Imagine being a full-time, double-majoring, extracurricularly-active college student working two part-time jobs, owning a small business, and trying to still get 8 hours of sleep at night.
That has been my reality for the better part of 6 months. And, as much fun as it is to hear people ask how I juggle it all, the ugly truth is that it is tragically unsustainable. I have always placed such a value on being dubbed a "hard worker." While this is most likely due to my background in agriculture and my desire to succeed within my livestock projects, the idea that I need to outwork everyone else has seeped into every aspect of my life- and I have been totally overwhelmed as a result.
A piece of advice I received while on a job shadow (ironic, isn't it?) changed my perception and mentality on work-life balance. After talking about all of my passions and how I fulfill them through various jobs and obligations, I was told, "You don't have to fulfill all of your passions and hobbies through jobs."
So far, my desire to be successful and competitive nature has pushed me to fulfill my love of livestock, my passion for photography, and my enjoyment of communications through club officer positions and various jobs. Let me tell you- it is not worth it.
My biggest point of personal growth lately has been taking a step back from all of the superfluous stuff, and I encourage you all to do the same. "The grind" isn't a flex, it's a pain in the butt. It is okay to say "no" when you feel overwhelmed, and you should take time for your hobbies and passions. Take that weekend trip with your gal pals. Go walk your dog. Pick out the things that you enjoy doing and fill your cup. Put your heart and soul into the important stuff- the rest of it can come next.