You guys, I swear. As soon as I think things are about to slow down life just has a different plan in mind for me! I’ve been pretty much non-stop ever since the holidays. I picked up a part-time job, flew to Vegas for a weekend to see some family, and then had my BFF in town for a visit! Mind you, my sister is also coming in a month, my birthday is around the corner (26 – eeek!) and I’m soon-to-be in the process of transitioning living arrangements. It’s been totally crazy and needless to say, it feels like my plate is overflowing.
I’m not saying these are bad things by ANY means – I know I am a lucky girl – but sometimes trying to organize it all can be a bit hectic. Especially if I am going to keep the blog posts/photo shoots coming in between! Can you believe that Kara and I have had 2 different weekends planned for a BALM retreat but we’ve had to cancel due to our schedules? #sosad
When you have a side gig in addition to your full time position + classes and hobbies + events to attend, it can be a lot for anyone. Juggling is a skill that I have a love/hate relationship with – I love it, it hates me. Sometimes, I feel like Superwomen who can handle it all; and others I’m a nervous wreck, afraid that I’ll just forget about everything! I’ve been sort of forced to come to the realization that it’s okay to prioritize – not everything needs to be done today BUT it can be done.
Everyone has their own way of staying sane. The ability to de-stress your life can be a struggle but it is so necessary. I’ve got some tricks that I hope help you as much as they help me:
#1. Hasta la vista – I turned the notifications off on my phone. Social Media can drive you right into a frenzy. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be told when I need to check my Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat; I want that to be up to me! The technique of checking your apps in intervals rather than constantly throughout the day is a life-saver.
#2. Between personal, work and BALM my inbox is constantly cluttered. There’s just no way I can get back to everyone as quickly as they’d like. My email etiquette tip comes in clutch if you need a little extra time. Acknowledge everything asap. Just respond by saying “thank you so much for reaching out, I don’t have an answer for you quite yet but let me get back to you by ____ (usually 2-3 days later)”. That way no one feels like they are being dissed but you don’t have to rush an answer you aren’t ready for. Add anything you need to get back to, to your tasks list and check them off once complete!
#3. I’m notorious for being a “people-pleaser”. I want to say yes to everything and meet expectations even when they aren’t realistic. Lately, I’m growing out of that quite quickly. If something isn’t reasonable, or if you just aren’t interested you have to speak up! Rip that band-aid off and let them down easy.
Whatever your end goal may be, you’re gonna get there. Take a dip breath, and a big gulp of rosé. You can have it all (IF YOU WANT IT). Just remember to do it at your own pace. Do you, boo.
“She believed she could, so she did”