PS Just to add insult to injury, with a small dose of irony… I got bit by a spider last week. (Hah, I get it Universe. I bit off more than I can chew and a spider bites me….) I’ll spare you and not show photos, but it’s gross. I went to the doctor when it was clear that it was getting worse, not better and it turns out that I’m just having a terrible allergic reaction to it. Let’s just say…. thank goodness it’s cold enough for long sleeves. The medicine seems to be helping and I’m hoping it’s 100% soon!
Well… I need to be better about taking my own advice. Remember how, um, just recently I needed to be better about saying no? Yea, I’ve been saying yes still. (Actually, to give myself some credit, I have been saying no more, just not saying it nearly enough.)
Honestly, I don’t know what happened. I blinked and it’s mid-September. Wasn’t it JUST Labor Day?
I bit off more than I can chew and I’m feeling overwhelmed, but it’s really a good thing at the end of the day. I just have to be more strategic and I need to build out my team faster than I thought. The thing is that incredible opportunities have been coming my way. And I just can’t say no to them! Working with my favorite brands, taking my blog to new levels, and building my own personal ventures on the side. It’s been amazing.
I want to be able to celebrate the growth and the opportunities… not find myself stretched way too thin and a ball of stress.
Last week was bad, and yesterday was worse. I may or may not have called my mom begging her to come to NYC just to help out for a day or two. If you’re friends with me on Snapchat (@collegeprepster), you might have seen the snap I sent of the state of my apartment. Boxes. Everywhere. I spent hours going through the boxes, itemizing what I needed to post about, and organizing the rest for content later. I hate having a cluttered apartment (+ pseudo-office), but it’s been a challenge to keep the small space organized with the influx of packages.
I’m at a crossroads where my day-to-day tasks (the emails, blogging, meetings, etc.) have been preventing me from also doing long-term planning for future growth and opportunities.
Part of the problem was that I didn’t have a clear picture of what I needed to do when and what I promised people I would do and what contracts had outstanding to-dos on my end. So I pulled out my laptop, my agenda where I keep track of post dates, a notebook for scratch paper/notes, and another notebook where I keep track of all my contracted work. It took about four hours, but I finally (FINALLY!!!!) got my bearings. With emails and queries coming in left and right, I just have to be vigilant about staying on top of things. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it really makes me miss college when you got a syllabus at the beginning of the semester and knew exactly what was coming around the corner.
^^ Around midnight, ha!
I slept a bit easier… and hit the ground running today.
One major thing that is helpful? Having a solid support system. A mom who will let you cry for twenty minutes just to get it off your chest. A boyfriend who doesn’t think you’re crazy for working until 2am. A best friend who hops on Skype when I need a good listening ear. Another best friend who sends supportive emails, just because. AND YOU TOO. Reading everyone’s comments on my Instagram last night made me feel so good. Thank you!!! I love everyone in my tight little circle and am so appreciative of their and your support. (Plus, they are awesome and I get so much energy just hearing about each of their own lives, dreams, and goals!)
It’s an exciting time and I want to be able to be excited about it. I also never want to wish away the opportunities because I am most certainly grateful.