You know the saying time flies when you’re having fun? Well it pretty much just flies in general cause we’re in March already people! This has been both the longest and fastest few months I have experienced. And if these first three months have taught me anything, it’s how quickly things can change in all areas of life. Your perspective on certain things, mood, career, even your mentality can shift on a dime. It’s strange to look back and think of how these first few months have changed a lot of things, but have also brought clarity as well. Here are a few of the main things I have learned within this time.
1. Your career can take unexpected turns
So I previously posted about my transition from student to career woman, since then I have continued with my job in marketing without much fuss. But recently my boss gave her notice and in doing so, made me think a lot about my future, particularly with the place I am at now. You see it’s one thing to think about moving on from somewhere but it’s another thing entirely to actually do it- especially before you expected to. But I’m learning everyday to adapt as I go and learn as much as I can, while I can.
2. Blogging is hard. Like, really hard.
I’ve always known that being a blogger is hard work but I’ve been really struggling these past few months with creating content and managing my blog as well as having a full time job. Sometimes it feels like too much and I find it hard to find the motivation to come home from work and work on the blog. Because the thing is, my blog was never supposed to make me feel stressful or like it was just more work for me to do. It was meant to be fun and exciting, although it still is at times, life seems to make things harder.
How bloggers manage to create content and post on social media today as well as have a full time job is beyond me. Don’t get me wrong I still love it and I’m not planning on giving up anytime soon, but I’ve become more lax with my scheduling’s while I try to get my mojo back.
3. Finding my way onto the property ladder
This year I decided to make it one of my personal goals to begin saving seriously for a house. I had already been saving leisurely throughout my working life but I felt like it was time to get serious (probably because I saw my friends new house and decided I wanted one of my own!).
But understanding the ins and outs of the property ladder is proving to be more of a challenge then I first thought. Luckily, my mum and dad are also looking for somewhere and so are on hand to give me some tips and pieces of advice I desperately need.
Wrapping my head around the whole thing is a task in itself so it looks like I have some time while I save before I have to get down to business (fingers crossed!).
4. How to balance my work and home life
Having a full time job means sometimes struggling to have a life outside of work, particularly if you work long hours in the day. This was me the majority of last year; getting up at 5.50am, going to work, coming home between 6/7pm before having my tea, going to bed and doing it all over again for the next five days. It definitely takes its toll, more than I thought it would to be honest.
But after starting the gym (gym? Who me?) early in the year as apart of my goal for a healthy lifestyle, I have found a way to feel invigorated and refreshed after work as well as overcoming some past anxiety over the gym. Go me! I don’t go every day of the week, around 3 times and I make sure to switch things up by trying different classes in between. I feel like it’s been really good for my mental wellbeing and has shown me the importance of looking after yourself, even when I didn’t fully realise I needed to.
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What have you learned so far this year? Let me know in the comments!