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Hello, Shrinkers!! I’m sure you’re all saying, “Hey wait, whose name is that in the byline? Does that say MEL again?!” Yep, it sure does. I’m back after taking a bit of a stress-induced hiatus for a few months as one of the Contributing Writers here at The Sisterhood! Didja’ miss me?
Of course, now you may be wondering what I mean by a stress-induced haitus. Well, it’s basically because I was completely overextended with everything I had going on in my life. I had to step back and just take stock with where I was earlier this year. I was working a full time job (plus I’m on call 24/7). I was a full time college student carrying a heavy load in an effort to graduate in December. I was dealing with a major knee injury that resulted in surgery in April to repair a torn meniscus and remove some torn cartilage. Good grief, I’m tired all over again just reading all of that! LOL
Even with taking the hiatus here, I finally had to throw up the white flag. I had to face the reality that I was burning the candle at both ends and it was catching up with me … quickly. I had to admit that I wasn’t really doing anything to the level of excellence that I liked. Everything was just kind of OK because I was simply trying to do too much.
So, what did I do? I really had to step back and take a look at everything I had going on and prioritize my life a bit. Obviously, cutting back on work wasn’t an option given I have this silly need to do things like pay my rent and buy groceries. My knee surgery had already been done, so that was out of the way. The last big ticket item was school. The only December graduation deadlines I had were self-imposed. When I made the decision a couple of years ago to return to school, I set a goal to graduate by December 2012. I finally had to set my over-achiever self to the side and realize there was no harm in taking an extra term and graduating in June 2013 instead. In fact, it would take a LOT of stress off my schedule and would give me time to still actually have a life. Once that was decided, I knew it meant I would have time to come back and write with The Sisterhood again which I’ve really missed! It’s great to be back and I hope you’re all glad I’m back, too.
Do you ever step back and take stock of everything you’re trying to accomplish? Are there any creative things you’ve done to clear up time on your schedule? Please share your thoughts in the comments section because I’d love to hear them!
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