“Fatigue high. Morale low. Discouraged. Full of doubt.”
In mid-2020, I stared at these words — written on a yellow sticky note stuck above my desk at work — before dialing my sister.
I was in the thick of learning a difficult life lesson: knowing when to grit and when to quit.
When I ended the call, I knew that I had to quit my job.
I knew myself as a high-achieving, resilient woman dedicated to her career.
Yet, between the pandemic and multiple work crises, I hardly recognized my burnt out self. (The only thing I seemed to enjoy about my job at this point were the doughnuts I ate on the way to work — which usually made me late.)
I wasn't alone in experiencing this energetic shift. At the end of 2021, one in three women considered leaving the workforce due to burnout.
Within a year of that phone call, I handed in my resignation and went full-time in my professional training and coaching business.
Over the past 18 months since, I've (slowly) worked my way out of burnout and I've built a new career and business that I thrive in.
I wouldn't be where I am today without the resilience lessons life taught me along the way. I want to share them with you, too.