Monday Motivation – 07.23.2018

“Nothing will work unless you do” – Maya Angelou

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I love when you read something at exactly the time you need it.

After a week of feeling rundown, exhausted and grumpy I hit a wall. I spent my Friday night and most of my weekend in bed, sleeping and catching up on some work in between. I have no energy and no will to get up and go anywhere.

I’ve always tended to take on too many things at once and spread myself too thin. Multiple jobs, courses, social commitments, etc. and this year has been no different. I’m very much a people pleaser, and I definitely suffer from FOMO, so I find it difficult to turn things down. I’ve been hustling to gain work experience and learn as much as I can, and it has certainly paid off. I’ve been promoted at my full time job, have nearly paid off my student debt, landed a part-time job at a fantastic start-up, and padded up my resume with volunteer gigs and a continuing education course.  However, as is the usual case, I’ve hit a breaking point. It’s difficult to give your all to several things at once. By nature, we aren’t meant to multi-task at the rate that we tend to, and when you try to divide your energy between too many things, you end up only doing a mediocre job at all of them. So I’m once again having to take a step back and learning where to draw lines. Trying to find some balance and learning to take care of myself.

The hardest and most unfortunate part of it all is spending all this energy on things that are not truly fulfilling. Author Simon Sinek said “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.” And boy is that accurate. I’ve been in a constant state of stress for the last year or so. Sure, I’m getting great experience and this year looks great on paper, but I’m not even sure this is the path I want to be on. I know I don’t want to be in my current job long term, and I certainly don’t want to sit behind a desk and stare at a computer every day for the next 40 years. Maybe it’s naive of me, but I find it draining to give yourself to things that mean nothing more than a paycheck at the end of the day. But that my friends, is a whole rant I’ll save for another rainy day…

So moral of the story is: learn to say no, to make time for yourself, to take care of yourself, to do more things that make you happy, and not be afraid to take a step back.

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