Why Self Care is the Most Important To-Do for Entrepreneurs

Real talk - stress is unavoidable as a business owner. Carrying the weight of stress that comes with being the face behind the business and keeping all the cogs turning can definitely start to wear on a creative entrepreneur if it isn't handled with care. And friends, I wasn't careful enough this summer and I paid a big price.

The summer started out pretty wild; I started out by photographing some of my favorite projects ever, was on a super exciting trajectory with big dreams and goals for myself and my business - and then I injured my back. Like, bad. I wasn't able to work for more than a month, was in constant pain and lost all of my independence and mobility. I've learned a lot of lessons that I needed - and despite the literal and emotional pain of having a back injury, I'm ultimately really thankful for this time.

It's easy to get caught up in the fear that if you take a day, an afternoon, or even an hour off your work your business will suddenly collapse. But take it from someone who was running too fast for too long without a break - your body will make you stop when you need to stop. If there's anything I've taken away from this injury (and that I hope I can share with you) is to take care of yourself before your business, take breaks regularly, and don't get caught in the allure of the hustle (cause it ain't cute or sustainable).

I plan to incorporate healthier methods in my business that still get the job done but aren't as hard on my body (nobody needs to be hunched over their computer 24/7). And if you're the type to put yourself after your business, I would sooo encourage you to reflect and readjust - your body has to come before your work, because without it you can't work (seems obvious, but like, it can be hard to remember).

Thank you to everyone who's helped me over the last few months and to you all for being patient in my absence. I'm REAL excited about the projects I've been working on and I can't wait to share them with you. :)

Katharine Hannah

Chicago, IL

Katharine’s work has graced the walls of institutions such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Harold Washington Library of Chicago, and local galleries such as Dreambox Gallery, Siragus Gallery and Blick Art Materials. She has also been featured on websites such as the Huffington Post, Phlearn, Fstoppers, Tigress Magazine for Girls, Bitchtopia, and Golden Boy Press.

In addition to photography, Katharine has been a mentor and educator in the arts since 2013. She has worked with students in various organizations and projects over the last two years, including Hive Chicago’s PROjectUS initiative and Digital Youth Network’s Digital Diva’s and Chicago City of Learning programs.