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Incredible lightness of ‘being’

Sian Clifford, entrepreneur and winner of our New Wise Voice award, explains how, after burning out, she surrendered to a kinder, more ‘feminine’ way of living and working – and learned to ‘be’ as well as ‘do’

At the end of 2015, I found myself in a dangerously catatonic state. As well as having three jobs – one for money, two for love – I had given myself six weeks to create, brand and launch an entirely new business, something I had never done before. ‘Still Space’ was founded to share my maverick approaches to slowing down, alongside the empowering practice of connecting to your authentic self.

As Christmas loomed, I was so exhausted I could barely choose what underwear to put on or recall whether I had eaten that day or not. I felt hollow. I shall borrow from Tolkien to explain: ‘Like butter scraped over too much bread.’ I put even more pressure on myself to get everything done because that seemed to be the only way out.

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