Today marks the end of a significant chapter in my life, at least in some ways. If you follow along with my greeting card company @littlewellpaperco you may already know this, but today we officially announced that my friend Francesca Fuges of @loudhousecreative is the new owner of Little Well. I’ll be sticking around to help her co-write and calligraph the heartfelt ideas she wants to bring to life as Little Well continues on.
Change is always bittersweet. I came to the decision to sell Little Well with a sense of certainty about needing change but, as is often the case with feelings like that, a big fear about actually making it. I started Little Well because I couldn’t find cards that would help me tell the people in my life what they meant to me in a heartfelt way. I think we all want deeper connection in our lives, but we don’t always know how to show up. I wanted to help people show up for their people in this one small way.
In the midst of building that company, I was also going through 2 of the hardest years of my life. I’ve been fairly open here about my struggle with depression and self-acceptance, but there are a lot of other parts of that story that are still way too intimate to me to broadcast over the Internet. It was really, devastatingly hard. I was fortunate enough to have access to help, and that help made me realize I had to get out of my current situation and, as #mytherapistsays , “step back into existence.”
Part of reclaiming my life has meant letting go of the things I can no longer carry, and yes, one of those things is Little Well. I will always cherish what I got to build, and I couldn’t have dreamt up a better human to pick up the mantle than Francesca. She is warm, creative, and compassionate; she is all the things I ever wanted Little Well to encompass.
I haven’t been able to stop bopping @lizzobeeating ’s new album since Friday, and this lyric in “Like a Girl” is one of my favorites. If you are currently debating your own change or saving your own life, do what you need to do. We all deserve to run our whole damn world the way we want to. And change is often really, really good. New things are coming for me and I can't wait! ...
T H E ☽ A R T ☽ O F ☽ B E I N G
I’m seeing a lot of my patients battling serious burnout. They’re going to HIIT classes, organizing social events, parenting, working full time, and collapsing on my table telling me how exhausted they feel. Nearly everyone has been napping during their sessions. I’m seeing weight gain that is due to high cortisol levels and over-doing. More workouts doesn’t fix this it only makes it worse. Relying on coffee is like flooring a car that’s out of oil. I’m seeing disrupted sleep patterns, out-of-control sugar and carb cravings, and irritability. All classic signs that relaxing is the medicine needed.
Rest is productive. Really, truly. It requires some practice to relax when your nervous system is wired for stress. Slowing down actually feels threatening. Releasing control triggers fear. I get it! I have to consciously practice chilling out (and not multi-tasking). I have to use a lot of mental discipline not to let stories about laziness or scarcity guilt me into pushing through fatigue. I actually have a to-do item on my list every single day that says “When tired, rest. Don’t push through.” It’s my daily reminder to tune in and respect my body. Some days it works, some days I still overdo it. Schedule in your down-time if it helps: acupuncture, massage, no-plans zones during your week, baths, hammock-time, whatever. You have permission. You’re not falling behind. Life isn’t passing you by. This thing we’re doing isn’t a marathon nor a sprint; this moment is it. There’s no where to go ✨ ...
I needed this 💛
Also, I added an article to my story about getting out of a depressive episode of anyone is interested. ...