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Why Shredding on a Thursday Will Make You a Better Business Owner

Editor's Note: TGR Stash member Lisa Slagle has shared a couple very interesting perspectives from her life as an outdoor addict and small business owner–awesome stories that speak to the balance between a professional career and a life outside that we all crave. Here's another one; thanks for sharing, Lisa! And be sure to check out her business, Wheelie Creative...

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When I lived in Crested Butte, I used to wake up in my base layers, groggily let my dog out while I searched for my outerwear, pound some coffee, and then grab my snowboard and head out the door. I could shred right from my yard down to the ski lift. I rarely looked in a mirror, hardly ever ate breakfast or lunch, and happily hiked and snowboarded hard until the lifts closed. I figured there was no time for food breaks when there were new lines to conquer or fresh snow to tear up. I’d stay up until 2 a.m. almost every night, working from my laptop in bed, growing my freelance business project by project.

And the next morning, I’d get up and do it all again.

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Looking back at it, I’m not even sure how my body managed to function on so much exercise with so little food. I think I’d pass out if I tried that for even a week now.

Now, somehow, I work as much as I used to shred.

I’m still pretty bad about eating three meals a day. It’s hard for me to physically get food purchased, prepared, and in front of my face that many times in a day. I feel smarter when I do, though—my brain feels happier. I have more energy. And I’m a better designer and boss.

I'm realizing that owning a business, like all things in life, is about seeking balance.

At Wheelie Creative, we have a ton of projects going at once. It’s a lot to keep track of, brain injury or not. We work with multiple clients, projects, files, and deadlines every single day. If I don’t get enough exercise, I have a hard time focusing on all these details. I try to take my body to the point of physical exhaustion every single day so my body and mind feel calm enough to handle everything.

As my business grows (which is what I want), it gets harder and harder to find time to take care of myself and find that balance between work, play, and basic human needs.

If you own a business, you can probably relate.

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It seems selfish to do nice things for yourself when there are always a ton of unchecked boxes on your to-do list or questions you have to answer from your employees.

  • It seems more important to work through lunch than to take time to step away from a computer and eat.
  • It’s difficult to go on a date and ignore the emails vibrating incessantly on the phone in your jacket pocket.
  • You lay awake at night thinking about business things when all you want to do is sleep.

You just have to realize that taking care of yourself is extremely important to your business.

Being healthy is underrated.

The success and health of your business directly correlates with the health and happiness you (and your employees as a whole) are experiencing. So take time for yourself.

  • Remember to eat.
  • Look in a mirror occasionally.
  • Be there for the people you love.
  • Go to the doctor every year.
  • Use the word “No” instead of spreading yourself too thin.
  • Do what makes you happiest, in the middle of the day on a Thursday, just because you can.
  • Go on vacation and allow yourself the headspace to recharge.
  • Just be a human.

Your business will thank you.

What you can do for yourself TODAY to make your business even stronger??

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