Happy Monday, loves! This is going to be a tough day. The first Monday after a break is always hard. I went home for Thanksgiving weekend and will be jumping right back into the real world of school and work today. I actually start off with a 6am flight. I’m hoping I won’t have any delays with either of my flights because I am supposed to land at 10am (time change taking me back an hour) and have to be in ballet at 12. The dance school does not like if you miss class – and it’s a hassle to make class up. I will be wearing my leotard underneath my leggings and top on the flight – don’t judge. Everyone keep your fingers crossed that all my flights go well and I get to class on time.
Am I the only one who finds it extra hard to get back into the swing of things after a long break? I can’t be the only one. Don’t get me wrong, I love breaks but they really do mess me up afterward – especially when they are followed by professors cramming in materials for finals. I feel like I’m learning half of what I need for my finals in the next week! Downside of performance classes I guess…
I was actually pretty productive during the break. I relaxed with family for the majority of the time but I did a little bit of work every day. On Saturday, I got a ton done – I finished my thesis edits, wrote two blogs posts (this one included), applied for three jobs, and updated all of the title images for the blog. Tonight, I was going to close the laptop and relax but Clemson is killing South Carolina in the rivalry football game and it is making me frustrated and sad. So, I decided to write this post while I listen to the game. If there are a ton of typos, I’m sorry – multitasking is harder when football is on and I have wine. 🙂 (Update: final score 56-7. Thank God for wine.)
See, I’m already getting distracted. You didn’t need to know that I am watching the game – but it is a fun fact. Any Gamecock fans out there?! GO COCKS!
Back to Motivational Monday. This weekend, I learned something very important –
you have to dare to begin.
As many of you know, I have been working on revamping my resume for the social media/marketing world. It was originally a hodge-podge of retail and church jobs with an emphasis on customer service and performance skills. Since I am self-taught through my experiences with Glitter & Grandeur, making a believable social media/marketing resume has been a process. I finally completed it, with help from campus career services, and sent off my first application over a week ago. I was so excited! And then I realized I needed to apply to more jobs. Let’s be honest, I’m not going to get hired from my first and only application. That rarely happens.
I was so scared to take the plunge – to begin. I would start job searches online and become discouraged by the fancy titles or requirements that I did not have. It is hard to find a job in marketing when you don’t have a marketing degree.
I was too scared to even try for a job because I didn’t have one measly requirement out of the five or more listed. I’d be a great fit and have all of the other requirements but if I didn’t have one, I wouldn’t want to apply.
I needed to dare to begin.
Today, I ripped off the Band-Aid and sent out three applications. I will apply for more this week (once I find them). It is a process but at least I dared to begin.
It is scary to start something new. Several times, I caught myself thinking “I have a Masters in Musical Theatre (almost). Maybe I should just stick with what I know and not try to get into a new career field.” Did I really need to pursue this new passion? I mean, it would be hard! But that is not fair. I can do whatever I want to do. You can too! You just have to dare to begin.
Have I said “Dare to Begin” enough in this post?
Well, here it is again. In case you missed it the first five times – just trying to get my point across.
I hope my story motivated you to start something new this week. If it didn’t maybe that picture did. How beautiful is that lake view?! I cannot wait to come back to South Carolina to look at that again.
Long story short – Make a plan for the week and get started! No matter how big or small your task, dare to begin. You can do it! Just take the plunge. I believe in you.
What do you need to start this week? Will you dare to begin? Comment below!