When You’ve Pushed Yourself Too Hard

When You've Pushed Too Hard

It feels funny to be writing this particular post after my 400th post on Sunday, but I’ve reached a point where I have to just sit down and get real.

In the past, I’ve been asked by friends how I “do it all.” How I can pursue my career, keep up my blog, spend time with my family and friends, be there for my Original Kids, travel, and do all the hobbies that I enjoy.

Confession time: I don’t do it all. And I can’t.

How do I spend so much time at the theatre and do so many shows?
By being away from my husband and family for days and sometimes weeks on end. I have had family and friends volunteer or visit me at my theatre specifically to spend time with me. That’s how busy I frequently pack my schedule.

How do I keep up my blog?
Often by staying up until 2 am to get posts done.

Being there for the Original Kids?
I love my actor peeps. But they frequently tell me, “You’re still here? Seriously Kerry, go home.”

I’m not sharing this to gain sympathy. Believe me, I know how hard I push myself. I frequently push myself so hard that I don’t sleep and end up in a panic the next day because I’m so exhausted that I can’t think. I want to do it all, and I can’t. There are only so many hours in the day. And it gets to the point where something’s got to give.

Which brings me to the point I’m at now. Things are insane in my life right now. The Wedding Singer opens next week (get your tickets!), A Charlie Brown Christmas runs the week after, I’m trying to get my OKTC spring show edited, I have sorority meetings that I’ve been neglecting, my apartment is a wreck, and I haven’t started Christmas shopping.

After The Blogcademy, I was so fired up and excited about my blog that I was posting five times a week. Once November rolled around, I upped my posting schedule to seven days a week. Which I’m slowly realizing is slightly insane, especially due to all my other commitments.

So I’m not going to be finishing November Blogging Bonanza this year. I need to ease back on my blogging schedule for the next few weeks. I’d rather post less frequently and deliver awesome-quality, useful posts, than to just throw something up on the blog for the sake of posting. I’m certainly not giving up blogging (no way could I do that!), but I do need to ease back at this time.

I’m so grateful to my friends, family, and wonderful readers for supporting me and this blog — you are all amazing.

Further Reading: Gala Darling – In Praise Of Calling It Quits: What To Do When You’re Burned Out, & How To Get Your Spark Back

Photo Credit: Malcolm Miller

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