I don’t know if you’ve ever been in a slump, but I have a time or two. And lately, it seems I’ve been in a slump for what feels like ever. Judging based off the fact that I posted to this blog weekly religiously for a little while, then I fell off the wagon for a month or so.
Every single day I would say to Josh, or Jill or anyone in my friend circle “oh yeah, I have to work on my blog for a bit today, it’s been awhile” but…. I didn’t. A week went by, then two weeks went by, then added stressors in my outside life just put me and my blogging at bay for a little while. How could something that makes me so happy bring me so much dread? Thinking of writing a post brought me so much stress, and for absolutely no reason. Or not really, it wasn’t “no reason”. I was just not happy and hadn’t taken any time to realize that or find out why. What have I been doing to get myself out of what feels like a forever slump?! Well, I’ve started making minor tweaks in my everyday life to get a little more organized. I’ve also had a few major changes and I’m now working on getting back into a routine… for now.
First off, I didn’t want to beat myself up for not working on my blog. I do this for fun right now, it isn’t a job for me. But, it definitely helps spark some creativity into my life, and assists me with getting away from Netflix every now and again. I get a lot of enjoyment out of being able to write and share my opinions with people, but this isn’t my full-time job- although one day that could be a possibility. I am still holding myself accountable without beating myself up. I took time to reflect as to why I couldn’t make time to work on it.
Speaking of this blog not being my full-time job…. Work was something that had been stressing me out for a long time. I’ve been in retail for over 5 years and as much as I love chatting with people and getting to know them, I like to do that from a more personal level rather than from behind a counter being yelled at—if you sense a little passive aggressive tone there you are probably right, ha-ha. What seemed like the end of my world was when my store decided to sell to different owners and not keep all of the same staff—I would be jobless, or so I thought I cried. I hadn’t been unemployed since the day I started my first job. Having a job was something that I identified myself with. I sat around feeling sorry for myself for a day and then I realized that it wasn’t going to get me anywhere. So, I picked up my laptop and applied for jobs. I needed to remain positive. That positivity manifested itself into something because I am now working as a receptionist which is sooooo different from retail. Scary. Almost borderline uncomfortable because I have no experience with actual office work as I’ve only worked in store settings. But guess what, I’m loving it so far. Like I said, what felt like a crappy situation at the time, ended up to have a huge silver lining. My only regret, not doing this sooner. If I hadn’t been happy for so long, why did I stay at the same job? Simple… comfort. I was comfortable and I didn’t want to jump into something new. My point—STOP BEING SCARED! DO SOMETHING NEW.
I am now doing something completely new to me, which makes me completely happy. I feel stressed only from learning my new job, which is less actual stress and more anxiety of failing. But, I’ve been talking myself through that as well by creating lists, and scheduling out my weeks using a Bullet Journal—which I’ll be discussing in a new blog post within the next couple of weeks.
I think overall, getting out of a slump requires you to do some deep personal reflection and find out why you aren’t achieving what you want/need to be. If you aren’t happy, find out why & do what you can to change it—but do so within reason! “Life Is Short” is so cliché, but if you think about it has so much meaning. Stop spending your life unhappy and make changes that allow you to step out of your comfort zone.
Have you done anything completely out of your comfort zone? What was your experience like?