Why entrepreneurial wellness should be your top priority as an entrepreneur

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Entrepreneurial wellness is a thing. As the saying goes, you cannot pour from an empty cup, and if there is any type of profession that can attest to the cup getting a little empty from time to time – that is an entrepreneur.

As an entrepreneur – we are used to wearing most, if not all the hats. We have multiple job descriptions and depending on the day, our skillsets and stressors can be arranged in a multitude of ways. This is why it is important to find balance outside of your day-to-day flow. Finding balance in the form of self-care can be the difference in a productive or stressful entrepreneurial journey.

In entrepreneurship, it is important to take time to reflect and recharge along the journey, and Soul Sunday is designed to do just that.  Hosted at The Brand Box Club, Soul Sunday is an opportunity for you to reflect, release, recharge and regroup as you prepare for the month ahead with other entrepreneurs in an intimate setting.

Here's What To Expect at Soul Sunday:

  • Group Therapy where you can be honest about the hills and valleys of entrepreneurship

  • Meditation to release the past and welcome in the future

  • Personal 30-Day Affirmation Exercise to keep you motivated 

  • A Journaling Prompt to stir your inner ambition

  • 30-Day Goal Setting Prompt to make your ambitions tangible

  • Refreshments; Teas Water and Fruit to keep you refreshed and hydrated

All attendees will also receive their own journal to use during and after the event. 

Tickets are limited and only $15 – register today!

For more information, sponsorship opportunities or questions, please email us at hello@thebrandboxclub.com



Introducing: The Soapbox Podcast

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The Soapbox Podcast is a space CEO Adrienne Hill created to share her story of life as an entrepreneur. Adrienne has owned over 10 companies and began her entrepreneurial journey in high school.

         Having been thrusted into full-time entrepreneurship after being fired from her last job over 5 years ago- Adrienne set out to be her own boss the day she was fired and hasn't worked for anyone since (read all about that transistion-turned-testimony here).

She saw immediate success by launching a branding firm that grew to support clients in over 40 countries over the span of 5 years. In 2017- she had an ah-ha moment and dissolved her branding firm, trailblazing 4 new innovative companies in its place.

         While entrepreneurial success is something Adrienne is very familiar with, life, however, did come with it's share of trials, tribulations and pain. Navigating through the ebbs and flows of life while growing and maintaining her businesses has made her stronger and full of wisdom! Through it all she never stopped chasing purpose.

         Tune in as she shares insights from her journey and sheds light on the nuggets she has learned along the way. 

         The first episode is called "The Lens of Purpose" and it is packed with wisdom and life strategy. Tune in and subscribe to stay updated about new episodes!

 

Listen to The Soapbox Podcast on iTunes or Google Play


How Self-Care Transformed my Mornings as an Entrepreneur

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Self-care by definition is one of those things that people love to talk about but have a hard time defining or actually putting into practice. We've seen countless memes and quote posts that declare "Self Care is Important!" "You Can't Pour from an empty cup!" and so on, but rarely do we hear of tangible acts of self-care that are consistently put into practice as a part of someone's lifestyle. I dare think it's because we don't think self-care should be a part of our everyday lifestyle. 

We treat self-care like a treat or something we have to earn instead of a natural part of our everyday life.


We treat self-care like a treat or something we have to earn instead of a natural part of our everyday life. I know I was one of those people. I'd ration out self-care like it was a prize for going through the ebbs and flows of life instead of making it part of my ebb and flow. I'd often say things like:

"Ooo I had a rough week, I'm gonna plan a self- care day" or "Ooo I've accomplished this big thing, I should have a self-care day!"

The conscious effort to "reward" myself with self-care often came as a result of digging myself into a work hole and needing a savior; something, anything – to release the tension of my responsibility. Self-care was a quick fix, a bandage over the bondage of my workload. 

I'd functioned like this for 5 strong years while working from home until I got my office space. The added responsibility of taking care of a physical location, adding 4 new businesses to my daily operation and actually having to put on pants everyday was a shit ton. There is no other way to describe the enormity of the shift of responsibility. All of a sudden, the quick-fix, bandaid version of self-care I'd been trying wasn't working. I was always burnt out and feeling overworked. I knew something had to change. 

When you work a job your responsibilities are outlined for you, but as an entrepreneur you have to take the time to outline your structure yourself.

The first thing that I had to do was put myself on a solid schedule. Oftentimes the freedom and lack of time constraint is seen as an upside to entrepreneurship, but I've found that to be the exact opposite- at least for me. I need structure. Boundaries. Systems. I need less things to have to think about and more things to have to just do and accomplish. When you work a job your responsibilities are outlined for you, but as an entrepreneur you have to take the time to outline your structure yourself. I can go on for days about creating structure in entrepreneurship but the point of it all is I actually gave myself work hours!

Once my work hours were established, I was able to separate my work and home environments completely for the first time in half a decade. This was a new, HUGE thing. Work being done only at work? Gasp! Then what do I do at home? Not work, that's for sure. 

I've never been a morning person as most creatives aren't, so out of my own flexible boss-babe merit I set my business hours from 1-8PM Tuesday-Fridays. I use Mondays as a full personal day to plan for the week and take care of any personal responsibilities like phone calls, grocery shopping, meal prepping and errands. Having a day during my work week where I am able to get completely clear on my objectives for the week has literally made me a more productive person, a better boss to my staff and has improved the overall efficiency of my business operation. 

Now to my coveted mornings- remember how I just said I've never been a morning person? Part of the reasoning behind that is because I'd work late into the evening and I would literally sleep through the morning and start my day a little before noon. Now that I have separated work and home, I am able to go to sleep a lot earlier which makes me wake up earlier. Each morning I wake up around 8:30AM and I listen to a 20 minute devotional on my phone. This sets my spiritual tone for the day and feeds my spirit before I even get out of bed.

Once that's over. I alternate going to the gym or taking a long bubble bath. Yes, I take a long bath every other morning like clockwork. I typically read a chapter from whatever book I am reading at the time while bathing to further feed my spirit. If I go to the gym, I take a shower before work and be sure to take my bubble bath in the evening but either way, I allow myself time to soak, relax and recharge every single day. I also make myself breakfast or enjoy my mealprepped breakfast and eat it on my balcony while enjoying the morning sun.

Waking up to to my own self-love routine has reduced my anxiety to non-existent. I'm no longer running behind the gun, rushing or in a haste- my mood is better and I walk into my office everyday feeling pretty, relaxed and stress free. It took a long time to figure out how to get to this point but self care, especially in the mornings, is the best thing that has happened to my work week!

I'd love to hear from you! How do you practice self-care? How often do you usually fit it in? Drop a comment below and let me know what's up!!