It’s been a while. What with the Christmas holidays and going back to work, I needed some time to reflect and recover.
Mentally and physically, I feel a lot stronger than a year ago.
I’ve overcome a deep depression in the last year. After subsequently losing my job and losing a good friendship, not finding work and suffering from a complete bore-out while being at home, last September I took things into my own hands and went back to school to get my bachelors degree in Cross Media Management. I won’t lie: it was really tough, balancing student life with having a family. Exams were hard but I passed them with flying colours. And just when I got the confidence to give it my all and go for that degree, I got offered the job I was studying for: online and offline communications. Cross media.
Of course, I had doubts. If I gave up school, would I regret not going for that degree? If I didn’t take the job, would I not regret letting that slip through my fingers when times and money got tough? I chose security. Some people were disappointed I gave up, others told me I made the right decision cos school probably wouldn’t have worked out in the end. But most people supported my decision. In the end, it was MY decision and it felt like the right thing.
Going back to work after 21 months took some getting used to at first, but after a month it feels like I’ve never left. And not having to study at night was a nice change too. School had its ups and downs, just like work will have its ups and downs. But being unemployed was just a constant downer. I honestly don’t understand how people actually voluntarily stay unemployed. I was going crazy.
But now I’m so happy to say I’m finally contributing to society again!
Oh and the physical part? I’ve been working out regularly for a little over a year now at a friend’s fitness studio (@ingrid_pt_hitstudio) and I feel so much stronger. Working out was never my thing, but having a personal trainer to guide me, support me and cheer me on is so nice. I can do things I was never able to do before. Planking, squats, deadlifts, bench press, the works.
Now, if only I could kick that potato chip addiction, I could get my beach body ready in no time.