I worked for 3 and a half years in a job that destroyed me. It was awful. My anxiety was through the roof, my mental health took a huge hit and my confidence plummeted below the ground. This job really put life into perspective for me. Time is precious and I want to enjoy my time and not let a job ruin everything for me. Honestly, I’m glad I had that job because without it I don’t think I would appreciate my life as much as I do now. I stepped away from this job just over a year ago now and I’m still loving my new job (which isn’t that new anymore haha).
The podcast that really made me think
My current job is all administration tasks so we’re allowed to listen to music/ podcasts whilst we work which I love. I discovered a podcast a few months back called ‘Don’t Keep Your Day Job’ by a wonderful lady named Cathy Heller and this was the thing that really got me thinking about life. I felt like I had been on a rollercoaster with my previous job and suddenly I found myself in this calm and peaceful place where my life was suddenly stress-free and it was amazing. Cathy is so refreshing to listen to. The podcast is all about building a life you love, finding your purpose in life and building joy into your everyday life. Listening to this podcast made me realise that all I wanted to do was build a life that I love. Of course, I would love to just start my own business, do my own thing every day and be my own boss… but the reality is that I have bills to pay so that isn’t really realistic straight away. With that being said dreams don’t become a reality unless you work towards them, even if that is just taking small steps at first. Here’s what I’ve been doing to start building a life that I love….
Changed my hours at work
I’ve changed my hours at work. I still work full time (37.5 hours a week) as I need the money, but I work it over 4 longer days rather than 5 days. This gives me an extra day off in the week to focus on myself and what I want to be doing.
Appreciate my weekends
When I hated my job I used to just mope around at weekends as I had no energy to do anything. I really appreciate my weekends now. I love going out with Shaun for walks at the beach, or we’ll head to the cinema or maybe get dinner out. It’s just nice to spend time together and do nice things.
Spend more time doing what I enjoy
This morning I baked some cookies because I love baking. Yesterday I sat and watched Line of Duty on Netflix whilst eating a Cadbury’s chocolate yoghurt because sometimes it’s nice to relax. I’m really just trying to focus on doing things that bring me joy and spending less time doing things that don’t bring me joy.
I’ve just returned from a 2-week holiday to Disney World. It was amazing… but then a week after returning we were feeling tired from how busy the holiday was and felt like some time to relax would be nice so we’ve booked a trip to Majorca for September. We don’t have children yet and find ourselves in a financial situation where we can pay the bills and still save some money each month. We figured we may as well enjoy ourselves whilst we can afford to and go to places we want to.
It’s amazing how life can change so much. When I worked my job I hated I felt trapped and as if I would never be happy. Fast forward one year and I’m probably the happiest I’ve ever been. If you’re in a bad place right now please know that it does get better even if it doesn’t feel like that now. And I really urge you to listen to Don’t Keep Your Day Job; it’s honestly such a breath of fresh air that we probably all need!
Thanks for reading!