Are you listening?
Maybe the music is up too loud? The noise of friends, family, strangers, or even yourself?
Can you turn it down? Do you even know how?
The last several months I’ve been stressed, there’s no doubt about it. Sure, I’ve been doing what I can to reduce it and starting each morning with workouts that help bring me back down. I’ve learned the appropriate amount of sleep for myself and I’m eating clean, nutritious foods, but it just wasn’t enough. The meltdowns were happening, the lack of motivation (in all aspects of my life) was looming, and I needed to make a change.
Sometimes changes are also sacrifices. A veer from what you originally planned, what was the smart, safe and yet still necessary choice. And then it turns sour and you have to pull an audible.
Are you brave enough to make that decision?
I stared a second job back in February. The plan was to work there for a year or until I got some major bills paid off and felt comfortable with my financial situation again. I was working 10-12 hours a week and while the job wasn’t hard, it filled me with unnecessary stress. It just wasn’t working for me and I knew it was time to make a decision.
The second part of the plan included diving into freelance and get that base setup before I put in notice or left, but then I hit my breaking point and found myself teetering on the edge of meltdown. I took a deep breath, finished my shift, and went home that night with a decision to make. Was I now risking my health? My sanity? All of the good things I had built for myself? It’s not worth it.
When I went in the next day, I put in my 2 weeks notice. It was like an immediate weight lifted from my shoulders and I knew I was making the right decision. Saturday marks my final shift and in the last two weeks, I’ve secured 3 sponsored post opportunities, have another in the works, and have more ideas and plans I’m flushing out myself. Sure things can fall through and blogging is never guaranteed at my level, but it’s felt like reassurance and that’s what matters for me.
I bring this up today because maybe you’ve fallen into the same trap. Maybe not in the same way, with a part time job that is no longer serving you, but with another aspect of your life.
I want you to think about what in your life needs to be evaluated or re-considered? It doesn’t make you a failure, it makes you strong and powerful. And because life is way too freaking short to live a life that isn’t serving you.
What do you need to re-evaluate today? Are you listening to YOU?