Six Personal Highlights & Lowlights From The Past Few Months
It is so weird to think that we are actually in August and that we are so close to September! Like where did the time go? It seems to be pasting by so fast. The last time I did one of these was a few months ago and found that, they were fun to write and also very therapeutic. So, I have decided to write this one for this month!
1. My Dad Suffered A Stroke: In my last post about my highlights and lowlights, I had mentioned that I lost my grandmother; who was my father's mother. The day before my dad was to leave to go to her funeral in Ghana, he suffered a massive stroke. To say it has been hard for my dad and our family would be an understatement. It has been a difficult few months for us. My dad had his stroke in April and was in the hospital until late June. And although he is home, his recovery is far from over. There is nothing worse in this world, than seeing your loved ones sick, it is so awful. His stroke has really affected me in more ways than I could have imagined and it has been a struggle dealing with it, but I believe that everything happens for a reason, I just don't know it yet.
2. Struggling With Motivation & Inspiration In Life: I'm not the kind of person that finds it difficult to be motivated or inspired, but the past month, I have struggled hard. The struggle is so real, I want to cry. I started a new job and the change has really affected my blogging and YouTube. I literally can't find the time to do my blog or YouTube, which is weird because I have never had this problem. What's weird is that I have not wanted to do it, like I just can't be bothered to write, film, or edit and that has been so heart breaking for me because I love blogging so much. I have slowly started to get back into it, hence this post, but this time of being unmotivated and uninspired has really shaken me and made me doubt myself which is so scary.
3. Figuring Career Path & Finances: With the above two things, it has hit my finances and career path really hard. The thing is when your family member is sick you need to be there. Not because you have to but because you want to and that cost money. It has been an interesting thing to learn how illness can cause a financial strain, whether it is traveling or just buying what needs to be bought. I also lost a freelance client in all the chaos of life and that has also been a negative hit financially, but the one thing I have learned about money is that it comes and goes, so I have learned to look on the bright side. When it comes to career, starting a new job has been exciting, but even in something exciting and great, life throws us some very surprising challenges that I am currently figuring out. With my lack of motivation, I have struggled massively with my business of blogging. This has really made me think twice about my career and now I really need to get back on the right path for myself and my career.
1. I Left A Toxic Work Environment: In May, I finally left a job that had been killing my soul and self-esteem. I know that sounds a bit dramatic, but if you have ever worked in a place were it was toxic, you know what I mean. I was at this particular job for 2 years and 9 months, and through that time, I had many sleepless nights worrying about going into work, feeling uneasy, and being treated rudely or unfairly. Those 2 years and 9 months taught me a valuable lesson about myself and who I am, but man, was it tough. Looking back, I wish I had the courage to have left, but sometimes, great health benefits, wonderful vacation days, and days off will keep you in a place were it turns out that those benefits are there because you will really need them. With that being said, there were a handful of people and I literally mean like 5 people who were amazing to work with but over all, the major lesson is to leave a place that hurts you and does not serve you! I am a much happier person not being there.
2. New Job: I GOT A NEW JOB!! The best part about leaving a toxic work environment is going to a positive and better work environment! The change in career and job has brought a lot of personal happiness to my life and has also given me a wealth of knowledge that I love. I get to work in an environment that I like and where I get to learn something different everyday. With any job comes its challenges and I am currently working through that. I am so thankful that these challenges don't include the soul killing stuff, lol. More like how can I balance life, new job, and a side hustle.
3. Freelance & Podcasting: So this is quite exciting! I have decided to make my business official and register it within my province and country. (You can check out the services I provide, here! ) Now, the goal is to turn my side hustle into a full time job, which I am learning is very difficult but I have a thing with doing things that are difficult. Another highlight is I'm going to start a podcast! Aaah, I have been listening to podcasts lately and they have really helped me and given me another avenue in which I can extend Bev's Eye View. I know that this blog and my YouTube channel aren't the biggest or most successful but it doesn't mean that there aren't new territories to explore and I honestly think that the next frontier for bloggers and online business owners is podcasting, so I am going to throw my hat into this game and see what comes out of it! I have no idea when it will start, but I am thinking sometime in the fall, late October or November!
What has been the best part of your summer so far and what has been some challenges you have faced? Let me know!
Ps, I have missed posting! So much love for you all!!
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