(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.
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.