I just accomplished the boldest action to reduce my stress. I do my best to live the healthiest life possible. I have been so focused on my healthy eating and fitness, but what I could not control was the level of stress and lack of sleep from my job.
On a typical day I would get up at 5am, work all day, get home and clean up, pack breakfast/lunch for the next day, head to the gym at 7pm and then come back all wired with energy. I would stay up and eat dinner late around 9pm and clean up the house a bit. My normal bedtime would be 11pm and then wake up and do it all over again. My weekends were so busy with errands, cleaning and food prep that I could not see my family often. I was spending time with my husband but not relaxing quality time. In the midst of stressful long days, I lost who I was. My personality was changing and my relationships were being impacted as well. I did what I had to in order to make a great life for us. However, we reached a point where as long as we maintained a budget and skip fancy vacations, we could have a better life balance. We could actually have free evenings and weekends together and see family/friends. So I left the workforce after 12 years in search of a new life.
Am I nervous or scared to start a new life? Absolutely not. I was more scared to stay in the routine that I was in. I think that was the main driving force in making such a bold decision. I was not nervous to leave.
There is beauty in the undiscovered, the journey that lies ahead. The adventure of it all! The bravest thing I ever did was not to try something new, but to have the courage to leave behind the comfort and security of the past. Even if I was unhappy, I knew it was my routine, my safety. Now I live not basing my accomplishments on performance reviews and promotions but on how happy I am….definitely a new concept for me!
I am blessed to have this opportunity to find my passion, try new hobbies and volunteer again. A former co-worker told me the perfect quote “What you can do, or dream, you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” It feels like a very magical time for me. I already have been sleeping better, boxing more and trying out new recipes. I have the house more in order and I find calm in having things organized. I am excited for the days ahead!