071: How to run a business with a chronic illness – with Nikita Williams

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Do you run a business and have a chronic illness? Friends, if you run your own business, you know this line of work is NOT for the faint of heart. The Instagram highlights reel that makes it look easy… is a lie. It’s a lot of work, a whole lot of tough decisions, and let’s face it, sometimes, it ain’t pretty!

But what if you’re also grappling with a chronic illness… can you juggle that and run a successful business at the same time? My guest today says YES!


Nikita Williams simplifies how to run a business with a chronic illness…

… and not kill yourself along the way.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to define ‘chronic illness/chronic pain’ to help determine if this topic affects you
  • Should you tell your clients about your chronic illness?
  • Nikita’s 3-step process to helping you thrive through chronic illness as a business owner
  • Accept it and own it
  • Create systems that work for you
  • Take care of yourself, daily
  • Why it’s important to accept and acknowledge your chronic illness, instead of compartmentalizing it
  • What part your mindset plays, when it comes to healing from what ails you

If you’re not sure how much you should open up about your chronic illness—to your clients, your co-workers, your VA and/or your vendors—I hope you find valuable insight in today’s episode.

You are not alone, no matter if it’s an unexpected cancer diagnosis, or endometriosis, or chronic fatigue. The key is to build a support team, both at home and in the workplace, to help you make the conscious decision to keep going.


My challenge for you this week:

Do you have a daily habit of self-care? If so, what’s working for you, and your chronic illness? Is there something new that you’re inspired to try? Share it with me, privately or publicly, by snapping a photo of you doing the thing and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, people and apps mentioned:

Link: Learn more about endometriosis

Service recommendation: Mary’s personal trainer, Adam Insley of Team HBFS – based in Nottingham

Resource: Hire a Simplifier – Virtual Assistants from The Simplifiers

Planner: The Desire Map 2019 Weekly Planner by Danielle LaPorte

Book: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – Carol S. Dweck

FREEBIE from Nikita: Time To Sell With Intention & Heart – Download Your Freebie & Learn my 3 steps to selling authentically online & grow your business with customers you love & love YOU!

Favorite quotes from this episode:

[19:37] “Self-care is really taking care of your health and your mind. And so if you take that time to do that deep breathing, it’s really helpful because it calms you down. Stress is the number one thing that affects any chronic illness.” – Nikita

[20:02] “When you are taking those deep breaths, just think about things that you’re grateful for. You know, be positive.” – Nikita

[21:20] “Taking care of yourself daily is the little stuff. It’s the three deep breaths. It’s looking up at the sky. It’s starting with a cup of hot lemon water instead of going straight for the triple espresso.” – Mary

[22:32] “’No’ is self-care, because if you don’t say no, you’re going to be saying yes to a lot of things that are going to continue to bring you down, and affect how long you can do what you love.” – Nikita

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About Nikita:

Nikita Williams is a Digital Marketer turned Creative Coach. She’s also the host of She’s Crafted To Thrive podcast, and an Endo Warrior.

Her goal is to empower women in creative businesses who are living with a chronic illness. She helps them to own their story, in order to build a business and life that helps them to thrive.

Where Nikita hangs out online:

Website: craftedtothrive.com

Facebook: @craftedtothrive

Instagram: @craftedtothrive

Nikita’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

Jasmine Star – photographer & business strategist who empowers entrepreneurs to build a brand, market it on social media, and create a life they love.

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