It took me the better part of a year to figure out that I don’t need to do things that I don’t want to do.
Okay, I still need to pay my cell phone bill. And do the dishes. And wear clothes that could potentially double as “pajamas” in public (ugh). But I learned that I don’t need to invest tons of time in things that will not ultimately make me happy.
I’ll give you the SparkNotes. I was working in a high-stress, mentally draining job in advertising. While there were some great things about it, there were many more not-so-great things. I was working late nights and weekends, exercising less, sleeping less, eating more, complaining more… been there? Then you know it’s not pretty. Shit hit the fan when I learned my health was seriously in jeopardy, and between you and me, I’m a little pissed it took so long to realize I needed a change.
So as I mentioned, I checked outta there, and haven’t looked back. I started doing things for myself, like eating salad and going to yoga. I decided to move out of Manhattan. I got a puppy for chrissake!
And so while it’s a gradual process, I’m on my way to feeling good again, and the plan is to simplify it down. Figure out what I really need to be happy.
We’re all busy, that’s a reality. But we do get to decide, for the most part, how we spend our time.
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