I’m Janeen, and I’m so glad you exist.
I work with ambitious authors, entrepreneurs, and ministry leaders who are ready to own their unique words, increase their outreach, and reach their finish lines without burning out.
Why does this matter to me?
Because I am an ambitious author, entrepreneur, and ministry leader (among many other things) who has burned out more times than I can count.
"Driven From Birth"
Or so my mom says. 😉 I was born with a restless, creative mind, an eye for patterns, a passion for problem-solving, an insane curiosity about the world around me–and a terrible inability to figure out when enough was enough.
Add to that undiagnosed ADD, sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder (on the “Aspergers” end), and welp, it was a recipe for The Burnout Cycle. I’d pull myself together, learn all the social skills and tools necessary to succeed, throw myself into tasks with reckless abandon–and then crash. Hard. Over and over.
By the time I’d graduated college (summa cum laude in Cross-Cultural Studies, FYI), this pattern was the norm for me. Every successful semester was followed by 3-4 days of mental and physical breakdown. Every giant leap meant I’d hit the ground harder afterwards.
And the thing is, I managed to sort-of function this way.
At least for a while….
The "Successful" Burnout Cycle (Not)
Onward to eight years as a classroom teacher: two years with adult ESL at a business school, three years in elementary Classical Christian education, and three years as a high school English teacher (also at a Christian school).
And yes, my husband and I made teacher income (aka, not very much).
There were always at least 2-3 side jobs and hustles, including bookstore sales, direct sales, summer camp teaching (and directing), and my biggest dream of being a published professional author.
Oh yeah, and I launched a publishing company. 😉
I dug in my heels. I took sporadic breaks. I had episodes of deep depression, anxiety, recklessness, and all the side effects of mostly ignoring my chronic physical and mental health issues (even the food allergies, at times). I cried out to God–and by His undeserved grace, He kept me going.
Finally, I resigned from teaching to become a full-time publishing house leader (business #1) and launched my own author services business (business #2). Plus I was still writing books (we’ll call this business #2 1/2 because I didn’t have much time to spare).
Theoretically, I’d be able to set my own schedule and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Ha. Ha ha. Haaa.
The Big Crash (and the Renewal)
It was about three years into my multi-business career that I found myself in the ER for suicidal ideation. I’d been faithfully following the Burnout Cycle all throughout my self-employment. Now, I’d hit rock bottom. Again.
God was sending me a wake-up call–one of many He’d been sending me over the years. And finally, it was sinking in. I was *gasp* finite, and moreover, I’d worn myself down to nothing at the ripe old age of thirty-two.
With the loving guidance of my husband, family, and friends, I enrolled into therapy, counseling, functional medical care (I was diagnosed with another chronic condition), and a solid vocational program to drastically rethink the way I approached work, life, and my Christian faith (there’s still a lot of growth happening on the “Janeen can’t control everything” end).
And during this time, I was on a work restriction, because for some crazy reason, everyone thought I’d been turning to my ambitions and achievement to find fulfillment (yes, they were right 😉 ).
Which gave me a challenge: how to get more work done in less time without burning out or falling back into old thought patterns or habits.
Little did I know, this would turn into my driving passion.
There's A Better Way to Do Your Work and Calling
Look, we’ll always have trouble in this world.
There will always be difficulties and suffering and hardship.
I have chronic conditions, so I know this is true.
But there are ways to do things better, faster, and easier so that you can still write, market, and serve according to your passion and calling.
Times of weakness don’t invalidate your God-given abilities.
And I'm here to give you customized strategies, encouragement, and motivation to help you succeed without burnout.
Let's break the cycle and grow your work together.
Overworked but excited? Unfocused but ready to dig in and do things with more ease? Book a business or ministry consult with me. Also available for workshops!
Browse the Books
From urban fantasy to poetry to writing resources to essays on mental health and the church, there’s plenty to see!
Editing, coaching, marketing and more–all customized to the ambitious author ready to maximize the potential of their unique words to achieve their goals–without burnout.
What People Are Saying
With your friendly host, Janeen!
False! We met in college at the campus foam swordfighting club. I’d been swordfighting for a while, so I started out better than him, but he learned quickly–by losing bout after bout and improving each time. Humility, it’s the secret to growth. 🙂
True and false! I’ve always been self-motivated, leading me into adventures with direct sales, summer day camp creation/directing, and theater directing/producing, and of course writing/publishing. However, I also worked eight years in education, from third grade to fifth grade to high school to adult ESL. I still have a heart for helping people succeed!
True! I’m highly synesthetic (about 8 different types and counting). I also have ADHD, and I’m on the autistic spectrum. I used to hide this info until I was convicted about reinforcing stereotypes by my silence.
True! I’m a total info-junkie. I’ll happily read books on history, languages, scientific discovery, cultural anthropology, various geek fandoms, etc. And nothing says ‘info geek’ quite like reading the world building of Harry Potter while I haven’t read the actual books. Did I mention my TBR pile is huge? 😉
(aka, I do a lot of things–you have been warned 😉 )
Janeen Ippolito believes in business without burnout. She’s a multi-published author of bestselling fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She’s also an experienced editor and marketing strategist, plus the head of Uncommon Universes Press, a publishing company with award-winning books. Oh, and she hosts Own Your Unique Words, a book business and marketing podcast, and speaks regularly at conferences. In her spare time, she helps her epic husband with his youth swordfighting ministry, indulges her foodie ambitions, reads whatever she wants, and explores a slew of random hobbies. Her life goals include traveling to Antarctica and riding a camel while wearing a party hat. She loves to collaborate and encourage, so connect with her on social media or at janeenippolito.com