Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Motivation and Accomplishment

I want to start by saying that I know I have a wonderful life. My husband is truly amazing, I am educated, my friends are great, and we are lucky enough to not have to worry about whether we can pay rent or eat. However, the thing I focus on the most is the one aspect of my life that I dislike... my job. Everyone else seems to love their job.

I tell myself everyday that if disliking my job is my biggest problem, I have a pretty charmed life. I know I could quit if I really wanted to but since our only debt is my student loans, I like feeling that I am helping pay those off as quickly as possible. Plus, the extra money is nice for spending and setting up for the future.

Although my job makes me unhappy I don't really have an idea of what I would like to do. It has really put me in a rut and that horrible mindset of "this is it. This is where you'll be forever." Rather than using it as motivation, I have been looking at it as roadblock. I'm hoping that by writing my feelings down, I will be able to get past the block and work harder to find something I love.

I have always loved to write. I kept a journal from the ages of eight to twenty and used to write short stories that I would pass around the classroom for my friends to read. Even when there is no audience, writing just makes it better. One accomplishment I've had is I was asked to write something for the Alpha Chi Omega national website in February. I had completely forgotten about it and only remembered when I had one of those "I haven't accomplished anything this year" moments.

The point of this post is that I need to stop looking at my job as a roadblock and see it as motivation to get out and do something I enjoy. It's also to tell myself that I shouldn't focus on the one bad aspect of my life because I'm overlooking other wonderful things that have happened to me. Although I may never write professionally, it's good to have a place where I can just write what I feel.

Have you ever felt like you're stuck in a place? How did you move past it? What are the things you tell yourself that motivate you?


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