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Beat Burnout Early and Often

What comes to mind when you think of burnout? We can often identify burnout when it has already happened: Real fatigue Complete lack of motivation Decrease in productivity Attitude change that is noticeable to colleagues or our family members Beating burnout, however, requires that we catch it well before it becomes a real threat to our well-being. A key to having some balance between work and personal is being proactive in catching burnout when begins to form—not when it’s about to sink us. What is burnout? When I talk about burnout, the thing I’m thinking about is energy. In my definition, burnout is about expending more energy than we are creating. That’s the first clue: burnout isn’t about some objective measure like number of hours worked or numbers of tasks you complete. It’s an energy debt. Identifying burnout before it     . . . read more

How to F#ck It-Proof Your Goal

A note from Hannah: As you already saw, there is some slightly disguised adult language in this post. (That makes it fun, right?)  I started running yesterday in preparation for a 15K in 6 weeks. Yes, that’s right, it’s 6 weeks away and I started yesterday.  I pictured started out with an easy couple of miles, light and fluid like a gazelle. I’m fit right? I’ve been lifting weights but my muscles were not happy with this now unfamiliar way of moving. I was tight, uncomfortable, and grumpy. I want to quit already. I need some inspiration. Change is uncomfortable.  Changes are hard and maintaining motivation over a long period of time is a classic human difficulty. I can’t seem to get through day #1 half the time. I believe that if you are going to invest in a key     . . . read more

Three Strategies for Busting Through Apathy

I am excited to share today’s guest post from Kim Lloyd of Kim Lloyd Fitness. If you are like me, March is feeling less than inspiring. Whether you need to take on your emotional health or fitness goals (and those are related!), check out Kim’s awesome advice: Motivation is tough. Especially on a Wednesday in March with another massive snowstorm bearing down on us. Work out? Yeah, more like wrap up in a blanket next to the wood stove and snuggle in with a good book. Even if you are not predisposed to depression, there will come a point in your fitness journey when you begin to doubt the process. You will put on a pair of shorts from last summer and they will still feel snug.   Maybe you lost 10 pounds in the first two months but the scale has     . . . read more

Attention Perfectionists: Please Stop

I hear it announced all the time. It’s slightly boasting, but safely under the guise of being an admission: I am a perfectionist. Listen up, self-professed perfectionist. I say this out of love and concern: You need to reconsider your stance. It will not go well for you. You need to wake up or you’ll be a bitter, miserable person in no time at all. This is a problem, not a merit-badge in the making. I loathe perfectionism because it’s an impossible task. A fool’s errand. But it looks really cute and appealing. You get a lot of praise for it. (That’s why it’s so insidious). But it will destroy your life. Why? Perfectionism is nothing more than a cloak of fear hellbent on sucking the joy out of your life. Yes, fear. It’s all about this one promise: If     . . . read more

Encouraging Words

I’m working on my new website, which I’m very excited about. It should be done soon so stay tuned! It was strongly suggested that I ask clients to contribute testimonials for the new site, as it’s a great way for potential clients to know what it’s like to work with me. In the past, I’ve been hesitant to ask clients to do testimonials for me. I guess I felt like it was too sales-y and that people wouldn’t want to do it. I was wrong. Many of my clients seemed really open to doing it. Plus, I learned a lot about what people are finding valuable about the work they are doing. Most of all, their words reinforce something very important: working on our emotions makes a huge difference in our lives. But I’ll let you see for yourself. Here     . . . read more