I was missing out on too many other things in life and I had allowed my business to run me.
After I declared my distaste for popcorn ceilings and cleaned the pizza off of my face, I realized I was exhausted from running what felt like a marathon every day. Either the business had to change or I had to get out of it.
I made some lists.
I made a list of everything I wanted to change about the business, the things I didn’t enjoy doing, and what I really wanted in my life. I created a new vision for myself and my business.
After making those lists, I slept through the night for the first time in years.
I want to help you do the same.
If only it were as simple as making lists, then the story would end here. Radically changing how I viewed my business, operated my business, and changed my behavior came with a lot of pitfalls and a couple more bouts with burnout. Those bouts, though, they became less dramatic and a little easier to recover from because I had plans and envisioned different outcomes.
My outcome: I no longer own or manage that luxury dog resort. I own and operate different businesses now. I am doing something I love, something that energizes and fulfills me, and allows me to encourage other small business owners to be happier.
So, grab your dog and let’s cool you off. Let’s talk about the things we’re not supposed to admit about owning and running a business. I want to empower and motivate you to transform your burnout into success and a happier life.
Jennifer has been a small business owner since 2003. She is the daughter and sister of serial entrepreneurs and small business owners. An Iowa native, now living in Texas, Jennifer has learned to integrate “y’all” and “fixin’ to” into her vernacular so she sounds like a Southerner. (Unfortunately, her vast wardrobe of Iowa Hawkeye t-shirts gives her true heritage away.) Jennifer is a known Dog-aholic who allows her four rescue dogs to run her life.