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When You Nearly Crash and Burn | Business Advice from a Novice

I’ve only been in the business world for six months, so I’m no expert. What I have learnt in that short amount of time though, is how important it is to take a break!

The Honest Platter hit the road running on its first official week of business and hasn’t actually stopped since. I had scheduled two weekends off throughout the year, but apart from that. It’s been non-stop.

That was until last week. I was dizzy, nauseous, crying and I was pretty sure my left boob had grown three times it’s normal size. Which tipped me over the edge. I was up at 5am on a Sunday to complete an order after finishing at 8pm the night before.

What you see on social media is the pretty polished side of things. The beautiful staged set-ups I’ve thrown together to make it look like I know what I’m doing.

Where in fact, people who know me are asking if I’m ok, if im sick, if I’m sleeping and why I don’t see them anymore. Truthfully I couldn’t answer any of them. I felt like I needed to be fine to be successful.

The Honest Platter isn’t all I do.  I’m a social media contractor too. If we’re being real here, this is what pays for my food and my life essentials. Being a girl boss isn’t always champagne and Camembert, a lot of the time it’s noodles and tap water.

I knew I needed to take a step back. I’d started to find myself becoming unhappy. I wasn’t enjoying The Honest Platter as much, I never saw my friends, I could never shake the feeling of anxiety within my stomach and I was running on just a few hours of sleep a night and you could tell.

So I stopped saying yes to everything. I started freeing up weekends. A lot of them actually. I realised it’s not all about looking successful and busy, it’s also about making sure that I’m ok. That I’m coping.  That I’m putting myself first.

So you won’t see me around on social media as much, I don’t have new photos to post every week. Sometimes I’m just watching TV at home with the dogs. It’s a weird transition from being overly busy to having time for myself. I don’t really know what to do with myself. I’ll learn though. It’s important to make sure that I am ok.

I’m sorry if I’ve had to turn you down for an order over the next few months. Summer is already fully booked and I’m taking this time to ensure I’m ready for the challenge. So I can give each of my customers my all. I do love what I do, I love that I get to be part of all of these amazing events and weddings throughout the Bay. But for the next few months, I’m just going to make sure I have time to be part of some of my friends and families events too. And no, I won’t bring a platter.


p.s my boob was fine. I was just getting my period 👌🏽