up every morning to the minute my head hit the pillow late at night, it was all about my business. I hardly saw my friends and family and when I did I was only half present. I told myself that I was doing all this because I loved cake and that the love and passion for it will keep me going. After all, that was why I got into business. But after years of running around in that circle, I was exhausted.
I was stuck and I was getting sick all the time. Someone walks past me and sneezes and BAM I’m sick. I knew it was because I was not looking after myself which caused my immune system to get weaker, I was tired all the time and so I could not work as efficiently as I would have liked and made mistakes. I then had to spend time fixing all my mistakes which caused more work and gave me less time for my friends and family. I was spiraling in a downwards cycle fast.
Then sometime at the beginning of last year, the pressure of this downward cycle and getting sick all the time finally made me realise my attitude was part of the problem.
So I decided to get outside of my comfort zone and joined a gym. Joining the gym truly motivated me to MAKE and COMMIT the time to look after my health and well-being. Just having others around you who are motivated and working towards similar goals made a world of difference. It made me feel like I had somewhere to go and helped me to stay focused on my goals of being healthier for the sake of my own life and my business.
This isn't me, but it could be! I try to do this at least twice a week.
As a result of investing a couple of hours a week at the gym, I now have found myself less tired, more resilient, more efficient and most importantly having a clearer pathway towards my goal. I’ll be honest I resisted joining the gym for a long time (it seemed like it was just a place where crazy healthy people hung out) but I reasoned that it was at least worth a try. Everything else I had been doing was not working.
This applies to anything in life and in business. Sometimes you have to realise that the pressure you are feeling is actually a great opportunity to make a change and that everything is at least worth a try. Maybe it’s time to get out there and be brave and talk to strangers at an event (who knows - you might make a new friend!), or try that cake project you thought you could never create (it might turn out to be SO awesome!!), or reach out and collaborate with another business or try a new hobby.
So if you’re feeling as I did - stuck and perhaps a little burnt out about selling your cakes or managing your side business, you should check out my new online community, Sweet Side Gig. It’s designed so that you can get some of that time back, organise yourself a little better and make this side business of yours a joy to have rather than a stressful part of your life.