Hi, I am Nataly and I am the co-founder of Work It, Mom!
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Today’s guest post is written by Ally Loprete, an active Work It, Mom! member and founder of Ourmilkmoney.com, a directory of self-employed parents who offer products and services in your community. When I read about Ally’s experience I knew I wanted to provide a way for her to share it with you. I think every busy working mom I know can learn something from what Ally learned, whether you run your own business or not, work full-time or part time, in an office or at home. I invite you to share your reactions in the comments.
Yes, I was there. I was horribly embarrassed at first, but Iâ€™ve now come to appreciate the experience as one of my most favorite journeys.
What brought me to the nuthouse was a breakdown resulting from extreme exhaustion. Iâ€™d simply forgotten to take care of myself. I had not slept since 2007. I had lost a pregnancy, I wasnâ€™t eating, my son and my husband were being neglected, and there was no end in sight.
I certainly did not mean to end up in the hospital. Iâ€™d succeeded in launching Ourmilkmoney.com, become a leader to more than 2500 businesses nationwide, and the promise of our impending growth was exceptional. As a new mother, I was raising a very demanding 2 year old, running a household and teaching musical theater 2 nights a week. Iâ€™d put these things in motion and sent them spinning so fast that I was unable to keep up with the pace. I hadnâ€™t learned to set limits or manage my time, so it makes perfect sense that every corner of my life was deteriorating.
In the hospital I did not have access to the Internet or digital communication which turned out to be the best medicine. This forced my life to slow downâ€¦ something I had not been able to do by myself. I had no choice but to rest, heal, and create some new boundaries for myself so that this would never happen again.
Perhaps the biggest lesson I learned was the actual physical and mental damage I was doing to myself, my family, and my company â€“- three things I loved very much. I learned the importance of scheduling in the basics of living a healthy lifestyle: eating, sleeping and playing. The results were astounding. I gained control and became more productive. It seems so simple and yet when we run out of time these are the things we tend to skimp on the most.
Yes, I am grateful for my visit to the nuthouse. It woke me up. It taught me that without health and happiness, we simply cannot give to the things in our lives that we are ultimately living for.
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