Embracing Vulnerability: My Ongoing Battle with Imposter Syndrome and Burnout!

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Hi My Beauties! 

It's been quite some time since my last post, and today, I'm doing something I never thought I'd have the courage to do. I'm sharing my ongoing journey, one that I'm still navigating—my battle with imposter syndrome and burnout.

I'm Shenelle Fife , the founder and driving force behind De Jeunesse Bath & Body. You may know me for the products I create, but today, I want to share a different side of me—the one that's been grappling with self-doubt and exhaustion.

Understanding Imposter Syndrome

         Imposter syndrome has been an unwelcome companion on my journey for over two years now. It's a relentless whisper of self-doubt that questions my abilities, achievements, and worth. It's the feeling that I'm not deserving of the success I've achieved.

              My battle with imposter syndrome began during the pandemic. Despite my accomplishments, I found myself plagued by doubt. I questioned whether I truly belonged in the cosmetics industry and if I had the right to create products that make people feel beautiful. Imposter syndrome had a firm grip on my self-esteem.

            It left me feeling like an imposter, uncertain about my path, and my faith plus I constantly second-guessing myself. The emotional toll was overwhelming. The smile I wore for the world masked the turmoil within.


Battling Burnout

           As if imposter syndrome wasn't challenging enough, burnout joined the battle. Burnout is a sense of complete depletion, both mentally and physically. It's the weight of expectations, both from within and from others, becoming too much to bear.

I struggled to maintain focus and find my purpose. The long hours, unrelenting pressure, and the constant drive to prove myself had taken a toll on my well-being. Burnout clouded my vision, making me question whether I was on the right path.

           During this time, I was emotionally drained, constantly on edge, and unable to find joy in the work I once loved. It felt like a never-ending cycle of exhaustion, frustration, and self-criticism. Up until about a month ago, I wanted to quit De Jeunesse. YES it was that serious!!!!!

          In sharing this ongoing battle with you, I'm taking a step towards healing. Writing about my experiences and exploring ways to overcome them together is a path to recovery. As I continue to grapple with imposter syndrome and burnout, I invite you to join me on this journey of vulnerability, resilience, and self-discovery.

           We'll explore strategies, share stories, and, most importantly, offer each other support as we find our way through these challenging experiences.

Remember, your journey matters, and you are not alone. 🌟


Stay tuned for Part 2 of my blog, where I'll share the steps I'm taking to navigate through imposter syndrome and burnout, and how we can do it together. SHARE WITH A FRIEND WHO MAY BE GOING THROUGH THIS AS WELL.

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Thanks for having the courage to share your story. WOW i had no idea that a successful person (in my eyes at least) would go through these roller coaster of feelings. I can understand launching a new product and waiting in anticipation to see if everyone feels the same way or responds in a positive way about what you have created. But i thank God for you and your willingness to be vulnerable and share this side of you. May God continue to bless you and your family and your company and your journey.

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