Taking my own advice: Summer 2023

Taking my own advice: Summer 2023

On July 4th, 2023, while most of my friends were celebrating a long weekend, I was in a hospital where one of my very dear childhood friends received a terminal cancer diagnosis. I am a problem solver; I solve problems. However, this was a problem I couldn't solve. I spent a couple of weeks pretending like maybe it wasn't a problem and that everything was going to be okay. There were also a lot of other things going on in my life at that time as well. And I reached a point where I couldn't breathe and couldn't stop crying. I couldn't even manage to cook dinner for my family. I didn't want to do the things I love, like playing baseball or golf. So, I took my own Pearl Performance advice: 

  1. Rest is productive. For the first 2 weeks, I didn’t do anything, except cry, a lot. My husband and kids took care of all the household chores and I was able to truly rest.
  2. Outsource what you can. Through the magic of social media and pre-recorded content, I kept my social media accounts active, thanks to an amazing social media manager. I also hired a cleaner to clean our home and ask friends to help with my daughter.
  3. Give yourself grace. My grace affirmations: “I am strong. I am beautiful. I can do all of this. It is safe for me to be brave, to take risks, and to have fun.” I wrote these every day. They got me through. I am brave. It might have been risky to take time off, but it was what I needed. And Finally, this past weekend I had fun playing baseball! Now I know I am feeling better.
  4. Be gritty. My grit statement: “Faith over fear. I live my life freely and on my own terms. I spend the most time doing what I want to and love to do. I try new things. I am growing.” Even if what I wanted to do was lay in bed and cry, I did that. But I also signed up for a grief recovery program to learn something new, more about what I was going through. I was gritty with my time, stealing as much time for rest as I could.


I'm back now, and I want to be genuine and authentic. I want to share with all of you that I'm currently facing a very hard season with two very close people in my life who are seriously ill. I believe in what I teach my clients and while I would rather not be in this season, I am thankful for the opportunity to practice what I preach.  Ultimately, I know that the Universe will only give me what I can handle, and I'm grateful to have tools and supporters to help me through.

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