Life feels overwhelming sometimes, doesn’t it?

It’s as if everywhere you turn there’s something to do, someone to respond to, something to read/buy/clean/tweet/watch/learn/create/deal with, and your to-do list keeps getting longer and longer and your inbox keeps getting more and more crowded and every hour of your day is over-scheduled until all of the sudden you find yourself face-down in the middle of the kitchen floor, wailing about the fact that you’re out of bananas because you haven’t had time to go to the grocery store in like two weeks because oh my god you’re too busy for the grocery store and how is it possible that everyone else in the world manages to buy bananas in a timely manner and WHY IS LIFE JUST SO HARD AND UNFAIR FOREVER?

Yeahhh.

In other words? You’re burned out.

You know how it goes – you’re chugging along just fine, happily adding one little thing at a time into your life, but all too quickly those little things cling together to become big things and it’s almost like you wake up one day and realize you’re no longer sitting in the driver’s seat of your own life. Instead, you’re hanging onto the rear bumper by your fingertips, getting dragged down the street by some asshole with road rage, a lead foot, and a very poor sense of direction.

And the craziest part of being overwhelmed and burned out is that it’s not like anyone wants to feel that way, you know? It’s not like you’re looking up at the clock and thinking, “Hmm, 11am on a Wednesday? This seems like a marvelous time to over-commit myself to a bunch of shit I’m going to quickly wind up resenting. Yes! Let’s do that!”

That’s not how it happens. It happens slowly, one too many “yes” answers at a time, and it happens as a result of the fact that you keep doing things a certain way for the sole reason that that’s how you’ve been doing them – regardless of whether or not that way of doing things really works for you. You keep saying “yes” because don’t people like when you say yes? You want to be invincible, reliable, and effortlessly comfortable with high-level multi-tasking. I mean, who doesn’t, right?

So, listen, this is my first day back to normal life after taking four weeks off. Well, not totally off, but off enough. Because five weeks ago? Five weeks ago I found myself in face-down-banana-induced-hysterics, which is how you know it’s time to take a fucking break. If I’m being honest, I have to admit that I’ve been functioning at an extremely unsustainable level for months now, juggling too many projects, jobs, trips, races, emotionally draining life changes, time-sucking commitments, tough family things – you name it, I’ve been doing it this year.

And, in the midst of all of it, I turned my entire life upside down by splitting up with my boyfriend and deciding to go all-in with Life Less Bullshit as my full-time business – two decisions I feel incredibly good about, but huge decisions nonetheless.

Which brings us back to the banana incident.

After I got up from the floor, I realized that a life in which I can’t find time to go to the fucking grocery store isn’t the life I want. And I mean, if I’m not actively doing my best to live the life I want to live and being true to the things that are important to me, how can I expect to show up for my clients and all of the brave, fantastic people in my programs and help them do the same in their lives?

Which is how I decided to take four weeks off. Well, “off” in the sense that I haven’t been creating new products, programs, or resources. “Off” in the sense that I put all of my energy toward wrapping up existing commitments for a full week and a half, and since then I’ve been following a temporary “no new things” policy in an effort to clear absolutely everything off my long-standing to-do lists before moving on in this new direction.

Because you can’t go directly from one really intense thing to a new really intense thing without giving yourself time to transition. We like to think we can do that – that we can fly from one thing to another thing at warp speed all the time – but we can’t. We need transition time, buffer time, time to come down off one thing and rest a little before digging into whatever’s next.

It’s like with running – you can’t just add more miles and more miles every day, day after day, week after week, month after month. If you do, you’ll get injured. Instead, you build slowly, rest regularly as part of the training itself, and you work toward a peak performance at your goal race. And after that goal race? You rest again, you recharge, and you take the time to figure out what you want to do next.

Which is exactly what I’ve been doing for the past four weeks.

At the heart of it, I’ve been working to create space in my life – physical space now that I’ve had the apartment to myself for two months, emotional space now that I’m spending so much more time alone, scheduling-related space now that I’m blocking out big chunks of time in my planner to go to the beach, read magazines, and playfully brainstorm the future of my business and my life.

And, surprise surprise, creating space fucking works. Because, you guys? I’m finally well-rested and not-crazy. I asked myself a lot of questions in the past few weeks – things like, “How can I help people?” and “What do I feel like I absolutely must create?

(Sidebar: Have you asked yourself those questions lately? Because, do it.)

So, now, with those questions asked and answered, I’m back in creation mode, and I wanted to let you know what I’m working on. First, I’ll be going through the (insanely awesome) feedback from the 155 graduates of the 30-Day Sugar Detox program and adding all of the bonus content they requested to the course materials. I can’t wait to share their testimonials with you soon, and then on October 1 I’m going to be running the program again, complete with a shit-ton of new content and a special Healthy Holiday Survival Guide component to help you enjoy the hell out of the holiday season without making yourself sick on sugar. [Interested? Click here and I’ll send you everything you need to know before registration opens in September.]

Next up, I’m taking my Change Your Story project offline with in-person workshops to help you identify your specific self-limiting beliefs, re-write your story, and create a plan to change your habits and your life. I’m currently deciding which cities to hit with the first round of workshops, so if you’re interested in getting together in a small-group setting in your hometown, click here and tell me who you are and where you live.

Lastly, I’ve begun work on The Obsession Lab, a one-of-a-kind, month-long, 12-person mastermind group for taking that thing you’re obsessed with and fucking making it happen. I’m more excited about this than I can ever remember being about anything else (and, uh, that’s saying a lot), because I’ve seen first hand – both with myself and my clients – what can happen when you harness the power of obsession, get laser-focused on one goal, break through every barrier that’s holding you back, and go all-in.

[Warning: This group isn’t for people who just want to hem and haw about their dream life. It’s for people who know that nothing changes if nothing changes, and who are ready to do some damn work to make shit happen. So, if that sounds like you, and if you’re interested in learning more about the 12 spots as soon as they’re available, click here, drop your email in the box, and we’ll talk.]

And in the meantime? If you’re feeling overwhelmed like I was five weeks ago, this is me giving you permission – no, giving you an order – to take a fucking break. Not necessarily a “run away to the mountains” break (although that sounds lovely), but a micro-break. An afternoon off. A full week without non-essential plans. An evening to purge your closet and create space. A half hour in the morning to look through your to-do list and just decide not to do most of those things.

Or, at the very least, five glorious minutes in the middle of the day to just give zero fucks about anything and everything.

(Believe me, it’s worth it.)