Under Pressure…

So… this post isn’t like anything I have ever written before but now I am branching into new territory I thought there’s no better post to start with. I should say as well thank you so much for everyone’s lovely comments on my new look, I hit over 200 views yesterday which is just AMAZING thank you so so much for stopping by and a HUGE hello to all the newbies that checked in.

Today, I wanted to touch base on something I am hearing a lot lately and that’s pressure. Not the kind of pressure where we insanely stalk Instagram models for hours then cry we don’t have abs and an ass like a peach. This is about the pressure we put on ourselves about our lives and the fact we might just not be where we planned on being 10 years ago.

It’s something I am hearing a lot lately, it might be the age that I am at I guess, but so many people I now speak to are burning themselves out and getting so upset that they aren’t at the place they want to be in life. Not everyone’s pressures are the same this could be to do with work, this could be relationships, babies, I haven’t hit the marriage or babies scale yet so I’m kind of going to focus on the work aspect today, sorry brooding mums to be.

I was crazy guilty of shining the interrogation light on myself a couple years ago I had always been the girl with a plan I always thought by now I would be running my own business living in a penthouse whilst attempting to help the world in some way. Don’t get me wrong I have worked hard and I have had some of the most amazing roles I could dream of work wise. I’ve traveled the world and met amazing people, I had the sports car, the lush apartment but unfortunately it didn’t make me happy. I used to get so worked up I would be in the office at 7AM and leave at 10PM and my weekends were spent behind my laptop, my life was work and that is all I knew. I isolated myself from everything and everyone I had no time to myself and in the long run this is what held me back. Sounds a little odd right? How can working so hard hold me back? Well I had no time for personal development and I became very lonely in my world. As I watched people pack their bags and head off to travel the world for fun I felt very sad. I had put so much effort into my career and I just was constantly coming up against brick walls. I began to question myself why am I not there yet? What was taking me so long? Then came the self-doubt maybe I’m not good enough, maybe I can’t do it and boom burn out! I was completely exhausted I had made myself ill and I had lost myself completely.

Long story short a dark few months followed until I woke up and decided this is not what I want, I’m changing. I left my job and opted for something a little more relaxed and I began to spend time on me and only me. My healthy eating and gym life started, I began to see my friends again and I loved my job. I began developing myself and exploring Marketing something I thought I had left far behind, I went on courses I attended seminars and I have even enrolled to do my masters next year. I met new people and do you know what I feel like a brand-new person. I have an amazing relationship a lovely home a great family and an amazing group of friends I’m in the best place I have ever been.

Two years ago, I would never have set up a blog or designed a website I never would have gone to spin class to be fair I probably would never have gone outside. But I’m doing it now and I’m enjoying just being me and learning new things. It doesn’t mean I don’t have career aspirations any more, it doesn’t mean I’m going to lay around in my PJ’s all day it just means that I’m giving myself time to grow as a person, not as a ticking time bomb ready to explode at 30. It didn’t happen overnight I still get stressed, I still want to do well at work it’s just who I am as a person but one thing is for sure I don’t let it get me down anymore.

Wow I rambled on for a lot longer than I thought I would there but I just want you to take a few things from this post. If you feel you aren’t getting to where you want to be or things aren’t going the way you planned that it is OK and it is also OK to take a step back. It doesn’t matter you don’t own your own home yet, it doesn’t matter you aren’t a CEO, it doesn’t matter you don’t have abs. What matters is that you are happy and enjoy what you have now. You will get there eventually your determination and motivation will push you but just remember it’s important to go out and do things for you and only you. You will be surprised at how much can change when you look after yourself and stop giving yourself such a hard-bloody time! Everything will fall into place eventually and so what if it’s not the exact date you wrote in your diary when you were 15 you will get there in the end.

Two years ago, I would never have set up a blog or designed a website I never would have gone to spin class to be fair I probably would never have gone outside. But I’m doing it now and I’m enjoying just being me and learning new things. It doesn’t mean I don’t have career aspirations any more, it doesn’t mean I’m going to lay around in my PJ’s all day it just means that I’m giving myself time to grow as a person not as a ticking time bomb ready to explode at 30. It didn’t happen overnight I still get stressed, I still want to do well at work it’s just who I am as a person but one thing is for sure I don’t let it get me down anymore.

Wow I rambled on for a lot longer than I thought I would there but I just want you to take a few things from this post if you feel you aren’t getting to where you want to be or things aren’t going the way you planned that it is ok and it is also ok to take a step back. It doesn’t matter you don’t own your own home yet, it doesn’t matter you aren’t a CEO, it doesn’t matter you don’t have abs what matters is that you are happy and enjoy what you have now. You will get there eventually your determination and motivation will push you just remember it’s important go out and do things for you and only you. You will be surprised at how much can change when you look after yourself and stop giving yourself such a hard bloody time! Everything will fall into place eventually and so what if it’s not the exact date you wrote in your diary when you were 15 you will get there in the end.

 

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I'm Alex, a 26-year-old Lifestyle Blogger from Manchester. Once upon a time piling on the pounds, I'm now I'm changing my lifestyle for a healthier better me. I've tried it all, the juice diets, sirtfood diets, 5:2 diets you name it I've done it. My aim is to tell you all about it, but I guarantee we will get distracted along the way.

3 thoughts on “Under Pressure…

  1. I have a job right now (6 years already, office job) that was fun in the beginning but it’s killing me now. I decided last month to register at the photo academy and finally do what I love. Till now it still makes me smile and can’t wait to start next year. I hope that in the future I can combine photography with travelling 🙂

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