This is 100% possible for you… I know this.
My name is Joanne. I’m a small business owner, mom to 20- and 15-year old sons, juggling all the things, and trying to squeeze every minute out of each day before I collapse into bed… which reminds me, when is the last time I washed the sheets!? Kidding, not kidding…
As a kid, I kept my creativity to myself. My family wasn’t artistic, so I often felt out of place. My sketchbooks full of doodles, and my diaries full of poems and song lyrics, were kept under my bed.
I outwardly expressed my creativity in other ways—decorating my room, playing with make up and hair (I totally wanted to be a hair stylist when I grew up!), and taking my camera out to capture tiny flowers and curious textures.
When the time came to choose my career path, my interests were on the professional side of creativity—interior design, film production, animation. I studied Creative Advertising at my local college and went on to build a business offering brand + publication design for over 25 years.
Add in marriage, kids, moving more than a few times, family illnesses, marriage breakdown, figuring out single life, a few career side-steps and part-time jobs to make ends meet, a global pandemic… and here we are.
For many of those years, I struggled to say no to obligations + expectations (professionals now call this setting boundaries), and I had no clue how to say “Yes!” to making time for myself to replenish my energy and honour my innate needs + desires (now known as self care).
Like most humans, I often felt tapped out, anxious, overwhelmed, afraid, and depressed.
I came super close to burnout a few times… until I found the solution.