Staying Sane?

Staying Sane  |  The Fresh Exchange

There are days oh there are days. I know blogs make things look pretty and perfect and I know they make it seem like it all just comes together in the most awesome way but I got to say that it is not always the truth. I am sure from time it seems like all is perfect and snazzy, but I don’t want to lead you all astray. The past month of our lives has been extremely creatively invigorating, but it also has been exhausting, challenging, and up in the air. If you could see our home right now and the piles of laundry, dishes on the counter, fur balls in the corners, and the list goes on. There are emails I need to have organized and content for the blog that needs to get done. I am days behind on a few deadlines and I wish I could pour more of myself in to certain things more than I am able right now. We love the work we are doing, but at the same time some days I wonder how do you stay sane in all this? Life sometimes so much like a whirlwind more than anything else.

No one ever tells you when you start as an entrepreneur the things you will give up and compromise on in the process of getting where you want to be. They tell you about the freedom, travel, setting your sleeping hours, and the cool option of choosing your projects, but it can be hard and you will compromise somewhere in life as it is not all possible. It all takes time, discipline, hard work, and more of yourself than you expect. Anyone who tells you otherwise has never really gone all in.

I love every minute of it and there is part of me that wonders what it would look or feel like to have it all together in that perfect way, but then I know that it wouldn’t be this life. It wouldn’t be the one that has come from hard work, discipline, and doing what I love. I know that a 9 to 5 would never be me and I would rather have a crazy messy house than do anything else than I am doing right now. The sacrifices are worth it and know that whatever hard thing you are faced with right now as a creative entrepreneur, will pass. There is always a challenge and the one you face now will make you better at facing the next one. There will always be a pile of emails and laundry to do, but to pursue your passions and dreams is a once in a lifetime thing that will make you much more fulfilled at the end of the day.  There is always more to do, always more to see, always better. Do what you can and do the best you can at it. No one is perfect no matter how much they make you think they are on social media. We all have those days so keep your head up and know we are all kind of insane, you have to be to chase your dreams, right?! It’s the crazy ones that change this world.

Happy Thursday my friends. Make more magic.

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  1. Seriously, this is exactly what I needed today. I feel like I don’t have time to even read blogs anymore, which is unfortunate because it’s where I draw so much inspiration – but I’m glad I clicked on yours today.

    Keep it up. You’re doing great things…which is so hard to see when you’re right in the middle of it all I’m sure. Thanks, Megan.

  2. Thank you for the encouragement. I am a new blogger, and have been tempted and discouraged at times with keeping it up. It’s tempting to only feel validated by numbers and stats, and when those are low, I have to remember to keep going.

  3. Hearing this from someone such as yourself, who is pretty influential, is amazing. It’s a good reminder that we all have rough roads at times, but that’s what makes it worth it in the end. Thank you for writing this post!

  4. It means a lot to hear these sentiments from someone who’s in many senses years ahead of me on the entrepreneurial front — it’s reassuring to know uncertainty, exhaustion, and frustration plague us all as we pursue inspiration, keep on doing what you’re doing Megan!

  5. My compromise? I’ve held off on starting a family – my business became my baby. I don’t want to be childless and resentful of my business one day. But I don’t know how to slow down and I’m a little freaked out that if I do I’ll forget how to play the game of changing the world. That’s where I’m at.

    So much love for you, Megan. Stay sane, friend.

    1. I know sometimes I feel like I am compromising that a little as well. It is so hard to think of making that shift and to give up something that has felt so important. You know though you would make a killer mom and you are never going to lose your edge. You are way too fierce and too focused. You will find the right balance I know it!!! Don’t waste those eggs 😉 just go with the flow!!! ha. xoxo you are the best. Miss you!

  6. Thanks for your honesty, Megan. Read this great quote the other day: “The danger of the internet is that it’s very very easy to tell partial truths—to show the fabulous meal but not the mess to clean up afterward. To display the smiling couple-shot, but not the fight you had three days ago. To offer up the sparkly milestones but not the spiraling meltdowns”

  7. I have the same thought sometimes – it would be so much easier if I had a normal, boring desk job. Working for myself is stressful at times and my house is definitely a giant mess this week, but I know I would feel so empty/lost/incomplete if I ever went back to the cube.

  8. omg. i guess we all can totally relate this the pressure of getting all done! i have so many on my to-do list and it’s growing all the time. the minute i get something done, there’s more added on my list. i think we all need a hug!

  9. Thanks for sharing this Megan. The illusion of perfection is one of the things I don’t like about blogging and social media because I worry that it can feed people’s insecurities. But one of the reasons I enjoy your and Mike’s blog is that you keep it real. Of course you share all your perfectly designed moments but you also share your not so perfect ones and I for one really appreciate that. 🙂

  10. Thank you for your prospective and the encouragement. We all have those days. Ya, know, the ones that makes us wonder why we choose to chase a dream. But then a moment comes along and reminds us of why.

  11. You hit the nail on the head with this one. Some days it feels like it’s hard to strike a balance between work and life. Other days it all seems to flow together nicely. I think the best part about venturing out into the entrepreneurial world for me was having a great partner. Working side-by-side with my husband is both a blessing and a curse, but I wouldn’t ask for anyone else to be there to hear me swear when things get tough, to be a shoulder to cry on when I make a mistake or laugh and celebrate together at every little victory. We are definitely a couple of crazies (in a good way) and look at everyday as an opportunity to learn something new. Thanks for sharing, it’s always refreshing to know that others go through the same things we do.