This month has been quite a challenge. Looking back, I’m so proud of how far I’ve come and how much I’ve grown professionally. So no wonder there have been more challenging situations than usual - I always remind myself that it’s a sign of growth. And what kind of career are we’re talking about without the growth, right darlings? Here is an open story of a freelancer who has finally started treating her work as an agency.
Danced in a street with tens of other strangers, lit a candle for my own happiness in the gorgeous cathedral 1000km away from home, said “I love you” for the first time in a long time, launched one of the biggest work projects in my career, took the first horse riding lesson… This might sound like a set of completely random things I did, but actually, it’s all connected to the topic of the month –life clean-up inside out. It was such a great and inspiring month, so let’s dig into the juicy details!
In the past couple of years, I had a few moments when I would wake up with a hope that this is just an unfortunate nightmare and the next moment it will all be gone. Well, it didn’t go away and sometimes the level of stress I was dealing with felt like an actual pain in my whole body. But this is a story for another time, this time, I would like to bring your attention to something completely opposite. As strange as it sounds, during this time, I also experienced the happiest memories of my life. The kind of memories I hope I will get to tell my kids someday.
HOW IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE?
So this whole paradox of the hardest and happiest periods of my life happening at the very same moment made me thinking… What was it that actually made me happy despite the pain, stress, and challenges I was dealing with? As you can imagine, after experiences like these, you can’t put reverse mode on and simply go back to where you were, it changes you for good. You see things differently, you feel about things differently, oh what the hell, let’s be honest, it seems like you just stepped into completely another person’s shoes. So I thought, this is a perfect moment to do some research on my happiness, as some things might have changed. Which hopefully will help me to make sure that going forward I have plenty of these “happy triggers” in my life, so no struggles would be too hard to handle. It’s not like I have forever to figure this out!