"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work."
"I went to school for Journalism" also translates to, "I work multiple jobs now, can you top up my third cup of morning coffee?"
Sadly, sometimes after graduation, you might go through a period of not finding work, or finding work that doesn't exactly pay off your massive student loan you acquired, thinking you'd be getting an amazing job right away.
One of my pet peeves, is when people can't find work in their industry, so they just don't work at all. I'm caught between wishing I had that luxury and rolling my eyes. I'm not sure if it's because I'm the type of person who likes to have some sort of income, and, you know.. eat and pay my bills, or I am just bitter because I have to work.
Since Graduation, I have had multiple jobs and several incomes, some amazing, and some not so great.
I've worked at a discouraging restaurant, a vegan smoothie bar, a kick-ass radio station, a natural wellness retail store, many underpaid weddings + volunteer events. I was a Copywriter and Model for an online Christmas store, and was even an extra for a washed up musician's documentary.
None of these things did I ever dream up or plan, but they helped me get where I am today (and allowed me to pay off some of my debt, too). Bonus!
Though I do have a steady paying salary now, the years of unpredictable freelance work has caused me to still require a weekend job. This means working 8 hours a day, seven days a week.
Here are some of my tips for staying healthy, positive (and sane!), while still managing to work every.single.day.
According to the Mayo Clinic, we should be consuming eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day, and if you're binging on coffee, for every cup of java you need one cup of water to make up for the diuretic effect. If you are avoiding fluoride, like myself, opt for filtered water (never tap water). For a list of bottled water that is fluoride free, check out this list. Keeping hydrated is one of my biggest issues, and its definitely the most vital when working so much.
Don't have the time? Make the time. Walk to the station, go for a hike, stretch in the morning - anything to get your heart racing and your body sweating. It's hard to include exercise in a day that is already jammed back, but you will find adding physical activity will boost your energy level considerably.
Give yourself a mental check in. Is everything okay? Are you too stressed out? Do you have enough time to sit and take a break? Your health is the most important, so before you run yourself into the ground, make sure you can handle the pressure. It's okay to give yourself a mental health day and take a well deserved break.
SCHEDULE, PLAN AND SUCEED
I dont understand how someone could live without an agenda and/or planner. When all of your days are occupied, it's easy to forget important dates, appointments and deadlines. It's also incredibly beneficial to plan out things like a laundry and cleaning schedule. You will thank yourself.
BOOK IMPORTANT DAYS OFF
Don't miss out on family get-togethers, weddings and holidays just because you feel the pressure. If you have an important life event to attend, look into booking a day off. Sometimes, missing a day off work is necessary (and one day wont put you in to debt).
This is a given. Make sure you get a good night's rest every night. If you are messing with your sleep schedule, it will eventually catch up to you and you will crash, in a big way.
PAY + SAVE
Pay off your smallest debts first, and work from there. Always save money from every pay cheque - even if it's just 25 dollars. Your savings will add up eventually, and it will give you motivation to keep working hard. A few years of grinding it out will be worth it when most of your debts are paid off.
GOALS, GOALS, GOALS
Speaking of motivation, the biggest encouragement comes from hitting your goals. Whether it's a certain amount to save, or something specific to save for, if you don't have any goals, you might as well throw in the towel.
Guys, working every single day is tough work. Give yourself some credit. The most important thing is to remind yourself that you wont be doing this forever. Follow these simple tips and it will all be worth it in the end. I'm rooting for you (and me)!