As the year winds down, things can feel extra stressful.
There are parties to attend, decorations to put up, gifts to buyâ€¦.and very little time to just be.
Over the last few months, Iâ€™ve been working on transitions in my business and pushing myself way too hard. And, the only person I have to blame is myself. Nobody is pushing me to be bigger and better and nobody is pushing you. Only you have the have the power to give yourself a break.
Over the weekend, I was at an apartment party in New York. Pretty soon, I looked at my phone and it was 3 am. And, you know what? As I looked around a living room crammed with 50 dancing people, not a single person had asked me for my Instagram handle, handed me a business card or pushed what they did on me. There was absolutely 0% networking and 100% fun.
It reminded me of parties I went to 15 years ago â€” there were no â€œsocial media personalitiesâ€ and blogging was just something we did as a hobby. There was zero pressure to act a certain way or get that perfect Instagram-worthy photo-op.
Over the last week, Iâ€™ve been chatting with friends who are burnt out on the way things are being done. They are sick of internet marketing as we know it and tired of playing the game of pre-scheduling perfectly polished updates. Iâ€™m right there, too.
Instead of pretending that I have everything planned out with a list of lofty goals for the new year, Iâ€™d rather be honest with you â€”Â I donâ€™t. Instead of pretending that I know exactly what Iâ€™m doing and scheduling out weeks of posts, Iâ€™d rather write posts like this one in real time, of current thoughts, from me to you.
What Iâ€™m saying is that really, itâ€™s totally okay if you donâ€™t have a plan. Itâ€™s okay if youâ€™re not sure of what you want to do next. And itâ€™s more than okay if youâ€™re exploring and just taking a time out for yourself.
The end of the year is the perfect time to give yourself some space. This is a chance to reflect on how much you did get done (its probably more than you think) and not stress too much about where youâ€™re going next.
Run your own race. Take the pressure off yourself because thatâ€™s when the really good stuff has time to simmer and happen.
For once, give yourself permission to just be in the moment.
Because you know what? It will all be okay.
Photo: Lydia Hudgens.