Putting Things into Perspective

Oh, how I’ve missed opening up a blank word doc to my own thoughts rather than to jot down a blurb for a social media post for work, or a HTML code I don’t want to mess up later. Blogging has seemed so daunting lately.

I almost closed my computer for the night, with literally four browsers open and eight to ten tabs open in each. This is my life lately. Through various tabs for work projects, shopping lists, my student loan dashboard, LinkedIn, and whatever else I decide to ask Google, I’m going entirely too fast in every aspect of my life.

Just as I was about to close my computer, I came across this article on Everygirl. Titled, Why Burnout is More Prevalent in Women than Men, it struck a nerve. I’ve felt burned out for months, even with a honeymoon and a week of funemployment prior to starting my new job.

Why is that? Why am I so tired? I can’t help but struggle with the answer to that while thinking back on this last year.

This year has been full of amazing things – from almost uprooting my family’s entire lives back to Nebraska – to then not, to subletting our old apartment and moving into an amazing townhouse, to marrying my bff, embarking a new job, to jumping on the Dave Ramsey debt pay down wagon, and to now planning what I want my life to look like in five years. Not to mention the everyday stuff – wake up, work out, walk the dogs, feed the dogs, put away the dishes, pack my lunch, commute to work, blah blah blah. It’s a lot. Not to say my hubs doesn’t do anything because he does, he does a lot, including trying to keep me from going off the rails at any moment which is a huge task on its own. I’m the first to admit that I take on way too much. Even when I try to draw a line at work, I put way too much on my personal to-do list. But it’s no wonder women like myself feel burnt out. We are expected to do more and more and it’s tiring. 

As I work on myself, I challenge you to slow down this holiday season and do something for yourself each day. Go for a walk, drink some tea, take a bath, journal, read a book or listen to a podcast that your future self will benefit from.

What does that mean?

For me, I’m closing some tabs. Taking the time to help my future self. Slowing down to meditate, not taking work home with me, spending time at the gym, running outside, doing more of what I want without being worried about what others think. And most of all, clearing my mind while focusing on what I want my life to look like and where I see myself in three years from now.

What are doing for yourself as we close out 2018 and embark on a new year?