I’ve been meaning to write this post over the last few weeks since I’ve been feeling kinda overwhelmed lately. Don’t get me wrong, this summer was amazing and filled with so many great moments, but I’m a little worn out from the constant going while also trying to get my feet on the ground post-move.
Going into this summer, I really set the bar high for myself. I want to grow this blog, I want to grow my career, I want to travel, I want to explore my new city, I want to reconnect with old friends, and the list goes on. And for the most part I’ve been able to do so much of what I wanted to accomplish, but sometimes it doesn’t feel like I’ve done enough. I think this comes from a place of looking too far ahead at my big goals, comparing where I am to other accomplished people, and not slowing down to appreciate my own little wins for what they are. Wow, do I sound like an angsty millennial or what?
So, I’m giving myself a break and think you should too since you clicked on this post, haha. Here’s how:
1. Slow down and appreciate your accomplishments.
Part of giving yourself a break is taking a step back, looking at what you’ve done, and being proud of it. The other day I was listening to the Girlboss Radio podcast and the host Sophia Amoruso (founder of Nasty Gal) said she doesn’t like the word “success” because it implies there’s this superior destination we’re all trying to reach, when in reality life is a continuous journey of growth. This was super eye opening for me. I was like wow, you’re right; instead of focusing on this fictional destination called “success”, I should be focusing on self-growth and the milestones along the way. Instead she calls “successful” people, “accomplished” people. Makes sense to me.
2. Stop comparing your accomplishments to others.
I. Am. So guilty. I tend to look at others who seem to have it all, especially on social media, and start to compare my accomplishments to theirs. I think we’re all guilty of this and it’s a really heavy burden to carry around. How about we all start taking social media for what it is and remember that everyone has ups and downs, k? Unless you’re with those people 24/7, you’re probably only going to see their best side. Also, I like to think we all have our own set of issues, so don’t beat yourself up over them. Instead get back up, dust yourself off, and kill it the next day.
3. Take some time to yourself.
If you’re feeling exhausted, you need to do something to recharge. Your health is all you have to keep yourself going, so you need to take care of it and know when to say no when you’re drained.
This has been especially true for me the past couple weeks. I’ve been going 100mph and ended up getting sick for over 2 weeks. I think this was a sign that I needed to take a step back and chill, which drives me nuts with FOMO. But, I forced myself to rest up and woke up this week finally feeling the motivation to get up and get after it.
4. Find a podcast that gives you an extra boost of motivation.
I am super amped on podcasts lately. I love Girlboss Radio and just started listening to Rookie this week. It’s so inspiring to be able to listen to other powerful women talk about their journeys and accomplishments and I’m finding that it’s just the motivation I needed to keep going after what I want. It’s really cool to hear how some of the most badass women have ended up in their position and it’s usually not a very straightforward path. I think their ability to try on all sorts of hats and gain the tools they need to make smart maneuvers is what makes these women so amazing.
They are also resilient and forward-focused. Whenever they got knocked down in their careers or personal life, they got back up and bounced back stronger. So I definitely recommend Girlboss and Rookie if you’re looking for some extra motivation and affirmation that you’re going to be fine as long as you’re giving it a good shot.
I would also LOVE more recommendations on your favorite podcasts, so feel free to drop me a note.