Angela Jia Kim

Savor Beauty + Spa / Savor the Success - CEO + Founder
New York, NY

    The dumbest thing I did when I was burnt out

    August 30, 2012

    Lately I am hearing from everyone that they feel burnt out. It's August, they are tired and frickin' want a vacation. As entrepreneurs, we are always on the go, go, go and it's hard to unplug when we actually do get away. How many of you take your iPhones and computers "just in case" you are needed? 

    Guilty as charged. 

    I have learned that when I am burnt out, I don't perform as well, inspire my team as much, and I do really, really dumb things. 

    Like this: 

    One night, I was feeling particularly burnt out and I wanted to unplug by 5 PM, chill, have a great meal with my family and hit the sack. But then my iPhone went "Ding!" and it was an email from my store manager: Angela, you really have to fill out the Daily Candy interview questions because they are on a timeline and want to get the feature out.

    I must have filled out the questions that night (it must have been me, but I seriously do NOT recall doing this) right before going to bed. 

    Yesterday, we got an email saying that the feature would be going live, and I quickly glanced at the profile.

    Cool beans! Cute photos, great Daily Candy-style writing, and... waituminute. Hold on. Not so fast, sistah. We got a problem here. 

    Check out one of my answers to the question below. 

    Just in case you can't read that, it's a super aggressive statement about Angelina Jolie throwing darts at our boutique. I stared at the comment for at least five minutes because I really had no recall writing that. Please know that she is someone I actually admire because of her charitable efforts. I have NO IDEA why I would ever say something like that, let alone write it to major press.

    See what feeling burnt out can make you do? It might have been midnight and I must have been cranky, tired, and annoyed (or maybe I thought it was funny at the time). Then I obviously hit "send" before proofing it with fresh happy coffee eyes. 

    #1... it's off-brand for me personally and for my companies. 

    #2... it's a strange comment. 

    #3... it's Daily Candy, for God's sake. 

    I turned to my assistant and manager, and they were both laughing at me. 

    What were you thinking, Angela? That really doesn't sound like you. You really need a break or something. Make sure that you always pass the answers through us next time!  

    (Thank goodness my amazing manager wrote to them and asked them to take it down, which they did.)

    So, girls! We have to protect ourselves from burnout to prevent doing things we regret later on. 

    I created a Self-Nurture list to make sure that I am balancing my work with my self-nurture time. 

    What's on your list to take care of yourself and prevent burn out? 

    Angela Jia Kim is a woman entrepreneur advocate, organic lifestyle guru, doting mom, New York City (not house)wife, and author-in-the-making.

    She uses her organic skincare business, Om Aroma, to empower and inspire other business owners by openly sharing mistakes (the kind most sweep under the rug) and lessons learned (the kind most keep as secrets to get ahead).

    She believes that building business is directly tied to self growth, that it takes a village to raise a business, and that your business is meant to serve the life you want to live. 

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