Work-Life Balance

Writing posts that say “sorry I’ve been so busy, I’m back and will be writing lots!” are becoming way too common on my blog. But hey everyone, I’m writing to say sorry I’ve been so busy, but I’m back and will be writing lots!!

Sigh, hear me out…

Over the past semester I’ve put my blog on the back burner to focus on school – which at the time seemed like the right thing to do. The way I saw it I have one go at school and my site will always be there for me when I have time. There’s no use in jeopardizing my grades to get a post out. The reality is that this logic is so, so wrong.

Back in the summer I launched a Lifestyle section on my site. There’s a stigma attached to beauty blogging – of course it comes off as superficial. As Dolly Parton said, “I hope people realize that there is a brain underneath the hair and a heart underneath the boobs” which is absolutely spot on. As much as I love writing on the best mascara or how to tackle unruly hair, I was optimistic that this site could cover beauty on the inside too; most importantly how to deal with your work-life balance.

I was so enthusiastic about my new venture. Everything I would learn about managing school and keeping organized I would share on my blog. This was going to be great! Ah, sweet, naive Shan who thought she could really keep it up without decent time management skills.

For me, writing is my outlet – I’d even say my happy place. I love channeling my 23589252 daily thoughts into something tangible. Not only is it fun to share with friends and fellow bloggers, but it also becomes a part of thought catalogue which I get to reread and reflect on years later.

As the projects started coming in I started writing less and less. This completely contradicted my objective of writing on supporting a beautiful brain which should always be number one. I felt tired, unenthusiastic and defeated as I finished one project and started on the next. Don’t get me wrong – I love the program I’m in. But at the end of the day, even if you’re living out your dream job, if you’re not making time for your passions what good is the quality of your life? Mid-semester I vowed to myself that as soon as my last paper was submitted I would hit the ground running with my writing.

After submitting my final project on Monday I did what I needed to do – slept 14 hours, vegged out on the couch watching Christmas movies on Netflix and devoured a carton (or two) of candy cane ice cream.  Ah – complete relaxation. After acting like a bum for a couple of days I got up, cleaned my apartment from top to bottom, put on a decent outfit and did my hair and makeup for the first time in two weeks (because, really, who needs that when you’re up until 4 every morning working?).

I turned on Legally Blonde (Elle Woods motivates me), took our all the product I need to review which has been sitting in a pile for months, and brought up all the notes with ideas I’ve jotted down on my phone… and get this… wrote out a CONTENT CALENDAR for 2017. Yes, really. A weekly plan for the first quarter of the year on what I will be writing and have blocked out time in my calendar for every Sunday to make it happen.

The truth is when you’re always putting priorities before your passion, you’re never going to be happy. Whether it’s running, practicing guitar, or even something like colouring – do it! Make time for it.

It’s that time of year again where we start making resolutions for the New Year. Make sure making time for the things that matter most to you are on that list.

Starting tomorrow, I’m excited to publish the first article on my calendar. I hope you follow along on the new content on both  beauty and lifestyle that’s to come!

Cheers to New Years resolutions,

Shan

 

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