New Year, New Everything
I'm not usually a fan of the phrase "new year, new you." This goes to my feelings on resolutions, namely that you don't need a new year, or even a new month, to make a change. Whenever you decide you want to do something new, leave something behind, etc. that's the right time to do it. That said, for me, 2018 has been off to a wild start and pretty much every aspect of my daily life is now different.
Why you ask? I started a new job. In the last few weeks of December, I found out about a job, decided to learn more about the role, and then very quickly found myself in interviews and getting a job offer. I'm not ready to go into the details yet, but my day-job no longer involves social and editorial work which means that not only am I now commuting and working in an office all day, but I am also in a brand-new field; I just had to go for the trifecta.
Change is hard and I am particularly awful at it. To cope, I have always looked to creating routines/schedules for myself so to suddenly have a brand new workweek schedule has thrown me for a loop. Figuring out new workout times, commuting, meeting people after work, etc., not to mention being at an office all day, has been (and still is) an adjustment, but I'm getting there. I keep reminding myself to be patient and kind to myself. It's easy to let doubt creep in and think about what I've given up, ask myself if I made the right decision, and wonder if this will work out, and on and on down the fear spiral. Despite the topsy-turviness I'm still feeling, I really believe taking this step was the right thing to do. It's a field I can grow in and a company I believe in. It also came at a time when I was starting to feel very frustrated with social. As the algorithms change, I've felt like it's become all about playing the game and finding hacks rather than making real connections and creating quality content. Anyone else? As I said, I do still have moments where I question whether or not I did the right thing. Given how my experience with a new job went this past fall, I have trepidations. When these thoughts creep in, I remind myself of people I know and people I admire who have taken big risks and tried things which didn't work out as they'd planned. I don't think any less of them for their paths, so why should I think about myself any differently. I need to be confident in my abilities (because I can do this), know that I am still very much learning, and remember that soon I will be in my rhythm.
How is your 2018 going so far? Any tips for big schedule/life changes?