Guilty as charged – Pushing too hard at life.

I’m not a sickly kind of girl. I can go years without even a sniffle. I rarely have a cold or even a sore throat.

But when I do get something, it will be a humdinger.

I will be knocked off my feet and feel totally sorry for myself.

To be honest I think sometimes (*ahem* – most of the time) I’m just pushing too hard.

I think I’m super-woman.

Admitting I’m tired or that I need to rest is not a quality I was blessed with. Mr IM gets totally frustrated with my stubbornness  sometimes. When I’m rested I totally understand his frustrations but if he suggests I stop and get some rest at 22:30 at night Ms. Gritty Tired Jealous Pants appears and snaps ‘I’m fine darling – you get some sleep’.

Like all of us, I try to fit too much into each day. I get up at 5:30, work full-time, come home and do the housey necessities like eating and the likes, before I start blogging. Blogging is my release. It clears my mind. I also adore the love, support, respect and general awesomeness within the blogging/social media community.


It then feels like I blink my eyelashes 10 times and the clock is close to striking midnight.  I’m envious because sensible Mr IM is sleeping like a baby and I’m calculating how little sleep I will achieve before the alarm goes off again in 5 and a half hours!

This silly routine was bound to catch up with me at some point I guess. I’ve done it since the first week in November when I started work at Witchery and launched Iris May Style – bad timing Bev!

I eat really well, tonnes of fruit, veg and general goodness but it still catches up with you eventually.

Christmas holidays and retail don’t go together, so in total I’ve only managed 4 extra days off (including Christmas and New Year) since I started.

So when one of my teeth started to feel sensitive to hot and cold the week before last, I just knew there was something big bubbling.

Why? Because I know I have neglected myself.

I called my dentist who said I had a fracture and I would need to see a specialist because I had a nasty infection and the offending tooth had at least a double root…it turned out to be a triple – lucky old me!

Anyway, to add insult to injury I now have the mother of colds. Sore throat, ear ache and a chesty cough…it serves me right for bragging (why oh why did I utter the words ‘I never get colds and flu’).

This week was my week off to get sorted before I start at Country Road on 7th April.

Why is it that whenever you take you foot off the gas, every virus that you’ve managed to avoid in the last 6 months decides to have a party at your place?

Well a party in my head to be precise.

You could say my head has gone viral 😉

Seriously. Just seriously.

Here is the only half decent picture of me from yesterday.

Guilty as charged: Pushing too hard.

Our great mates were visiting for the weekend. I didn’t have the energy to cook breakfast, so we popped to Alex Headland for another visit to Elliotts Fine Foods.

Superb grub once again. I then went back to bed.

Right peeps, I’m going back to bed again with my laptop to plan my Country Road wardrobe…well a girls gotta cheer herself up somehow when she feels like cr*p!

Do you find yourself pushing too hard until you make yourself ill? Got any tips for fighting the lurgy that I should know about?





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  • Sophisticated Mumma

    Isn’t it funny how people always get sick when they have a bit of time off work? It does sound as if you’re burnt out, poor you! Take a bit of time out and drink plenty too flush the nasties out. Hope you feel better soon and you’re being looked after well 🙂 x

    • Thanks so much gorgeous girl, yes I’m being looked after very well, I feel very loved.
      It happens every single time I stop! I suppose its my own fault though because I’ve always been a ‘hundred miles an hour kinda girl’ – Like everyone I promise I will change, but I never seem to quite practice what I preach xx

  • SNAP! Guilty as charged over here too. I’ve had a niggling injury since April LAST YEAR that I am finally going to get treatment for. I’m getting better at reading my body’s signs when it’s nearing burnout, however what I’m not getting better at is stopping – there’s always too much to do and I feel guilty if I don’t get it all done.
    I hope you are starting to feel better. Take care of yourself lovely. x

    • Do you know what I’m really good at though? Making sure everyone else around me is sorted out. I tell them to go to the doctors, I make sure everyone rests and looks after themselves, but like you, I feel GUILTY if I slow down when there is stuff that needs doing. Maybe one day I’ll learn!
      Ps.Thanks so much for the love, still feeling rubbish but I know I’ll turn the corner soon xx
      Pps. Make sure you get that injury of yours sorted out! 😉

  • katypotaty

    I’m so excited to see how you put together some of the latest Country Road pieces – I love their stuff, but often struggle ‘outfitting’ from CR.
    So glad you’ve got this week off to rest and recuperate, it’s too exciting! Rest up, petal. xox

    • CR was the first shop I fell in love with when we moved here. I will be like a kid in a sweet shop on a daily basis and I’m so excited!
      Thanks Petal, I must admit I’ve felt better 🙁 xx

  • Petra

    I agree with Persephone – you need a “holiday”! I’ve found Fusion’s Astra 8 is absolutely marvellous – available at all good health food stores (and some chemists too); great for boosting the immune system quickly. Thank goodness you’ve got a week off – I remember starting new jobs and feeling under the weather because I’d overdone things. Hope you feel well super quick so that you can enjoy a few days of R&R.

    • I’ve not heard of Fusion’s Astra 8 before Petra – thanks for the recommendation, I will definitely pick some up today because I must confess, I’ve not felt this lousy in ages!
      This week is just what I need to get well and recharge my batteries in preparation for next Monday. Thanks so much for stopping by lovely xx

  • Kathryn

    Hi Bev., I’m a newish reader of your blog. Also a Sunny Coaster! After becoming really ill with pneumonia last year I have started to listen to my body. I had three days off last week, feeling ‘fluey’/shivering in the heat etc and now I feel up to work again tomorrow. If I had of just kept plodding on I would have been a mess now. Rest, and extra fruit and veg etc is my advice. And, look after yourself! Hope you feel better soon, Kathryn

    • Kathryn it often takes something big to make us stop and take notice. I knew I needed a trip to the dentist a couple of months ago but instead of making time I left it and now I have a dreadful infection (not to mention $2500 bill for one tooth). There seems to be a nasty flu virus going around the coast at the moment – it would normally pass me by…if only I had been looking after myself! Thanks so much for the great advice and good wishes xx

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    I am a big believer of listen to my body but I still push too hard I try and do things that take me 5 hours what a normal person might take 2 hours to do,I’m stubborn and don’t want to give in that is my problem and I don’t like asking for help.I am like you I don’t get little things just big things that make me have to go to bed,I don’t do things by halves.
    I have a couple of tips for you lovely vitamin C everyday and also make some chicken soup I find this is a cure all for lots of things and is great when you don’t feel like eating much,chicken breasts,veggies and some ginger a packet of chicken noodle soup and a big lot chicken stock ,cut up the chicken and throw everything in the slow cooker and by dinner time you have a lovely soup and it is great for winter for dinner everyone here loves it.
    please be kind to yourself while you are sick lovely Bev and listen to your body and try to go to bed early ( I am a naughty girl at this too)Big Big hugs and I hope you are feeling better soon beautiful girl Xx

    • I hear you lovely girl! It’s so frustrating when you’re determined to do something, I’m very strong willed and don’t listen to the signals my body is trying to send me. I push them away, until one day they all come flooding at me together!
      I have got some super strong Vitamin C powder which is meant to be good – I will take some today I promise. The chicken soup sounds exactly what I need, especially with my sore mouth. Thanks for the tips Petal and for stopping by with a big hug xx

  • Bev I really hope you feel better soon and you get to enjoy some quality you time before you start at Country Road. I (touch wood) am relatively healthy as well. But recently went to the doctors for a check up, blood tests. Results were not as good as hoped. From taking no medication to taking iron tablets and now cholesterol tablets. I too never rest when the body gives the signals. But we all must learn too rest when needed.

    • Why don’t we listen to our bodies more Vicki? We sound very similar when it comes to ignoring the signs. You take it easy too xx
      I’m really looking forward to starting CR – I think a few days of doing nothing is just what I need before I start. A shopping trip is definitely on the cards as soon as I feel a touch better though, I’ve got to have something new to wear for my first day haven’t I? 😉

  • Oh Bev, you sound as though you need a holiday! Hope a day or two of r and r, sees you back on your feet again. Take care. Xx

    • Thanks so much lovely. You’re so right, a couple of days doing nothing is exactly what I need. xx