Burnout: My experience and why I’m choosing to share it with you

You may have noticed Cute Cuddles has been fairly quiet of late. Not through lack of passion, I assure you. But because of some much-needed self-love.

2019 was not a great year for me. For so many reasons… But its a common theme I heard a lot of people say. This left me reflecting on where I am at but also wondering… do we expect too much of ourselves?

Hit the skids – so to speak

You know what it is like, two children at school, both with afterschool and weekend hobbies. Running a business and hubby also running a business. A busy household to keep up with, seriously people, laundry and housework take time! Plus one of my children has a fair few health quirks.

Somewhere in 2019, I felt so tired all the time. This should have been a big warning sign to me that I was burning the candle at both ends and couldn’t keep up with myself. So around, August, I decide to stop markets.


It’s funny, I gave up markets around August. But it’s taken me until now to finally realise I had burnt out. We spent the summer at home “vaccationing”. I decided to say “No” more often when asked things. And I tell you what, it’s freaking liberating. My shoulders don’t feel weighed down all the time and I don’t dread tomorrow. I also laugh and smile a lot more.

I’ve swapped markets with doing karate with my boy – and I freaking love it! I’ve met some amazing people and made life long friends. But also, my mini human boy is more settled. We talk more, connect more and consequently, laugh a lot more.


This left me wondering why we are so hard on ourselves? So we expect to have social media perfect lifestyles? But at what cost?

Keeping this short and sweet…

As my first blog in a while, I’m not going to write much more (got some serious stock I need to make – lol)

I listen to an interview the other day where one of my favourite bands where getting dressed for the Grammy Awards and the lead singer said “Never try to look like a mannequin. The mannequin is a f**king lie”. But this doesn’t mean just clothes – I feel we should use this everywhere in our lives.

Parting message

Be authentically you – you are awesome!

3 thoughts on “Burnout: My experience and why I’m choosing to share it with you

  1. Tricia says:

    Me too Trace – last year was a tough year. Way too much juggling and it was taking a toll on my health, my family life and my state of mind. It’s a work in progress for me. I’ve pulled back a bit from the markets and I’ve even said no to some of the big ones. I just found that I just got too stressed in the lead up and got tired of trying to be something I’m not. I’m not a machine, I’m a one person business that is trying to enjoy my craft. It has never been my intention to compete with big business and that’s how it felt sometimes. The enjoyment was starting to wain. Work should be part of life – not all of it. I was missing valuable time with friends and family and something had to give. Well done you – I think stepping back is the hard bit. I hope you are enjoying the stress free life and I look forward to seeing you create at your leisure and enjoy the family life with your kids. Definitely reassures me that I’m on the right track too. x

  2. Cynthia Stephens says:

    I loved teading this. I am a Nan but I still relate to it so well. I run my small business from home….and time is precious. My year has not started well, so hoping it will improve.❤❤

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