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Are You in Self-Destructive Savior Mode?

For those of you who work or volunteer with animals, I wanted to let you know that the new session of Compassion in Balance, my 8 week online class, starts June 5th. If you’d like to learn how to build compassion resilience, manage your stress, and feel less exhausted and guilty and more at peace with your work, then this class can help.

I know I’ve been out of touch for a while and I’m sorry this is the first thing I’m posting in months. The truth it, it was a long, brutal winter at my house. If you subscribe to my newsletter, you already know that my cat Gus and my dog Birdie both died just a few weeks apart from each other. I’m not ready to write about it in detail here, because Birdie was such a big part of this blog and telling you about losing her feels like another kind of ending that I’m just not ready for yet. One day.

But what I learned these past few months, as I struggled with my own grief, is that the lessons and tools I share in my compassion fatigue class really work. I knew this before, but everything I teach I just had to test drive all over again this winter. I wish I hadn’t needed to do that, but the silver lining is that I can say with even more confidence that the class strategies can help you.

I hate promoting my work. it always feels weird. But I hate that so many of you are suffering alone even more than I hate being uncomfortable, so I’m just going to make myself keep saying it: Compassion in Balance can help you manage compassion fatigue and reclaim the joy of working with animals.

The class will give you the tools you need to do engage with this emotionally challenging work in a different way, so you don’t have to suffer so much.

power is in balance quote

Here’s a little something I shared on Facebook today. I’ve read this passage from Perseverance many times and maybe it will speak to you as much as it does to me:


“What are our limits? How much more work, how many more causes can we realistically take on? How exhausted are we? What signals from our bodies are we denying? How much longer can we keep this up? Do we think we’re doing just fine playing the lone hero?

And finally, why are we afraid to ask these questions? Do we feel that once we see the truth we’ll just run away or withdraw or abandon everything and everybody?

Of course, seeing clearly who we are in this moment – our health, our motivation, the messages coming from our world – gives us the information we need to continue on.

Just not in self-destructive savior mode.”

– Margaret Wheatley


You don’t have to do this alone and you don’t have to hurt yourself to keep doing the work you care most about.

Join me this summer and let’s explore these questions and solutions together, okay?

All the class details:

To sign up: direct enrollment page 

Use the 50% off code and save $74: SUMMEROFTHANKS


  1. Dina Hitchcock #

    How apropos Jess! I just said to myself the other day “you are officially in compassion fatigue mode” Dina

    May 17, 2017
  2. I am just in the process of signing up and it looks like the only payment option is PayPal? Is that correct? I have recently closed my PayPal account due to their unacceptable practices in Palestine. Is there another way of paying? Many Thanks, Bernadette

    Sent from my iPad


    May 17, 2017
    • Hi Bernadette, you can pay by check. Please email me for details: jessica(at)jessicadolce(dot)com

      May 17, 2017

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