The Entrepreneurs Guide To Self Love For When You Don't Have Any Time

Dawn Lee, Art Director and business owner, shares how she makes time for self love as an entrepreneur.
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Feb. 27, 2020
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Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories, whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you! Every entrepreneur knows that your business becomes your baby. Building something from scratch that utilizes your talents and makes you money is a path for the bold-hearted. On this entrepreneurial path, you can meet the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, and the amount of energy you put into your business can sometimes feel expended. So, how do you make time for yourself when time eludes you in the name of success? We spoke to entrepreneur and creative director Dawn Lee, owner of DLD.Studio, on her journey and the importance of finding balance and time, for self love. The Unintentional Entrepreneur"I own a digital design studio that I unintentionally started right after college. After graduating, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do yet, so I spent a lot of time searching for jobs trying to figure it out. I always loved graphic design, so on the side, I'd do small things like make business cards for friends, banners for their parents, things like that. I like listening to T.V. while I work and I was listening to a popular YouTuber and decided to look at her profile. I noticed her banner wasn't as great as someone with a million plus followers could have, so I messaged her offering my services, and got my first big gig! From there, I started getting more clients and eventually stopped spending time job-hunting and began freelancing full time. Next thing I knew, I had a design studio going and it's called DLD.Studio!"
@dawnleedesign Photo c/o Dawn L.
@dawnleedesign Photo c/o Dawn L.
Many Hats, Many Stresses"Each week, [the team] has to wear ten different hats. It feels crazy at times because we have our hands in everything — from content creation and digital design to social media — and I honestly get stressed all the time. The best way for me to not get caught up in all the overwhelming things that come my way is taking deep breaths. Before I read an intense email, or tackle a tough day, I take some deep breaths and remind myself that this is part of the package. I love 95% of the things I do for my job, and this 5% is just part of the deal. That helps me to kind of tough it out and handle things."It's All About You"It's so important for me to make time for myself. Something I started doing that has helped me so much is stretching. It's easy for our bodies to get stiff when you're always in front of a computer, so stretching is very relaxing for me. At the end of the day I always take thirty minutes to just stretch and let everything go. I also love to let everything go by watching reality T.V.! For me, I know people might think a lot of reality T.V. is 'trash' T.V., but I honestly found this is the best way for me to relax. I used to watch a ton of 'inspo' videos after work, but I would feel exhausted after because my mind is still working. Part of making time for myself means I can let go of everything for the night and just be."
@dawnleedesign Photo c/o Dawn L.
@dawnleedesign Photo c/o Dawn L.
The Impact Of "You-Time""Taking time for myself and doing things I love makes a huge impact in my day to day, and my business. On the days I don't stretch and let go of all the stressful stuff, it carries over into my next day and I tend to feel restless. In order for me to keep my work going and to grow it, it's so important that I take care of me, first."What Every Entrepreneur Needs"Don't be hard on yourself. Doing this for me has been about accepting myself and all my quirks, my weird habits, and my bad habits. Finding a way to be kind to yourself will help you from getting stuck in bad self talk. Also, exercise! Not for beauty or anything, but for your stamina. Having you own business takes a lot out of you, and you never know what hour of the day it needs you. Exercising helps build your energy and stamina to help keep up with the demands of being an entrepreneur."Dawn's Most-Loved Beauty
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