One of the things I’ve learned in hindsight is:
Never, never, never, never graduate from Chinese Medicine school
and immediately jump into opening a business.
You can embroider that on a pillow if you like. It’s not copyrighted. But it’s broadly true. I graduated after pushing myself to extreme limits for 4 and 1/2 years. I instantly registered a business name, built a website, ordered business cards, began looking for office space, set up Quickbooks, and did a billion other things you need to do to open a small business. It was exhausting. Maybe even more so than going to school.
What I’m saying is I was extremely depleted and started a business, which depleted me even further. That, my friends, is a recipe for burnout. And my burnout was spectacular. Took 4 years for my adrenaline to finally give up and let it happen, but happen it did and it wasn’t pretty. I began to question my choice to be an acupuncturist, doubted whether I was really a healer, got very bitter about my “calling” which did not result in anything that would support my financially, and generally cursed at the world for a while.
It took a while, but I finally understood that I. Need. A. Break! So my partner and I spent a lot of time this year paring our belongings way down. We are selling our house and we are going to spend some time in Mexico. I plan to rest, sightsee, and polish my Spanish. I’ve also got big plans to roll out some cool stuff on CatsTCMNotes, but don’t hold my feet to the fire just yet. The resting comes first.
Regardless, if you want to buy a really cool house in Austin, Texas, I’ve got one for sale! The front master suite makes a great acupuncture office. I’m just sayin’. Click on the picture for the full listing.