Sequins and Sea Breezes: The Positivity Project

The Positivity Project

3/04/2015

 
Lately I've been feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and truthfully slightly down on myself. I had been at my previous job for years and had fallen into a routine that I was comfortable with and that was easy for me so starting a new job has left me feeling a bit lost on a schedule. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my new job. It's everything my previous job wasn't; stable, profitable, organized and so much more but it's tough figuring out a new schedule that works for me. Previously I was able to go to the gym at lunch, which freed up my evenings, I usually got up at 6:15 am but didn't have to be to work until 8 am and it was only a 20 minute drive so that left me with plenty of blogging and relaxing time in the morning, not to mention I wasn't always busy at work so I was able to get some blogging stuff done during the day. Now I get up at 5:30 am, leave my house by 6:30 am for my almost hour commute in, I spend my days busy doing awesome stuff before I begin my hour commute home (evening traffic is always busier). Some days I'll make it to the gym and some days I'm just too tired and skip it. But all of this has left me feeling in need of some positivity in my life so I figured no better time to join Amanda on this than now!
 
 
 
Wow, I realize now what a rant that was so I apologize and I'll try to keep the rest of this post less wordy. I just felt the need to back fill why I've been feeling the way I have lately so let's get on with it, shall we?
 
1. Tell me something you love about yourself
I love how motivated and determined I am. There have been numerous times where I've wanted to give up on something but I'm not a quitter so I always find a way to keep going. I'll admit, there have been times where I probably should have quit on something but I like seeing something through from start to finish.If we're talking physical.... I hear my legs are pretty nice!
 
 
 
2. Tell me what you want to work on
 Finding more "me" time and being more organized again. I'm an extremely OCD person so when I don't have control over certain things (not everything, just some things) or when things don't go the way I want them to I have a tendency to freak out a bit. Being that I'm somewhat of a gym rat, not being able to get to the gym when I want has had me struggling with my body image and feeling comfortable with myself. I need to work on getting a schedule figured out so I can be more organized and more forgiving to myself when I miss a few days at the gym.
 
 
3. Give someone a compliment and mean it
This is a tough one. Not because I can't find anything nice to say about any one but because I'm having a hard time finding just one person to say something about. I have met so many amazing women through blogging and so many of you have been such amazing cheerleaders to me when I've been feeling down or going through something and so many of you inspire me to do things differently, to step outside my comfort zone and I love you all for those things. However for this, I'm going to go with the gorgeous Kristen.


Kristen, you are such an amazing person and you are so brave and honest. Even though we've never met in person I always feel like I can talk to you and you always have great advice. 

4.  Tell me something that you are proud of, succeeded in or are just generally pumped about
My new job, for sure. It might be overwhelming trying to figure out a schedule but I absolutely love the work I'm doing now, I love the company I work for and the people are great. I was pretty unhappy at my last job and it carried over into my personal life occasionally. It's really nice to be proud of what I'm doing now and to go home at the end of the day exhausted but happy with everything I accomplished during the day. 

 

 
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32 comments

  1. This is such a great project! I'm trying to focus on being positive as well. I'm sure you will get back into a routine that works for you soon. If it helps, I think you are balancing everything beautifully.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  2. I love this project and I think it's perfect during those times that you need a little positivity push! I hope it gets easier for you to find a new routine that works for you--I'm a creature of habit and being off of my routine really throws me off sometimes too so I totally get it.

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  3. I'm so proud of you and everything that you've accomplished!! I know that it's so hard to start a new job and get into a new routine, but you'll find your stride and then this will be just a little blip in the year!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  4. I am always struggling to find balance as well, but I'm glad you really like your new job and I just love Kristen! The Steve Jobs quote is perfect. I working on that one still. xo

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  5. Over thinking is the worst!! I am so happy that this new job is working out so well for you!!

    pinkandnavystripes.com

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  6. I am loving all these posts! I'm sorry you're feeling so overwhelmed, just know that you've got this gurlie and everything is falling into place for the better. Sometimes it takes a little time to fall into a new groove, but you will I promise ;-)

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  7. Yeah!!!!!!!!!!! You have no idea how happy I am to see you doing this post!!! Especially when you were stressed you turned to this one which just warms my little soul ;-)

    You do have fantastic legs!!! I think I need to record a little thigh workout and send it to you everyday that way you could do it at your office. Ohhhhh maybe you, me and B could that together! *wheels turning*

    You are amazing!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo

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  8. Such a great post!!!! I think everyone struggles a lot with blogging and jobs and personal lives and it's nice to see you being so honest about it!

    Abby
    www.champagneplans.com

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  9. hang in there with the job! you'll find a new schedule that works for you. even if it's doing your big workouts on the weekends. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  10. i'm so proud of you love. we're kinda in the same boat with these new jobs and i can relate to a bunch of this! i was just saying how friggen tired i am and how i have no time to fit some stuff in. but you're doing a great job and just think about how much better this year is compared to last year. so many good things happening because you're a beautiful person! good things come to good people. lots of love xox

    cheshirekatblog.com

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  11. Bahahaha! Girl! You DO have incredible legs!
    Love this post!! You are so amazing! Give yourself time to adjust... you just made a major life change starting this job and it will take months to adjust and figure out your new routine! Give yourself some grace ;) I promise you'll adjust!!
    (Now just remember to give me this same exact advice in a few months when I am begging for my new normal routine, and frustrated that I don't have it all together within a couple of weeks, ha!)

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  12. Hooray, I love these posts! Girl, you have so much to be proud of - I bet you're killing it at your new job, and I'm sure a schedule/routine will fall into place for you. Sometimes it just takes a while. You definitely are very determined and driven, and I admire that about you!

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  13. Love this!! It makes me so happy that you are loving your new job and I agree everything you said about Kristen! She's pretty awesome!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  14. GIRL, this is the perfect post for you right now! Sometimes when we get overwhelmed looking at the positives in our lives helps us realize it's one day at a time and the solution will present itself. I totally can understand the gym them. When I can't go during lunch it frustrates me to no end. Maybe look into some workouts you can do at home? There are tons of free ones online and I recommend Turbo Fire from Beachbody if you want to buy something.

    I agree, Kristen is pretty awesome! Have a fabulous day, lady!

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  15. This is so great to read!! I did this a few weeks back and it felt so liberating! Over thinking is seriously one of my biggest problems, but helping us realize this will help with the problem! I'm glad you found a job you love and hope the schedule works out for ya in the long run!

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  16. This project is such a great idea! Sometimes I have to step back and look at all the blessings in my life since the down times can overshadow all of that. So glad you're loving your new job!

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  17. I soooo hear you. That's my excuse for my multi-month break! Whoops!

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  18. Ugh I am working on the OCD more time for myself thing too...

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  19. i'm such an overanalyzer and try to control the world. i need to work on that too. great post lovely!

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  20. Love this -- I have a new schedule because I've taken on new responsibility at work, and blogging, which is what I loveee doing, has taken a backseat, and I hate that. Definitely needed this dose of positivity! Love!
    xo Southern Style

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  21. Great post girl! You sound a lot like me, determined and controlling, but in a good way like type A personality. Sometimes it is a curse too, but it usually means we get shit done! I'm so happy for you that you are loving your new job! I'm sure you'll find some balance soon, its definitely an adjustment but good for you for making a change and doing something you really love!

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  22. You definitely needed this post and I hope you reflect on it daily! We have very similar personalities so I am sitting here nodding my head at what you are saying about your schedule. It can be really frustrating, but you just have to take time for yourself and teach yourself not to be guilty over it. Xoxoxoxo

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  23. awww I about teared up!!! You are so unbelievably sweet, seriously, gave me the warm and fuzzies <3 right back at you girl!

    I am transitioning into a new role right now and already I am so much busier and don't have the time to blog during the day like I used to.. and I mean I shouldn't anyway because I'm paid to work, not blog, haha but it has left me feeling a little overwhelmed, when really I just need to adjust my expectations.

    I'm sure you have thought of everything, but have you looked for a gym close to work? Maybe a planet fitness because they are cheap? My commute isn't long, 20 minutes, but when I lived in Sydney, I felt so frazzled all the time and not finding any 'me' time because I would get up at 530 to be at the gym by 6, I had to stop working out by 630 so I could shower and be on the road by 7am so I could get to work by 830... um, wtf? lol. So, I found a gym closer to work - I would get up at 6am, get to the gym just before 630, workout for an hour and some change, shower, and be at work 10 minutes later. It made the world of difference! Of course, then I would be lazy and not want to drive out near work on the weekends but you win some, you lose some. Also, my commute was mainly traffic so it was a matter of beating the traffic, rather than the distance. Anyway, you have probably thought about that or whatever but I just wanted to suggest it!

    Thank you again for your lovely words, seriously made my day.. ok, it made my week. I think we are all too hard on ourselves, expecting so much out of ourselves until we just can't handle it anymore! I hope you are kinder to yourself and find some me time soon :)

    And yes, your legs are KILLER fabulous. In a non creepy way ;)

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  24. I always see you talk about taking the SunRail and I don't know how you do that commute! But if you love what you do, I assume the commute is a small price to pay! :)

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  25. This sounds like a great project! I really love the concept!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  26. Deep breaths, you got this girl! Finding a balance isn't always easy but it's always necessary. I love all of the things you said about yourself!

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  27. I love this positivity chain! Hang in there with the new job and I'm sure you'll be in a routine in no time!

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  28. Finding a new routine is so hard, especially when you are limited in time. I'm so OCD and a control freak and feel the same way about the gym. It's hard to have things out of your control, but you are determined and driven and will figure it out! You got this girl!

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  29. Love the quote from Steve Jobs... Even though the new schedule is probably hard to adjust to, you have so much to be thankful for! Hope you get to find your balance and make it all work for you. I struggle with the same life/work/blogging balance and sometimes it's best to take a break and reevaluate. Stay strong, positive, and beautiful as you are!

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  30. So love reading all of these positivity porjects and so happy you wrote this when you were feeling down. You soon will find a schedule and everything else will fall into place :)

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  31. I can't even imagine starting a new job and having so many changes to your routine and still completely rocking your blog-- which you are doing! You always have such amazing and inspiring posts and I seriously wish you could be my personal shopper!

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  32. Kristen really is a sweet girl! Love her! I need to do one of these as well, I too feel overwhelmed these days!

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