Dear Newsha,

Your staycation has come and gone.

Now a few short hours away from your back-to-work debut, it’s time to sit back and mentally prepare for what’s coming your way.

You’ve had two full weeks to get your “non-work life” in order. You took a trip, you signed the lease on a new condo, you spent time with your mom, you ran errands, you caught on sleep, you read good books, you decluttered and cleaned your apartment, you filled your photo albums, you got back into the swing of blogging and you reconnected with your inner self.

You challenged yourself to do things you’d never done before and you got clear on who you are and where you want to go. As you jump back into your 9-to-5 life, I want you to remember a few things.

Remember how good it felt to write every single day. Remember how proud you felt after hitting publish, and how fulfilling it was to read comments and get messages of support along the way. Remember the people who reached out and said, “this inspired me,” or “this made me laugh.” Remember how happy that made you feel.

Remember that it didn’t take nearly as long as you thought it would. When you get home from a long day of work and start worrying that there’s not enough time to write, take a deep breath and remember that time you blogged for 10 days straight. I repeat: remember that time you blogged for 10 days straight.

You decided to do something and you did it. That’s all it takes.

Everything you do, or don’t do, is up to you. So make up your mind and stay true to your word. Turn off all distractions, set a timer if you must and just start writing.

And as you write, remember to engage. As Glennon Doyle said, whether you have 10 followers or 10 million followers, it’s an honour to wake up every morning and have the opportunity to shape someone else’s consciousness. Serve those people well.

You said it yourself, Newsha. You’ve got to give support to get support. Don’t use your busy schedule as an excuse to stop reading, commenting, liking and sharing other people’s content. Remember that you’re part of a community and what goes around comes around. So focus outward as much as you focus inward and always, always, always take the time to show others love.

Remember to read.
Remember to rest.
Remember that it’s okay to do a little bit each day.

Get clear on your goals and your vision and have faith in your ability to make all of your dreams come true.

You can do it all, and you will do it all, but you’ll do it in your own time. Please don’t feel panicked or overwhelmed by the weight of all you want to accomplish.

Life isn’t a race, it’s a marathon.

Make a list – check it twice – and focus on one thing at a time. Step by step, little by little, you’ll get there. Wherever ‘There’ may be.

Remember to be present.
Remember to celebrate the small wins.
Remember to be kind to yourself.

And finally, remember to be grateful. Grateful for the break, grateful for the job, grateful for the lessons you’ve learned and will continue to learn on this adventure called life.

One step closer to There,

1 thought on “An open letter to my 9-to-5 self

  1. Love this! I definitely need the reminder to be kind to myself and to always celebrate and search for the small wins. Good luck getting back to the grind!

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