Like most of you, I am also that girl who sets 4 alarms for her morning ritual because the snooze button just doesn’t give you enough cheat sleep. 7:00, 7:15, 7:35 and finally 7:45 is the last call. After getting up and doing an obnoxious stretch, I trudge like a zombie to the bathroom where I mildly pamper myself, brushing my hair and putting just enough makeup on so I don’t look like a hot mess in the office. While travelling to another city or borough I reflect on my routine life and wonder if anything will ever change. Sometimes I feel stuck. Sometimes I feel unmotivated. But most of the time I am imagining what could be. We often feel like we aren’t living up to our full potential, but there are endless possibilities if you truly seek them.
Imagine this, you just graduated college with a bachelor’s degree that you are an absolute expert in. You’re anxious and can’t wait to get your career started. You earn your first internship with a renowned company that completely reflects what you want to do in life. After a long couple of months working your butt off for little to no pay, you finally decide to pick up a job that isn’t in your field just so you can be financially stable. You feel like you have given up.
The truth is, this is the average life of any post-graduate. Working a job that you don’t necessary want in a field that’s completely out of your element. However, you don’t have to look at this minor bump in the road as a barrier keeping you from your dreams. There are so many opportunities out there that can cure your boredom and create a promising lane for yourself and your brand.
Some thing’s that I did were reading more often, finding a hobby and keeping myself busy with activities I liked. I created a personal book club for myself. I would research books that I was interested in and I created a list of all the books that I wanted to complete for the year. I also didn’t give up my first passion, which is writing. Even though, at the time, I could find a full time job as a writer, I still managed to keep my creative juices flowing by taking on some freelance writing opportunities. Some were paid and some weren’t, but I didn’t mind. I also exercised. A lot. Running and working out was a stress reliever, so I just sweated all my worries away. And lastly, I meditated. Meditation was my form of prayer. When I felt down, I would go to a quiet place by myself and just sit and focus on all the positives in my life while releasing the negative energy. So if you are in need of some serious self-reflection that will help you on your fresh start, here are some tips that encouraged me to take control of my discomfort.
Step 1: Find a hobby.
It can be anything from reading to knitting, just make sure it’s something that you love. Hobbies can be quite therapeutic. They are great stress relievers, which allow you to focus on your projects rather than your problems.
Step 2: Never lose sight of your goals.
Just because you are currently in a position that you don’t want to be in, doesn’t mean it’s permanent. Keep those dreams alive and continue to pursue them. Give yourself allotted time each day to apply to other jobs in your career of choice.
Step 3: Create a blog that focuses on what you want to do.
We live in an advancing tech world where your following and online presence is actually an important qualification to have on your resume. Blogging should be fun, so make sure you create a social media outlet about something that you are extremely interested in.
Step 4: Networking events are uber important.
Forget what you thought about networking events because they aren’t all suit and tie shindigs. An app that I like to use is “Meet Up,” which is a sufficient and easy way to find cool hangout spots where young professionals―like myself―go to mingle and exchange business information. Meet Up is awesome because you can specify your interests and what group of professionals you would like to surround yourself with.
Step 5: Make a vision board.
This is not just an excuse to do some arts and crafts. This is a way for you to really invision your future and make a plan for it. There is a quote that reads, “a goal without a plan is simply a wish.” It certainly takes more than wishful thinking to get to where you need to be. You need faith and diligent work ethic. You need a vision and a motive. And you need to know that no one is going to do it for you. So mapping out your plan is a step forward towards making things happen.
Again, these are just some simple suggestions that have worked for me. They are not guaranteed to work for everyone, but they are definitely worth a shot if they can possibly take you one step closer to your goals. So get up, work hard and make your dreams a reality! #PYNKGirlApproved