Endometriosis has been at my side for 20 years, chronic fatigue for a decade, and fibromyalgia has joined the party more recently. Rather than be held hostage by symptoms which can sometimes be crippling, I am aware that my business successes have my circumstances to thank, in part, for my ability to succeed.
After 47 interviews, I've seen a multitude of ways you can build a successful wellness business online - but just a few common underlying principles. Here I'll share some of the key themes I learned from interviewing successful wellness entrepreneurs.
If the need for closeness is making itself known in your life, be aware that burnout can also find a foothold. Yes, you can burn-out on the absence of the personal in your life. Burnout feeds on starvation, so any area of your life that is feeling deprived can be fertile ground for burnout.
There is absolutely no way of escaping stress altogether, it is going to happen and we are going to have to deal, unfortunate but true. Burnout, however, happens when there is no let-up on stress and/or pressure.
As women, many of us love to put ourselves down. If we've been successful at something, we shy away from taking credit for it, attributing the success to everyone but ourselves or putting the success down to luck or coincidence.
For Lynn Bardowski, candles literally lit the way from a "successful" corporate career that was draining and unsatisfying to a multimillion-dollar revenue-generating direct sales entrepreneurial enterprise that fulfilled a personal dream.
I'm really hopeful that as we, and others, continue to build these networks we can create coaches and mentors that will bring through the next generation of budding young scientists and engineers
To care for her mind, body, and spirit, she keeps a gratitude journal, meditates, exercises (including her first sprint triathlon in 2014), and "eats healthy." She does this, not from a selfish perspective, but from a responsibility perspective - she says this is what she is responsible for in her life.
When considering my 16 year old self, I see a naïve, but ambitious, girl who wants to make her parents proud. At 18, she knows she is good at Law - her exam results say so - and she can't think of anything she would rather do at university. So, that's the path she chooses.
Depressingly - yet perhaps inevitably - recent research by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) found that half of women believe that having a baby poses such a risk to their career that they would consider remaining childless.
It's such a waste of time and energy to focus on what is going wrong and what you don't have. Remember: if you pay attention to something, it grows. You need to send your attention to where you want it to go and starve your negative thoughts until they die.
Women are not just unkind to themselves in this quest for perfection; they can also be extremely unkind to other women. This unkindness comes in many guises; in passive aggression; in bitching; in judgement; and in straight-up nastiness.
It was one small comment from the presenter that day that confirmed what we'd been striving for all these years has been achieved. It's easy to get the January blues but, since then, whenever I've been a little stressed I remember what I'm thankful for and get on with it.
In our efforts to work efficiently, produce more for less, meet the ever increasing demands of our world, serve our clients and our colleagues well and just fit it all in (I am exhausted writing it!) we were in danger of forgetting some fundamentals.
There's something special about New Year and the prospect of a blank page to start afresh and to achieve new things. Whether you're vowing to get fit or finally launch that business idea, January is the perfect time to go about achieving it.
The responsibility is by no means solely on women to reach pay equality. The Sony Pictures leak reminded us that genuine, long-standing change will not be achieved until governments, companies and their employees share the responsibility equally...