It’s that time of the week again. Time to set those alarms, jump into drive, and start yet another week. If you’re thinking that Sunday should come with a pause button, you’re not alone. How many of you embrace Mondays? And how many of you have already started your countdown to Friday at five? I was always part of the latter group. For me, the Sunday Scaries would kick in around 5 pm on Sunday night, and I would wake up on Monday telling myself I just needed five more minutes of sleep — which would inevitably turn into forty. Those feelings are what prompted me to find my passion, and start a creative outlet (since I was too young to be plotting my retirement).
When I started this blog, I was working full-time in a demanding job. I constantly felt burnt out, but when it came time to write my posts each night I was hit with a sudden burst of energy. It was then that I realized that I should be feeling this spark everyday. I should be excited to wake up…start my day…and get to the office. But I wasn’t.
More and more people today have found some type of side-hustle — whether lucrative or not. It gives them a level of pleasure and satisfaction that they can’t or haven’t found in their 9 – 5. And while it isn’t always easy to come home from work and start working all over again, it can bring you a sense of fulfillment that can keep you going until you are able to turn your passion into a paycheck.
I’m by no means an expert on the subject, but if you have a side-hustle that brings you joy, embrace it. Be easy on yourself, and remember that it is supposed to make you happy, not feel like homework. Have fun with it, and relish the time you devote to it. With any luck, it will make your day job more palatable, and help you find a path that will ultimately make you happy and reward you.
So on this Monday, if you’re one of those people counting down the seconds till Friday, take a breath and tell yourself this too shall pass. And if you’re one of those fortunate few who loves what they do — give yourself a pat on the back, and rock on!
How do you embrace the day?