What Do Your Jeans Say About Your Business?

Since March of this year, I've gained 10 pounds. I get up, squeeze on my jeans, get lost down a rabbit hole of internet diets and Whole30 meal plans. An hour later, I'm overwhelmed and still not dressed for work, I stuff my "extra" bottom, belly, and thighs into those tiny jeans. Then, I spend the day trying not to sit down or breathe all the way out for fear that my button might pop off.

This has been my morning routine at least 4 days a week.

But then, in those moments when I'm not shoved into those jeans, the truth is, I feel good. I feel GREAT! My 10 extra lbs are a result of some serious self-love. You see, about 7 years ago I was diagnosed with adult ADHD, and I started taking medication. No doubt these drugs helped me focus, juggle the responsibilities of being a single mom, business owner, employee, home owner, and all the many other things that come with life and work. I'm pretty sure I couldn't have gotten through some of those years without them.

But earlier this year, I got a little TOO focused and caught up in my work and was truly struggling to step away. I worked all day, everyday from January 1st through March 17th - doing, doing more, spinning, doing again. And I realized that the same ADHD medication that had helped me for so many years might be perpetuating this cycle. So I decided to embark on a little experiment:

What would happen if I quit taking them? Would my business fall apart? Would my kids go without food? Would I be able to juggle all the demands of work and life without them?

While the transition has been bumpy at times, and I have renegotiated a few deadlines along the way, some pretty cool things have happened too. For the first time in a long time, I can hear my inner knowing again. This helps me to step out of doing and into being to assess from moment to moment: is this the best use of my time and talents? I'm much more present than I used to be and am able to prioritize the things that add meaning to my life. 

I've also found time to take better care of myself. I'm usually at a Barre3 class 4 or 5 times a week. I sleep like a baby every night. I rarely drink anymore and most days I eat 3 meals. All this to say, the size of my body right now feels like its truest expression of me. A me that's rested and focused on my purpose. A me that works out and eats well. I feel strong and sexy. And, to be honest, cutting carbs, dairy, and chocolate out of my life doesn't interest me at all.

So, last weekend, when I found myself lying on the couch in my stretchy pants deep in the Whole30 rabbit hole again - I took a deep breath. I put down my iPad, picked up my purse, and set out to buy a new pair of jeans. And since I did, I haven't had a single negative word to say to myself about these extra 10 pounds.

And so, I'm sure you're wondering now, "Jeannie, what the heck does any of this have to do with me and my business?"

It all leads to this: What if the jeans you're trying to cram your luminary business into are just too freaking small? What if you are waking up everyday and trying to shove all of your brilliance and purpose into a business that doesn't have enough room, enough people, or enough earning potential?

I'm sure you're familiar with this quote, but it's worth repeating:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
— Marianne Williamson

So my challenge to you, today, is to spend some time with this question:

Are you trying to shove all your shine into a business that's two sizes too small?

If you're ready to size up on your business into one that reflects your true purpose and potential, here are three ways I can help you get there:

  1. Join our free, online community, Luminary Hustle, where women encourage and support each other daily to align who they are with how they make money. Click here to join.
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