Typically I don’t live by clichés and mottos but lately phrases like “work hard, play hard” and “YOLO” seem very appealing. Why you ask?
Hi, I’m Lauren and I’m a hard worker.
Crowd chimes in “hi Lauren”
Being a hard worker is not a bad thing, it’s actually recommended by 99.9% of employers. The bad part is when you allow work to consume every moment of your life.
Weekly, I find myself stuck between earn money or spend money. You would think forty hours a week is a good enough investment, but when it only takes forty seconds to spend that weeks’s worth of pay then you can tell which side my conscious will choose.
Unfortunately, choosing to work more hours hasn’t gotten me very far lately.
I’m constantly missing priceless moments for a few dollars more. Of course we have bills to pay but what’s the cost of your friends? Hopefully a dollar amount didn’t flash in your mind just now! However there is a price that is worth more than anything…your time.
A few more clichés work here… “There is no time like the present,” or “Time waits for no man.” My point is I have to learn to balance. Your friends and family may be in your life for good but those are relationships that still need nourishment. Finding time to spend with friends even if it’s for a short period of time will make a difference in your daily life. Finding time to rest, relax, and release in turn makes you happy, your friends are happy, and your job is bearable when you are stress free.
What got me to this conclusion was money! Constantly feeling as if I have to save, save, save, I lost sight of what I was saving for. You work hard to ensure a better life for yourself, but if you don’t take the time out to actually spend your savings on enjoying life then that leaves you with nothing but more work. Ever heard the saying “give me flowers while I’m living” or “happy wife, happy life“? I know these phrases may not be the most ideal, but you see my point, right? Learning to balance makes all the difference. Appreciating the things and people you value most is what you work so hard. It’s a never ending cycle: work, play, release stress, repeat!
I don’t recommend going out tonight and breaking the bank, but if you’re anything like me you should actually take that lunch break or take the weekend off and go to dinner with a friend. Don’t buy out the bar! Just buy one drink (or two) so that at the end of the night you can genuinely say “I had a great time” as opposed to staying up counting coins!
I challenge you today to decline that additional shift! Leave your comments below and let me know what you’re going to do differently this week. I’ll be enjoying my weekend by doing a little community service and hitting the pool! https://www.google.com/search?q=working%20girl%20meme&rlz=1CDGOYI_enUS607US607&espv=1&hl=en-US&sboxchip=Images&biw=375&bih=591&tbm=isch&source=lnms&sa=X&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAWoVChMI387K9_raxgIVBBweCh1PZg_O&dpr=2#imgrc=59zjFW6FUCk7ZM%3A