What does it look like to build something you care about and not burn out?

I’m not entirely sure. I don’t have all the answers. But I know it feels more imperative than ever to reframe hustle culture and push back against toxic productivity.

I share insights about sustainable creativity, reflections about the ongoing journey to be well, and links to tiny beautiful things in support of both.

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Who’s behind the Healthier Hustle?

My name is Mary Chris Escobar. My own creative journey centers around my work as a writer, which at times has brought with it a heavy dose of burnout. I’ve also spent years in academia and currently work with highly creative students in the cross-disciplinary center for innovation at a large university.

I holds a masters degree in Counselor Education and am endlessly curious about holistic, authentic well-being (which is way more complicated than memes about self-care).

I’m always on the lookout for tiny beautiful things. Squirrels make me smile. Pizza is the perfect meal.

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Reflections on building a business/creative practice without burning out.


Author. Academic. In pursuit of a healthier hustle. Also pizza. And squirrels.