Permission NOT to #hustle

I'm taking a break from all the copywriting wisdom I've been sending the last couple of weeks to say...

One of the biggest personal mindf*cks about being in business is giving myself permission NOT to #hustle #riseandgrind #stayhungry #workhard

I think crazy work ethic is genetically encoded in my bones.  Reinforced by everything in North American culture from school to media to the entrepreneurial obsession with the word "hustle".

I've been guilty of wearing "busy" as a badge of honour.  I've made "productivity" my slave driver.  I've allowed my accomplishments determine my self-worth.

I'll be honest, I had BIG PLANS for all the things I was going to accomplish in 2018.  But January has gotten off to a decidedly sluggish start.  Which had me slipping back into the old groove of #hustlehard

Because I recently got divorced.  Sold my house.  Moved.  And took time to nurture me & my children through all of it.  Zero regrets.  Every decision, as agonizing as it was at the time, was right for us.  These changes have taken up major bandwidth, how could they not?  But I still had that hustle mentality tap me on the shoulder & say I *should have been able to* get sh*t done.  Big plans no matter what, right?

I'm infinitely grateful for the other female entrepreneurs in my life who were there to remind me to cut myself some slack.  To remind me that there's no disgrace in setting a slower pace.

Besides, forcing it never works anyway.

I haven't quite mastered the balance between full throttle & lassez-faire strolling.  Between ruthless discipline & routines that nourish creativity without stalling or tangent wandering.

I know one thing's for sure.  Those #hustle #riseandgrind rhythms?  They repel me.

I want mine to say #riseandcreate #makequality #savour #workeasy #bizflow

I'm still finding my rhythm. I know when I do it will change because life is fluid.  But just in case you also need permission to release the #hustlehard mindset & create something that feels good...

this is my permission slip.  I can be yours too.

And those big plans?  They'll still happen.

If you were going to replace the #hustle mindest what would your hashtag say?


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