Have you ever felt extremely unproductive before? Well, that has been the story of my life for the past few days! I am so guilty lol. I’ve been binge watching a series on Hulu (Devious Maids)! So much drama…but it’s also extremely addicting! This week, I’ve failed to go to the gym or update my blog as often as I’d planned. Needless to say, I couldn’t help but to realize how easy it is to fall into a comfortable routine, and forget about achieving your dreams.
In the past, I have always dreamed about doing more with my life, but never felt any real sense of urgency when considering the response to this question. I had absolutely no clue how to begin preparing a life for myself, where my overall level of happiness scored close to a 10 on a Likert scale.
Should I go back to school? What should I major in? Where will I find a job? So many questions to consider!
What I am saying is that I don’t want to lose sight on what I’ve promised myself I’d accomplish within these next few years. I do worry that I’ll become sucked into the swift current of life, without giving my all to what I’ve planned for myself. But, I can’t let that happen. I need to remind myself daily what it is that I want out of life.
At this time, I do not have a vision board that I can refer to like I’ve heard others speak about. Now I can honestly say that I understand the importance of creating something to this effect. During these past few days, it was so easy for me to say, “I’ll do it later”, because I did not have anything in place to continuously remind me of my aspirations. I absolutely need this!
I have a really long-winded way of saying don’t give up. Don’t give up on your plans, simply because “something comes up”. It is alright to take a break…but try your best not to lose sight on the bigger picture. Luckily, I have family and friends in my corner who are able to snap me back into reality. But honestly, this is not their responsibility.
I have to want more for myself, and I do. I just need to find ways to encourage me not to lose sight of this!
Here is what I plan to do:
Create a detailed vision board (so I have no questions about what I want my future to look like)
Speak about my goals to others (the more I discuss this, the more I will speak this into existence)
Make a list of small steps that will help me reach my goals (less overwhelming for me to target smaller tasks first)
Listen to the advice I would give to others (not to be so hard on myself…I will make mistakes and have days where I want to give up–>but get back on track asap)
These little gems will help to keep me on the right path. Take a break, go on vacation, binge watch your favorite tv series. We all need days such as these to help us recharge. Just remember that sooner or later you’ll need to get back to what you’ve started.
What do you use to help motivate and remind you to continue pursuing your dreams?
After speaking to those close to me, I believe that we have an idea of how to begin putting an end to this madness (see previous two posts on Woman 2 Women). Think about this…what have women been known for doing to just to mix and mingle with other women? Where can women go where they can be free to meet other like-minded individuals where the focus is not on family? Men have sports that bring them together (not to say that women are excluded from this). But, what can women do together that will help close this gap?
Over the next few weeks, I will reach out to others via this blog, randomly out in the community, as well as friends and family to begin figuring out a solution to this dilemma (yes, it’s that important). I love research, and I am excited to see what I am able to come up with!
So, I’ll be needing the help of all of you! Please comment below on the following questions, so you are able to provide me with some initial feedback before I conduct my interviews.
What is currently available to women where they can go to mingle and network (places, activities to complete together)?
Of these places, what is the primary focus (family/relationship/work oriented, etc.)?
What would you like to see women do together, if there are currently no places that meet your needs/expectations on networking with other women?