24 January 2015

Do more of what makes you HAPPY

Image courtesy of Daniella at www.dotabouttown.com

So, it's time to come clean.

I thought I'd enter 2015 with a job. And up until Monday, I thought I'd begin February with a job. I've been wrong on both counts.

Silly me! To think things would figure themselves out, and the latter half of last year was just testing and challenging me to become a better, stronger and more financially savvy person before - POOF - landing my dream job in the new year and putting the difficult times of 2014 in a neat little "Screw you" box.

Alas, it seems life has other plans. I just wish I wasn't the last to know.

Instead, I've spent the month temping, and will probably be doing that for the foreseeable future.

Don't get me wrong, it's a POSITIVE THING that I'm working, because it partially funds living in London. I'm grateful. You don't need to tell me that earning a wage is better than no wage at all. BUT (there is always a "but"), it's frustrating. It's frustrating because whilst I'm making teas, answering the phone, transferring calls, taking messages and archiving statements, I'm not really GOING anywhere.

And here's the funny part: as much as I want to be going somewhere... I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE I WANT TO BE GOING. None. Nada. Not. A. Clue.

So whilst I'm frustrated that my temping roles aren't furthering my career, of sorts, the thing that niggles away at me is that I'm unsure of where I want to be. And doing the above isn't helping me on any count, apart from bringing in some money. 

Do you hear that? It's the sound of my head imploding.

Rather than hitting my head against a wall, I've been trying to ease my stress levels by doing more of what makes me happy - hence the title, ta-dah! This, admittedly, has been trashy TV, reading, and throwing myself into this blog to make it a bit more snazzy and appealing. Which I think it is now, no? (note: this is a rhetorical question, and I will cry if you bitch about my new template in the comments).

The good news is, there will be a fair amount happening here - so watch this space! In fact, there's so much occurrin' that I'm planning to trial posting twice weekly until the end of February. Yes, TWICE. Woah, nelly! Okay, so I know that lots of people blog every day, and sometimes multiple times a day, but twice weekly is a big thing for me. So I'm asking you to please humour me.

I figure it could go one of two ways: either it could be GREAT, and I blog twice a week forevermore, or it could get a bit too much, and it turns out that once a week suits me better. I won't make any promises, because I don't want to, a) disappoint my readers and, b) put myself under pressure to post twice a week and if I struggle and decide against it, think of myself as a failure.

The way I plan to structure it is to post this type of post at the weekend: rambling, reflective, questioning the meaning of life (namely, mine). Then the other post will be more experience based around London, mid-week. We'll see how it goes!

Meanwhile, I encourage you all to do more of what makes you happy. I sometimes find in life I discover things that make me UNHAPPY (long bus journeys, being hungry, being bored, partying past 2am, the taste of beer, getting out of bed, the cold...) meaning I'm so busy focusing on those that I forget to embrace and enjoy things that make me happy. This is especially important when the nights are long and the weather is grim, and it seems like it'll never be bright or warm again! 

So this is me, telling YOU, to do that thing, or go to that place, or meet up with that person, who makes you happy. Seize the day, carpe dime, etc. Go forth and be happy.
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13 comments

  1. It is so funny that you posted this post this week because I spent my week doing exactly that! I had some very sad news last week and since then I've just been seeing people and doing shit that makes my soul sing. (That's knitting, for reference.) I hope that a job for you comes along soon and I majorly feel your pain about not knowing where you're going... me all over haha!

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  2. I would say take the title of this post into account when it comes to your blog, Sofie. Do whatever makes you happy. It's important to trial and error and find an schedule that works for you, even if that is no schedule at all. People that like your writing and what you have to say will come anyway to read you, no matter if you post once or twice a week!


    I can relate to the "not having a clue where I'm going". Just don't put pressure on yourself. Keep going, do things you like and keep thinking about it without being overwhelmed (easy to say, I know!). At some point I'm sure you'll find your path. Hope that path comes with a dream job under the arm for you!

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  3. Love the new design Sofie :-) and if it helps, I was exactly the same when I left Uni... it took me about 8 months of doing internships and crying every night at life to work out where I was heading!

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  4. The bright side is that you're gaining "identity capital" in a way through temping, and identifying what it is that you like and don't like. This is crucial for development! This paves to road to happiness, and gets you there faster (ha)! It's great to set new goals for things you enjoy (like blogging). By investing in things that make you happy, you balance life out a bit. I have a feeling that everything will work out so long as you pursue what makes you happy (: xo

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  5. Sofie-Eliza Price24 January 2015 at 17:35

    I'm sorry to hear you had some bad news! Ahh I love that, "stuff that makes my soul sing" - that's beaut :)

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  6. Sofie-Eliza Price24 January 2015 at 17:38

    It will be trial and error, Carla! Haha.

    Thank you - I hope people do continue to read :)

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  7. Sofie-Eliza Price24 January 2015 at 17:39

    Thanks for the reassuring words, Beth! I hope things become clearer in the coming months

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  8. Sofie-Eliza Price24 January 2015 at 17:40

    How awesome does "identity capital" sound? That's brilliant!

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  9. Hahaha you are welcome! ;)

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  10. I love these kinds of posts, always refreshing to hear something about the "real" world, when I say this I mean life so... jobs, money, stress etc.


    I have spent the past 6 months jobless... this was a real financial blow because now I need to rely on my parents (luckily I still live at home) but this also meant I had to put a ban on any kind of spending, I can't remember the last time I bought myself a scarf for heavens sake... and frankly I'm quite obsessed with them!


    I'm happy for you that you are temping, obviously it's a little bit of experience but it sucks that you feel you aren't going anywhere HOWEVER maybe 2015 will be better for both of us, and new opportunities will arise. For instance, I just started my blog this month (I also post once a week) I'm afraid I just don't have enough hours in the day to post more than that, because I'm studying full time at College, as well as scurrying the internet for a job (hopeless case if you ask me).


    Do something different every now and again, and maybe things will seem improved, it's great that you have turned to blogging to make things more interesting I have been enjoying this aspect since I started and it's definitely given me something else to strive for, especially since I'd love to be successful with it. x


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  11. Sofie-Eliza Price25 January 2015 at 22:23

    Hi Rebecca! Ha, if you like reading posts about jobs, stress, money, etc... then you're in the right place! Spending bans are so difficult when previously you've been able to treat yourself to small things - I sometimes find treating myself is an incentive if I've had a bad week but come out alive. Browsing for jobs day in, day out, can be such a chore, especially when you often hear nothing back :( I'm definitely doing a variety of things that are a little out of my comfort zone to keep me sane, don't worry! I hope things improve for you, too.

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  12. I really enjoy these posts, I like to see how we all individually take some time out for ourselves and enjoy the smaller things in life.

    Take every opportunity, everything is a little tip toe in the right direction lovely :) there may be some bumps along the way but they're totally worth the time and commitment. Keep going lovely!

    http://emmahopenewitt.blogspot.co.uk/

    Em xx

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  13. Sofie-Eliza Price7 April 2015 at 22:30

    Thanks Emma! I will, and I appreciate the support

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