Hey beautiful friends! In today's post we're going to get real. I'm also going to give you a pretty fabulous recipe. (Food is my favorite!)
If we know each other well enough by now, then you probably know I'm always real. But, there are secrets hidden in even the realest lives. Secrets we don't know we hold. And mine?
It is... it was burnout.
I didn't even know this word existed! I've powered through living with a chronic disease, two complicated pregnancies, a sick baby, a special needs baby. I've run a million-dollar business. I have relearned how to walk... twice. And I've fallen straight apart into the depths of a sorrow I (also) didn't know existed.
You see, for so long I hid behind a smile and just crushed life! I mean, what other option do we have? Rest just didn't make sense. And leaning on others? No. Way. Then the "b" word came up in conversation one day with a close friend, as we spoke about my passionless existence. It's not depression, I told her. It might be complacency, I sighed. And then she used the "b" word.
As a special needs mother living with a chronic and sometimes incapacitating invisible disease (chronic fatigue syndrome), burnout bit me in the bottom when I least expected it. After building up that big kind-of-fabulously-successful business, I found myself sick with Dengue Fever. And I found myself advocating for our daughter without rest. (Bliss rocks life like a boss! And also has some pretty hard struggles with anxiety and sensory processing disorder.) It was there - at the corner of sick and exhausted - that I let my business go for a season.
As I read this article from Carey Neiuwhof (a leader I'd like to be more like, if I'm honest), something clicked. I have slowly but surely been coaching again - but slowly is a critical word. Like Carey, it's been a long recovery from burnout. If I'm honest, I'm only 80% there. But what I'm doing with that 80% now... It's incredible. I am reaching for my dreams again! And I'm supporting other amazing women along the way.
I hope you'll go read Carey's article. It's pretty outstanding with lots of tips that I can't give you yet (still human and growing!) You don't need to be perfect to keep moving forward. You just need to be real.
If the "b" word has been holding you back too, let's talk. Shoot me a message or comment below.
Also, try my favorite Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding and let me know what you think! Food can bring such comfort when life is wild, challenging, or just plain hard.
You're not alone, and we're better together.
Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding
Food is so healing. There's something about sitting down with something that I know is going to fuel my precious bod WELL that just brings me so much peace. When I experienced burnout from my business, I really put some of my favorite parts of me on the back burner. And cooking was one of those parts. It feels so wonderful to be back in the kitchen experimenting with the nutritious and delicious gifts our creater has given us! This breakfast bowl takes 5 minutes to prep - and you'll have enough for an entire week! (P.S. I don't share specific macro facts because of my yogi mama roots; chia is a low carb food + coconut milk should be additive free and unsweetened, also making it low carb. I prefer canned because of it's quality.)
Mix ingredients together in a glass bowl and cover. Add low carb toppings (optional) like almonds, macadamia nuts, raw or roasted pepitas, maca root, blueberries or strawberries, moringa leaves, and cinnamon. For those who need their breakfast pudding sweetened, you can try either 1/4 tsp honey or a few drops of stevia as the best options.
Serve. Share. Enjoy!
Hey friend, you can click here if you'd like me in your inbox each week. I hope we'll do life together. P.S. I love sharing helpful resources! I may also make a small cut that keeps me fully caffeinated and my brain research-packed (because we can't serve from an empty well, and I really love collecting all the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom I can for both of us.) Always, I'll do my best to keep you on the right path, but I'm no doctor even though I play one at home - often - and mostly for myself. Life with CFS sure keeps things interesting! Life with you + CFS keeps things full of JOY, too.
My name is Jennifer though you might know me as The Barefoot Preacher on social media. I'm a sharer of inexhaustible joy fueled by Jesus and coffee. I love reality and books. And I'm a CFS thriver and special needs mama bear. Speaking life into really real life is kind of my favorite. (Okay, it's seriously my favorite!) I'm so honored to be on this path with you!