1. What you lose when working too much. Some things aren’t worth money.
This fall, I decided to pick up an additional job. All for very practical reasons. However, I learned what you miss when you are working 50+ hours per week and going to school at the same tome.
Don’t get me wrong, working is great and many work more than I. However, because I was either working or sleeping, I began losing touch with schoolwork, friends, family, and even work.
When I was at work, I didn’t have enough energy to work as hard as I normally do. My grades slipped and I lost interest in interacting with any other humans because I was just that exhausted.
So, since I could afford to live day to day on my new job, I quit the other job and it has been beneficial. I love having a fairly set schedule with nights off to focus on other things that matter.
Now, I have the energy to write my goals down and get focused on the things I need to achieve. Some things aren’t worth having the extra money.
2. Boundaries. Setting them and sticking to them.
Boundaries are something I didn’t even know I struggled with until recently. This year has been rough but it has also been full of growth.
I learned to spot people in my life that aren’t good for me, why I consistently let them in, and how to articulate to myself the reason and type of relationship I need to have with each person.
I learned to set boundaries with people who have the best of intentions such as family so that I can heal and move as a healthy adult.
3. Space can help to and develop a relationship.
That is very true in my case. I received the opportunity to step away from a living situation that was not healthy for me. Doing this has helped me to think more clearly, become more helpful, while maintaing a relationship.
2017 was a rough year but it had its ups, too. What did you all learn this year?