How I got through the death of my father at 21 and a hospitalization with Azizi Marshall | POP 745

A photo of Azizi Marshall is captured. Azizi Marshall is the founder and CEO of The Center for Creative Arts Therapy. Azizi Marshall is featured on Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.

What is the most necessary and healing lesson all business owners need to learn? Is there an old habit or pattern that you have that you think is necessary for survival? Are you burning your candle at both ends?

In the tenth episode of the How I Got Through It series, Joe Sanok speaks about getting through the death of a father at 21 and hospitalization with Azizi Marshall.

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Meet Azizi Marshall

A photo of Azizi Marshall is captured. She is the founder and CEO of The Center for Creative Arts Therapy, as well as being a speaker, author, mental health expert. She is featured on the Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.Azizi Marshall is the founder and CEO of The Center for Creative Arts Therapy, as well as being a speaker, author, mental health expert, creative entrepreneur mentor, and pioneer in harnessing creativity to heal burned-out hustlers. Azizi helps stressed out and overwhelmed private practice owners and female leaders reclaim their health, their time, and connection with themselves… without sacrificing their passion to hustle hard and achieve greatness.

Visit her website and see also The Center for Creative Arts Therapy. Connect on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

In this Podcast:

  • The impact of losing a father
  • Being hospitalized
  • A lesson for business owners
  • Azizi’s advice to her younger self

The impact of losing a father

It made me look at my life and really reevaluate where I wanted to go. (Azizi Marshall)

The death of Azizi’s father made her realize that she wanted to make profound changes in her life.

It gave her the courage to leave a toxic partner, pursue her studies, and start a business that was based around helping other people to cope with traumatic events.

Being hospitalized

Azizi was working on her business while maintaining the usual pressures of being a partner, and sharing a home, and became ill.

She was:

  • Exercising heavily
  • Eating very little
  • Drinking a lot of coffee
  • Sleeping very little

I feel like I’m healthy, but I wasn’t, and my body was trying to tell me. (Azizi Marshall)

One day, Azizi woke up with tremendous swelling and pain in her face and body and was told to go to the emergency room by the dermatologist.

A few months later, she found out that her body had experienced elevated levels of inflammation due to chronic stress.

She made adjustments to her diet, sleep schedule, and exercise regime to bring her body back to a neutral state.

A lesson for business owners

Azizi learned one of the most difficult lessons for many business owners, which is the importance of giving up control.

She had to delegate some of her work out to her teammates.

Growing up we didn’t have a lot, so I always felt like I had to do everything to make something happen. (Azizi Marshall)

It was difficult for Azizi to let go and allow other people to do things for her, but it was one of the most important and healing lessons that she could have learned.

Azizi’s advice to her younger self

Slow down, you don’t need to hustle constantly. Slow down, because you don’t have to do this to survive.

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Meet Joe Sanok

A photo of Joe Sanok is displayed. Joe, private practice consultant, offers helpful advice for group practice owners to grow their private practice. His therapist podcast, Practice of the Practice, offers this advice.

Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.

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