It’s time to update you on the circus that is my life. You might remember I was laid off from my job in marketing three months ago. If you don’t, I’d like to know your tips for magically erasing such events from ones mind, because it’s been all-consuming here on my end.
The internet is bursting at the seams with life mantras, preaching at you to go for it and everything will fall into place. I didn’t go for it – I was more or less shoved – and things didn’t exactly fall into place for me, until now.
I was flipping through the May issue of SELF magazine recently (talk about being behind) and I read an article written by Emma Straub, a novelist, who said, “Too much freedom, I found, can feel as stifling as too little – purposeless and desperate.”
While we’re at it, this Levo Leauge article also resonated with me. Jessica Knoll, author of Luckiest Girl Alive said, “If you suddenly quit your job and have all this free time to devote to your passion project, I just don’t think you’re going to be as motivated to work on it. I think you’re actually going to feel really overwhelmed and like you don’t know where to start because you have too much time on your hands.”
This is precisely where I found myself. Overwhelmed and unsure. I thrive on being busy and the workload I created for myself wasn’t cutting it. So…
I got a new job.
And let me tell ya, the past two and a half weeks have been a true testament to the amount of work that goes into blogging – not to mention working full-time, maintaining a social life, working out and taking the necessary time to unplug and recharge. A moment of silence for my sanity, please.
I’ve found myself in a position where I’ll be writing, editing and managing projects within a corporate communications department. It’s a few blocks from our apartment (hallelujah, no commute!), the hours are great and it just felt right, ya know? Best of all, I have a renewed sense of motivation to grow and nurture this little side hustle of mine.
I’m of the belief that if you ever get to a place where you feel like you have it all figured out, you’ve stopped learning and subsequently, stopped growing. No matter what I’m doing in life, I always want to be bettering myself. That is my new mantra.
So that’s where I’m at. Right here, right now.
Top photo by Sarah Sweeney Co.