Redefining your purpose with a career break

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Tomorrow officially marks my last day of employment. I have spent the past four a half years with one of the Big 4 consultancies, progressing from a graduate to a Manager over the space of just a few years, and learning more than I thought possible. Despite a great start to my career, I’ve chosen to throw that in to start a ‘career break’. That term is often synonymous with people taking maternity leave, raising a family, or finding themselves unemployed due to factors outside of their control, so why would I forfeit such a great career? Isn’t that a bit crazy?

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Everything has beauty

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Once again I find it’s been a long time since I have blogged. Why, I ask myself? Well, I’ve used he excuse recently that my life is boring, that I have nothing interesting or exciting happening at the moment and so this isn’t worthy of a blog post. Yet where did this come from? Where did this pressure to only post, blog or share our lives only when it is “Instagram worthy” start to appear and is it holding us back from truly enjoying life?

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Does your past define you?

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We all have a choice. All the time. This is something we so often forget, yet is so important to hold on to. It is especially true when we think about our past, or any hardships we have encountered along our journeys. Do we let these control us and define us? Do we let these black clouds linger over us, stalking our every move? Or, do we let them ignite us and fuel us – driving us forward and realising our passions? Continue reading “Does your past define you?”

Stuck I a rut

It has been a very long time since I have written on here. For a while I was blaming that on competition stress – being in prep for a comp can be quite tiring, and so I avoided writing on here during that (using it as an excuse if I’m being really honest). Since then, I’ve noticed I’m almost reluctant to write – finding excuses that I don’t have anything to write about, or am too busy with work. Actually what was really happening is I was getting stuck – it’s taken a while to realise and even longer to admit – I’ve been fed up, feeling stuck and this has meant I haven’t really been quite myself for some time.

We all have these periods – usually following some big achievement or goal – where we just get a bit ‘comfortable’ and lose any momentum. For me, this has really been for a few months. Firstly I achieved the promotion I had been working towards for quite some time, and then I went through competition. Both of these were big goals so having done them and now on the other side, I’m left a little lost. I’ve been carrying on as normal, feeling fine, but actually I haven’t been, and it’s taken people outside of me to comment and make me really take notice.

I have always been someone who loves to have goals; I’m hugely ambitious (sometimes a bit too much), so when I finish these, I can get a little down. This is a pretty normal feeling, and I’m sure one we’ve all had, but when this happens I get frustrated. I settle into my routine and can even begin to withdraw a bit. All of these can escalate; as anyone who has been here knows, once you becomes bit too comfortable and too much in a routine, it can really affect your mental health, leaving you feeling lost and even down and anxious.

I hadn’t really wanted to admit it to myself as we live in a world filled with social media and a pressure to be living a great life, all the time. Well you know what, sometimes this just isn’t the case! Life isn’t Instagram-worthy a lot of the time (in fact most of the time if we’re being honest!).

Luckily I’ve accepted it and am now doing things about it. I’m moving out of London imminently which I am so excited for; whenever I get like this I need a change in my surroundings and I get straight back on track. I’ve set new goals, changed up my training, and am making sure I plan things with friends. Life is about enjoying it. Routines, stress, and even training can mean sometimes we are so focused on getting through it all that we forget to just take a breath and enjoy it.

Not only am I making a change, I’ve also committed myself to writing a lot more on here. I love writing and despite that nagging feeling that I’m ‘not good enough / qualified enough / interesting enough’ to blog, I will continue regardless, even if it’s only for me.

To no longer being stuck in a rut!

Performance over appearence

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Over the past couple of weeks I was obsessed by the Olympics. This is the highlight of my year, and I have been getting up at stupid o’clock to watch swimming finals, screaming at the TV over all the amazing sporting achievements. Watching these athletes at the top of their game is incredibly inspiring and can be hugely influential in getting people into sport. However there has been something that has clouded the action, and has been repeatedly commented on; the media’s representation of female athletes in comparison to the men. Continue reading “Performance over appearence”

When a smile hides tears…

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‘Yes he seems to drink a lot, but he’s always smiling and happy so he can’t be an alcohol’. ‘Yes she seems really thin, but she always eats when I see her, so she can’t have an eating disorder’. ‘Sure, she gets upset from time to time, but so does everyone and she has a laugh with us, so she can’t be depressed’.

Do any of these statements seem familiar? Claiming someone ‘can’t’ be ill or have a mental health condition, as when they’re with you they ‘seem fine’ and don’t show those ‘signs’ of having a mental health problem?

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Its ok to not be ok

6359334533459330341051816909_tumblr_nhml6yauO51rki6evo1_1280The past few days I have not been myself. I have felt down, and just about everything has felt a struggle. At the time, this annoyed me – I was beating myself up over it, frustrated that given all the political events and horrific events happening in the world, I should be here feeling low. Well today, I changed that. I trained, I ran and I thought long and hard, and decided; “you know what? It’s ok to not be ok”. Continue reading “Its ok to not be ok”

Strength in mind, strength in body

SNHF4255-2 (2)‘Strong’ is a word I really have grown to love. Alongside the whole ‘strong not skinny’ movement of the past year or so, ‘strong’ is now a key word in women’s health. Where we once saw stick thin girls grace every magazine, we can now see a collection of strong and healthy women. (Of course, being skinny is by no means bad, and should never, ever be shamed. Just to aim for skinny is, in my opinion, not healthy).

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How to save a life

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Sometimes life can get tough. Things can be going great, and, seemingly from nowhere, the world can feel like it is crashing down around you. The emotions can be overwhelming and finding a way out of this dark place can be very difficult. If your friend or someone you love goes through this, and tells you they are down, what do you do? How can you help?

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