Finding Balance In My Routine

(This post was originally written in December 2016 but I forgot to post it)

It’s been a minute since I have had time to sit down and get a blog post written but WOW has a lot happened! Most of my time has been going into school: attending, studying, and practicing. I’ve also been busy trying to sort out my job situation…my coffee shop job wasn’t as school friendly as I’d hoped (for what I needed, at least) so I’ve been doing applications and interviews to line something new up for me.

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Image by Anders Printz via Flickr.

I’ve been really wrapped up in trying to find balance in my work/school schedule and with the past couple of weeks off I’ve been able to stop, spend some time on myself, and reflect on how I can get through the rest of my school year without having emotional breakdowns several times a week (I’ve been STRESSED, guys).

I’ve figured a few things out that fill improve my experience for the next year while I’m juggling school, work, social, and home life:

1) Take time for myself – it sounds easy but errands, work shifts, school, and assignments pile up so fast! The past month I did not carve time out in my weekly schedule to do things I enjoy like blogging or working out and it quickly began to take a toll on me.

2) Don’t bite off more than what I can chew – I need to be mindful of how much I put on my plate. I need to not take on more shifts than I can handle at work and I need to not take on extracurricular activities when it comes to school. It would look good on my resume if it said I competed in competitions while I was in school but it’ll look even better if I keep my stress down so I can survive until graduation in the first place!

3) Don’t be so hard on myself! – I’m SO hard on myself about being the best and doing everything perfectly, especially when it comes to school and my home life. Some things for me to remember: I’m not being graded as if I’m a seasoned professional AND Austin will still love me if I forget to clean the cat box from time to time.

I think this is a really good starting point for the rest of my school year. It’s important for me to stay balanced now so I can have long-term success down the road. Getting overwhelmed now won’t help me improve as a person or as a stylist so if I need to slow my roll and do a little less (such a weird goal but it is what it is) then that’s what I need to do.

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