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Why I Stopped Hustling, and Why I Wish I’d Done It Sooner

Rest is the new hustle

“Do you feel like the time you spent hustling was necessary to get where you are, or do you wish you hadn’t hustled so much?” – Dawn on Twitter

I’ve received this question from SO many people. Many of you have told me that you feel that you can’t afford to stop hustling, since you’re in the beginning stages of starting up a business or dream.

Here’s the thing, though: While I do recognize that the many years spent hustling now allow me the ability to slow down and have a year of rest, I really wish I had learned to stop hustling much, much sooner in my blogging career.

I have always and will always be honest with my community here, but this topic is something I haven’t been ready to fully share about until now. Here’s the truth — the real, hard-to-admit truth in complete authenticity and transparency.

Last year was a very, very difficult year for me in so many ways. I remember about halfway through the year, my friend Casey Graham was in town and invited me to have coffee with him. He told me he wanted to pick my brain, but at the very beginning of us sitting down for coffee, he asked me a question that hit me like a ton of bricks…

“Crystal, what are you excited about right now?”

I sat there in silence for a really long time, and I finally replied, “Honestly, nothing. Right now in this season of my life, I am just putting one foot in front of the other. I don’t feel like I’m supposed to quit what I’m doing, but it’s very hard to keep going.”

I couldn’t get that question out of my mind for the next couple of months, but with everything being so busy and chaotic, I just kept pushing on — almost with a martyr-like mentality, as if this was my station in life that I had been called to regardless of the lack of joy I felt.

Then I had my surgery, and the recovery was much more challenging that I ever expected it to be. As I was sitting there in my post-surgery funk, I had zero motivation. I was so frustrated and kept beating myself up over how exhausted I was.

This all came to a head when I was at a speaking event for a MOPS conference in Indiana a few weeks later. I realized just how worn out I was when I was barely able to function or remain standing after my second talk at that event.

When I went to South Africa, I was able to get away from the hustle and was completely offline a lot of the time I was there. In those quiet moments far away from the life that had been wearing me down, God worked on my heart.

I got to a place where I decided I was ready to be done, to give it all up, and to walk away from everything. I felt like maybe it was what I was supposed to do, and I was very ready to do it.

We returned from the trip, and the next couple of weeks were crazy. I had a book to launch, which was very hard to push through. There were also some huge things that happened behind the scenes in the business — things that I can’t talk about for personal reason. For weeks and weeks, I could barely think about anything else. I couldn’t focus on the business, even on the day of my book launch.

God took all of this and used it to break me and get me to a place where I was ready to stop chasing and hustling — to that place where I was able to say, “God, it’s Yours.” Instead of putting my worth in my online presence, productivity, and business accomplishments, I had to learn how to rest in my identity in Christ.

I made a decision to step back and stop hustling, even if it meant completely walking away from all of it. Instead, we were able to make some major changes in the business that allowed me to take a year of rest, step back, stop hustling, and continue with my business without wearing myself out.

Are you hustling to the point of exhaustion? If so, here are some of my thoughts on choosing to stop hustling…

1. Hustling is exhausting.

It can ruin your health, and it can ruin your relationships. In the process of hustling, I lost all of my joy, excitement, and creativity. I let other people make me feel obligated to take my business to the next level, and I felt like a failure if I didn’t meet those expectations. I let all of those other voices dictate my business decisions — that ultimately affected all aspects of my personal life, as well.

I now realize that it’s okay to keep things smaller. I want to be okay with not growing — with impacting fewer people at a deeper level, and with having smaller numbers and not exhausting myself.

Instead of asking what will take our business to the next level and make more money, I am now learning to ask myself what is best for me and my family during this season.

2. Hustling does not equal productivity.

I realize now that I was doing SO much hustling that was just busy work — things that were using up my time and energy without producing any results or joy. I think busy work will look different for every person in every season. I encourage each of you to reflect on and decide for yourself which of your priorities are just busy work, and which are productive for you professionally and personally.

Busy work was keeping me from blogging, from my family, and from being able to take care of myself. I had to start saying NO on a regular basis, and it was a really hard thing to learn how to do.

Here are just a few of the many things I’ve been saying no to:

  • I’ve said no to almost every single interview and business opportunity I’ve been offered over the past few months. With every single request or opportunity that comes up, I ask myself if it will give me joy and impact the bottom line. I say no to 98% of the offers I receive. The few things I choose are well worth my time and energy, and I am super excited about something when I choose to say YES to it.
  • I said no to being CFO. I was feeling so weighed down by trying to manage all of the strategy and finances of the business. I was looking at the numbers every single month and having to be the one to carry all the weight of those numbers. I kept feeling like I needed to do it, because I was the only one who could do it the right way. I have now realized and accepted that this is simply not the case, and I have been able to delegate this responsibility. I feel so much freedom from this burden being lifted off of my shoulders.
  • I’ve said no helping promote other peoples’ products. This has probably been the hardest one for me. I have had to say no to a lot of dear, dear friends over the past few months, and it hasn’t been easy. I remember what it was like starting out in the beginning. I want to help my friends as they’re getting started and be a part of their exciting projects. As much as I want to help and be a blessing, I have realized that this is an area I have to learn to say no in more often. I have often overworked, overburdened, and exhausted myself in the process of trying to help every single person who is starting out and needs my help.
  • I’ve said no to much of the management of my team. I was managing too many people, and sending way too many e-mails. I had to step back and let some of the other people on my team help manage other projects, people, and situations. This has given me so much more freedom, time, and space to focus on other areas of my life and business.

With all of these changes and more, this year has already been so incredible. I feel my joy returning. I am enthusiastic and energetic about blogging, my body feels well-rested, my soul feels nourished, and I am enjoying being able to dwell in the quiet moments with myself and my family. Slowing down has been the best thing I’ve ever done.

I want all of you to learn from my mistakes, and I challenge you to try to stop the hustle from the very beginning.

I encourage you to focus on the few things that will make the biggest impact and bring you the most joy. I think it is so much better to have a smaller platform, earn less money, and have more joy than it is to have a great big platform, have a huge following, but have no joy in the process. We don’t have to buy into the lies that hustling will get us where we need to go.

photo credit: Jane_Johnson

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58 Comments

  1. Kariane says:

    Yes!! I think it’s so important to know your priorities. We can’t do everything (even though as women, we’re often told we should).

    I applaud you for having the courage to share this. Thank you.

  2. Leah says:

    You know what my favorite part of this post is? It’s not selling anything! Thank you!

    • You are so welcome!

    • kay says:

      Yes! It was so refreshing to get to the end and not have “and so you should buy my mug/poster/artwork/bundle.” You know, the “hustle” of a post.

    • Patty says:

      Agreed.

    • Rebekah says:

      Very nice to have a post without a product being pushed, indeed.

    • Melissa says:

      Crystal gives, gives, and gives, so I guess I don’t mind those occasional posts where she actually asks. This blog is a business that supports her family full-time, after all! (I checked out of curiosity, and it took me to page four, 21 posts in, to find one where she mentioned something for sale. 🙂 )

      • Anne says:

        I agree with Melissa 100%. This blog is a business; Crystal’s readers have asked for these products and we’re under no obligation to purchase them. It makes me sad when people take the time to leave her negative comments.

      • Beth Anne says:

        Love you Melissa! And couldn’t agree more! I’m actually cheering bloggers on when they mention something for sale in a thoughtful way (always the way Crystal does it!) because what it means to me is that I have the chance to support them, and also that because their blog is a legit business, I’m not worried about them giving up on their hobby 6 months from now and leaving me aching to hear more from them. Crystal gives constantly and will continue to do so, and the awesome thing is she’s able to because she’s a brilliant business woman too 🙂

        • K Ann Guinn says:

          Just adding my two cents worth to this discussion; I also appreciate both the posts with no “offers” and those with “offers”, as I agree that Crystal does this thoughtfully and to support her family/business. I am a new blogger who has been greatly encouraged and received countless posts and courses full of both encouraging and practical advice for free from Money Saving Mom. Thank-you, Crystal!

          And I also wish to comment you, Crystal, on not only recognizing and listening to the voice of the Spirit in regards to your priorities, but also in your willingness to be vulnerable to share. God bless you. 🙂

  3. As I am reflecting on your post, I am thinking about the difference between hustling and hard work. The word hustling seems to imply busyness, an almost frantic pace, and reliance on self. While hard work, at least to me, seems more intentional and purposeful.

    I am at a stage in my life, financial situation, business, etc. where hard work is an absolute must. However, I don’t think that it means I need to hustle.

    Does that make sense?

    • YES! I love this differentiation! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Wow! This is a really important distinction to make.

      I’m still really trying hard to get my blog off of the ground, and have been having a lot of conversations with my Hubby about the things that I’m doing to try to accomplish that. I definitely find myself following frenzied rabbit trails, when the reality is that many of those things really don’t produce anything beneficial to myself or my blog.

      I’m going to start thinking of my work in terms of “hustling” vs “hard work”. Thanks so much for this insight!

      And Crystal, thank you so much for your openness on this post. I’m always blown away by your willingness to be so open and honest with your readers.

  4. Sarah M says:

    Crystal,

    I just want to tell you how much I admire you on so many levels. Your blog/newsletter is one of the very few I consistently have let into my inbox for years now. I started following you because I wanted to save money on groceries (haha), though now my eating habits have changed drastically (mainly organic/non-GMO), but the things you write about continue to make me a devoted reader. I’ve watched you grow and evolve through your invaluable posts, and my goodness woman you have changed for the better – I think you are your BEST self right here and now! And through all of this, now more than I ever I admire your courage, honesty and transparency. I truly LOVE everything you have to say because it’s you. Plain and simple. Push on and recall that out of however many followers, I am here with you. You are not alone through these trials and tribulations.

    I am trying to start a business while working full-time, alongside a host of other endeavors – lose weight/eat better, spend more time with my family, doing the Dave Ramsey financial makeover and work on my passion for singing and songwriting – while doing all of the other daily routine stuff. It’s a lot, even for someone who isn’t doing as much as the next guy or gal. But I keep remembering that there are people like you out there who do it, even through the tough days. And I am not ashamed to say that I take time out to rest when my body, mind and spirit says it’s time to. It’s hard to achieve your awesome goals when you’re worn the heck out.

    One last word on this topic. One of my mantras throughout my time on earth has been: Work smarter, not harder. There are a gazillion ways to achieve a goal easier, better, faster without killing yourself and sacrificing the things in life that are meaningful to you. Outsource, implement a system, collaborate/barter, close gaps in process, do it differently, make technology do the work for you.. the possibilities go on ad infinitum.

    Thank you, as always, for sharing.

  5. Erika says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this. Having spent a decade as a teacher, the last year as a mom, and having the most trying year both personally and professionally, I felt so burned out, exhausted, and joyless about pretty much everything: my family, my job, and my professional interests. I do not handle stress well, but I felt the need to keep plugging away, even when my health and my family suffered…for a job that ultimately wasn’t the right fit, although it seemed like everything I had wanted for the last decade. I finally had the decision made for me to just walk away. While it has been difficult to walk away, especially as someone who puts a tremendous amount of importance on her professional identity, I have to believe that this is what is best for myself and my family, even if it doesn’t feel that way right now. Blessings to you and your family, Crystal.

  6. Brianna says:

    Crystal,
    I have learned a lot from your site over the past few years I have checked out a bit over the past year or so.. I am SOOO GLAD I caught this post because it is so AUTHENTIC, DEEP, HONEST and TRUE!! Thank you for being brave enough to show us what you do is not easy. I know you have NEVER claimed perfection, but as an outsider looking in, things seem pretty near perfect for you. I will read, share and re-read this post often because it is just that good! 🙂 Congrats on your past, current and future success and thank you for helping me as a mommy!

  7. Sam says:

    I love this post! I decided this year I was really going to hustle for my business but I ended up completely burnt out by march! I was stressed out feeling like i absolutely had to spend all my time on growing my business and was not spending enough time on my kids or myself. I had to take a step back and examine why i wanted to grow my biz so badly and realised that actually, I am ok with slow, organic growth that comes naturally without the crazy hours! At least until my little ones are both at school and I have more time to spare, this was is better for me and y family. Best wishes to you in your year of rest!

  8. Kacy says:

    Preach girl! We are in a society that values the hustle. There is no freedom there though. Funny enough, exactly one month ago I shared the following on social media:

    “Stop The Hustle”
    Like for real. When we stop and ask ourselves, “Why in the heck am I constantly hustling?” I bet the answer is the same for all of us when we really get to the bottom of it. FEAR.

    ◾I’m going to miss out on ______ if I don’t …
    ◾Everybody else seems to______, I should too
    ◾If I don’t have my kids involved in everything under the sun, they may not find their calling or get a scholarship to college or be well rounded or….
    ◾I need to prove my worth by the things I do.
    ◾5 million other reasons

    FEAR. That fear propels us to hustle. When we stop. Breathe. Be. Release our fears. We can govern ourselves out of a place of wholeness and not fear. Wholeness is a powerful force. More powerful than the hustle. -Kacy

    It’s so easy to trade in joy for the hustle. I’m so grateful that the Lord has brought you to this place. I need this as a constant reminder myself, especially lately with a new blog. I need this posted on my wall! Shouting at me!

    Thanks for sharing all that you did. It’s so valuable.

    • I LOVE this! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Wendy Briscoe says:

      YES! And, stop comparing ourselves to others. Business owners, other Moms, or even other parents who are in the same stage of life we are ( I do this often with our own little family.).

      My Mom has this saying “Will it matter in eternity?” To quote a line from a movie the Gladiator. “We are but shadows and dust.” I am a Christ follower so for me, I have to ask myself, “Will this just bring me nothing but misery, and disappointment. AND, does this take away from the time I spend with my own child and husband. If it does, if it pulls me away from the two people I love most in the world, than it’s a “NO” period. That even means saying “NO” to the “good things” like a bible study or other outings. If my family can’t come, we don’t do it. Period.

      This is not our home, so why are we pouring our treasures here on earth when we are all meant for eternity either in Heaven or Hell. Invest and pour yourself into things that will make an eternal impact. Just my two cents and something to think on. Thank you. Wendy

  9. Jody says:

    I love this post Crystal and that you have successfully made the changes you needed to make to be at your best! So another John Wooden quote that this post made me think of “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” And “Don’t mistake activity with achievement.” You having the courage to really honestly evaluate what is important to you and then making the necessary changes to reflect that and relinquish some things you’ve held on to is very encouraging. You’ve been at this blogging for a long time so to hear your perspective on this is definitely impactful.

  10. Bekah Pogue says:

    Crystal, I absolutely.adore.you! Your authentic story offers permission to all of us who are searching for the balance of pursuing dreams and simply being. Thank you. I too am learning this hard lesson and having to continually go to Jesus to find my full identity in Him, which is easier said than done. Celebrating your season of rest and cheering you on in all things life-giving and joy-filled. Keep being YOU. It’s beautiful and refreshing. xo, Bekah

  11. Amanda says:

    One thing you mentions recently (can’t remember if it was an email or a blog post) was that you ask yourself every night “what does my soul need?” That’s resonated with me so deeply. I am quite behind on blogging through Makeover Your Evenings (oops) because this week my soul has needed to be fully present with my little family in the evenings. It’s been a struggle but so refreshing.

  12. Kathy says:

    I read this post and thought of my job. I’m trying to manage way too much myself. It’s hard to let go of the details to others, but I’m leaning that way more and more. Every time I read something its an affirmation, including your post.

  13. Dawn says:

    Thank you so much for answering this question! I heard you originally answer it on Periscope, but I really needed to read this again today and let it resonate.

  14. Christie says:

    It is your heart that keeps me coming back and loving your blog. Your love of people shines through your work and draws others to you. Thank you for your obedience to God. We all benefit.

  15. I cannot thank you enough for your transparency. We live in a culture where it is expected that we push to exhaustion. Thank you for the reminder that God has not intended this pace for our life and often when we’re ‘hustling’ we aren’t living out His plan. Hard work, dedication and drive aren’t necessarily bad. However, I find when I’m grinding to the point of a frenetic pace, I’ve lost sight of all the areas on which God intended for me to focus. Well done.

  16. Thanks so much for sharing this aspect of your journey. I’ve often felt like my blog would be growing faster (and hence being more profitable) if I were doing MORE and working HARDER, but I also know that I don’t have the extra bandwidth at this point. I appreciate your transparency so much and am so glad your year of rest has been so good for you!!

  17. Kris Mares says:

    Timely for me as I reinvigorate this writing journey I am on! While journaling tonight, I clearly heard God say “you will not be a big name. You will be big to those who know your name.”

  18. I am SO incredibly proud of you!!!

  19. Erika says:

    Thank you for your transparency! You put into words what I’ve been thinking the last few months of my own life. As a new homeschooling mom, I thought I would have time to volunteer for anything and everything (aka please everyone!) and help us out financially in my “spare time”. One day, my husband sat down beside me and gently closed my laptop cover. His words changed everything when he said he wanted to have quality time with me, not have more money for material things. I was getting burned out and putting my husband absolutely last in all my endeavors. We have both stopped working ourselves to death and I’m the most content I’ve been in a long time. All my commitments have come to an end now and I find myself in the rest stage you are in. Blessings to you….I’m so glad your year is so refreshing 🙂

  20. Hi Crystal! Love this post. I posted tonight on IG about rest as well…that cutting corners doesn’t get us ahead. Have you read Piper’s quote: “Sleep is a daily reminder from God that we are not God.” Love that reminder. (P.S. This phrase + artwork is by my friend Jane Johnson (IG: @jane_johnson). I’m sure she’d be so blessed for you to link to her or give her credit for her work (there’s actually a version of it now that is watermarked.) ❤️

    • I’m SO glad you let me know where it came from — I saw it on Instagram awhile back but could not ever find the original source! I just found it and am adding the link in my post — thanks so much!

      • Ruth says:

        Thanks, Crystal! That’s happened to me several times before and know it’s hard to find the sources sometimes! Thanks for supporting artists!

  21. Alicia says:

    This is so true! I’m just in the very beginning stages of blogging (my blog is just a few months old) but I’ve already discovered this for myself and have had to take a step back as ive already felt burned out and extremely overwhelmed . Thank you for reminding me that’s it’s okay to slow the hustle!

  22. Martina says:

    Thank you very much for this post! I so needed to hear this. The last year has been the busiest one of my life. I work for small family business that had to re-invent itself which took pretty much all my time (working 7 days a week, working through the night). Additionally, I am involved in church activities, I am in charge of the educational program at my Toastmasters club, I help taking care of my husband’s grandmother, other family obligations, my household … I became so exhausted, depressed and I even started to think of leaving everything behind. This wasn’t me, the so caring and responsible woman. My heart filled with anger and resentment, just because I have been so tired for the last 10 months.
    I realized that I was partly to blame though, because I just couldn’t say no. Last night, I finally said no when I was asked to take on another role at my Toastmasters club. I felt bad saying no, but at the same time I felt empowered. This morning, I received your email with this wonderful post that explained clearly to which things and how you say no. Your post makes me feel less guilty for refusing to take on additional tasks. I actually feel encouraged to further step away from the hustle.
    Thank you very much! You have been a blessing for me!
    Have a great weekend!
    Martina

  23. Jenny says:

    We are slogging through life with one foot in front of the other, with only moments of joy. We don’t want to break the momentum and “ruin our lives with short-sighted decisions” by stopping now. We don’t feel like we have arrived at the destination we initially set financially to change our lives. I’ve no idea how to back off any part without the whole thing falling apart. I’d be interested in more posts about how you worked through this process- even without a lot of details it’s helpful to know how you worked the process of deciding what was right for you.

    And especially when you decided to leave Kansas and move to a completely different place, giving up everything you’d worked so hard for in the process- the house, the steady careers and business contacts, the friends and relatives you lived near. How did you know to walk away from that and how did you start over? Why not stay in KS and continue the plan, the process of buying more rentals?

    I would be very interested in more posts like that with particulars about how those changes started as an idea and became a reality.

  24. Marsha Wells says:

    Crystal, you rock! Success in our society usually refers to making a lot of money and having a high financial worth, but that is so fleeting! Your move toward balance is what success is really about!! Thank you for putting everything in perspective.

  25. Thank you for this! I am new to blogging…a little less than a year in now. I put a lot of pressure on myself and always feel as if I am not doing enough…with two little kids and many family illness’ and other things occurring this year I am just about spent! This helped me realize that I need to do what I can do and be ok with it, but I also need to give myself rest because that will have a positive impact on everything! I have enjoyed your blog and encouragement for several years now…thank you so much for all you do! Hope you have a restful weekend! Happy Mother’s Day!

  26. I’m so glad that you decided to answer this question, as I’ve been conflicted lately about how to grow my business while at the same time being present with my family and taking care of my home. I’m just super tired all the time, but still worried that I am not doing enough to grow.

    Thanks for encouraging us money making moms! 🙂

  27. Kim says:

    Wow. Crystal, this is probably one of the most powerful posts I have read. Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing your struggle. I am not an MSM (Money Saving Mom), but a DINK (or more of an OINK as I start my own business), but still enjoy reading your blog because of its insightfulness. I love how you show that it’s not all roses when you get to a certain point. And while I certainly don’t want you to be in turmoil, and am glad a new season has dawned, I am grateful that you shared for others like myself to learn and possibly avoid the same pitfalls. When I look back on my life years from now, I hope to be able to say that I have been as helpful. Happy Mother’s Day!

  28. I love you sweet friend! I know you’ve made some hard decisions, and I for one am so happy you have. It’s such an honor to know you. You know I’m here to support you in any way I can!

  29. CP says:

    Thank you so much for your honesty. I struggle daily feeling like I am constantly behind. I need to really be consistent with saying “no” to anything that isn’t in line with what’s important to me. It’s so hard because I’m a people pleaser. Thank you for sharing your struggles. It has helped me to re-examine my priorities.

  30. Amy F;) says:

    Good!

  31. Leana says:

    Crystal, I’ve found your site about 7 months ago. I don’t follow any other “mommy” blogs. I’m not crafty, I’m a horrible cook, and I’ve never dreamed about being a mommy. Don’t get me wrong, I love my children dearly, but I’m much more into math, frequent flyer award charts etc. Not “mommyish” topics. 🙂

    Anyway, I just wanted to say that I really appreciate your honesty. I’m tired of this myth that moms can have it all. It’s totally ridiculous!
    I can’t even imagine the stress of being responsible for supporting a household as well as employees. You are one hardworking lady, and I truly admire that.
    Those who complain about a few affiliate links here and there really have no clue what they are talking about. In an ideal world, mom bloggers would be happily writing posts all day long for the enjoyment of their readers without making a dime. But this is a real world where people have to eat.

    Honestly, I never get this impression that you are super pushy with various products. You write about things you like or personally created (like your book). What’s wrong with getting compensated for it? Even charity workers get paid for their time. Plus, this is a mutually beneficial arrangement. If someone doesn’t find it beneficial, just don’t click the affiliate link. Problem solved.
    But I digress.. Anyway, I’m glad you are focusing more on your family and yourself. I’m trying to do the same thing. Money can be replaced, but you won’t be able to get back time with your family. Time is the most precious commodity of all.

  32. Alicia says:

    Thanks for reminding us about this post! It is food for the soul or my soul at least and sounds like many others. I too am just getting started and it is amazing the courses or programs that suddenly I desperately need to be a “success”. Spot on with the hustle!! Thanks for the big reveal!

  33. Julie says:

    I had stopped visiting your site because I felt you had lost your focus on what was important. I had been with you for as far back as 2008 and it felt like turning my back on a friend but I didn’t get any joy from reading the blog anymore. I revisited a couple of months ago and was pleasantly surprised to find the old Crystal. I am so glad you were able to recognize you were going in a direction that was not making you happy and turn to the things that are truly important in life. Best of luck to you and your family.

  34. Genesis Long says:

    Had to chime in here for the first time 😉 I actually appreciate all the recommendations and sales links that are included in your posts. I have come to trust that you do not randomly add links to products that you are not passionate or confident about. You share things that you believe in. I feel like you share your heart openly, and in all honesty you love to help women be their best selves 🙂 The word “genuine” just seems to fit. Thank you for sharing the things you learn, and the products you enjoy. It’s been so helpful to me in this season of my life. Thanks for encouraging me to be the best me that God made me to be.

  35. Jr Davis says:

    Great insight. The number question a person need to ask is why I am doing what I am doing. Also ask what are your goals and it is important to ask the Lord for wisdom. So many are doing things from what others are doing and it is important to be yourself and be the person the Lord created you to be. Also it is important to find a team of people who will speak in your life and build you up. I like the fact Crystal that you are real and share real life items. Keep up the great work.

  36. melanie says:

    gosh I feel the same way Crystal. I am learning to “go small” with my business…to do less but more meaningful work.
    Thank you for sharing:)
    Melanie
    visioncity.biz

  37. Missy says:

    Wonderful! You know you just helped so many people by sharing this! Love your heart for God & family & love your courage!

  38. Kim says:

    Thanks, Crystal!

    Just what I needed to hear at the time I needed to hear it. For my family’s sake and for my health’s sake, I need to downsize my own expectations of what my business should be and say “no” to those who want to pressure me into their idea of acceptable deadlines.

    It’s God who controls my destiny!

  39. BadMsM says:

    Thanks for your post. I had a similar situation happen to me last fall, and have been wondering if God is telling me to slow down and let some stuff go, and maybe concentrate more on things at home. Nice to know I am not alone in this.

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