What Came in the Mail and Inspired Me

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As we began settling back into our home area last month, we found all sorts of mail and packages that had arrived for us while we were gone. Coming home from being gone a year is fun that way. Like Christmas in February. The contents of four of those packages wound their way into my heart, and onto my bookshelf. They came from sweet, real-life blogging friends. They were their very own books, finally published, there in living color. I held them in my hands […]

My Journey to Burnout and Back: A One Year Update

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It was nearly one year ago that I first began to share about my experience with burnout. Last January, I shared very candidly about the circumstances and lifestyle choices I had made that had pushed me to a place of spiritual, mental and physical breakdown. It was undoubtedly one of the hardest times of my life, and yet I have learned so much and come so far since that time, that a friend encouraged me to share what my journey out of burnout has looked like. […]

Panel Discussion on Burnout and Fatigue: 3 Women Get Real About Their Struggles, Part 2

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In the first part of this panel discussion, we focused on what led to a situation of burnout and fatigue, how the panelists recognized it, their signs and symptoms and more. This time, I wanted to focus on the hopefulness that exists, even when we find that we’ve come to the end of our rope. Winter does not last forever. Spring is coming. I chose this tulip image because it well describes that simple but strong hope that I have in my own personal season […]

Panel Discussion on Burnout and Fatigue: 3 Women Get Real About Their Struggles

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The response to this month’s honest discussions of burnout, fatigue, depression and general health and wellness has been so tremendous. Thank you all for sharing in such real and vulnerable ways. I’m humbled that you would share so much of yourselves and these very personal experiences. I think that it’s so important that we as women truly share our stories with one another, rather than continuing to pretend that we’re all “just fine”. Fellowship, encouragement, growth and healing happen best when we drop our defences and our perfect […]

My Journey to Burnout: Proof That I Really Can’t Do It All

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Burnout. It’s a word that highly ambitious and driven people like myself often think that we are immune to. I have struggled with over-achieving and perfectionism for almost as long as I can remember. At the tender age of 12, I worked a steady babysitting job every morning and after school, while balancing schoolwork, private music lessons, city orchestra and serving in my church. Even in my 3rd and 4th years of university, I maintained a very full course load with a high GPA, volunteered […]