workspace wednesday: quarter-life crisis

Posted on: Thursday, August 30, 2012

Today was all about getting things done.

Tying up loose ends. Making lists. Organizing and reorganizing. Taking a break for Pinterest. Making goals for the future. Running a few errands. Packing and shipping orders. Staying in the A/C as much as possible. Feeling excited that Fall is just a few weeks away.

Wondering what the heck I am doing with my life.

You know, the usual.

Things are going really well around here, but somehow I am constantly plagued with self-doubt. It seems like the bigger the opportunities, the louder the voice in my head telling me I can’t do it. Do you guys experience this too? I realize this comes with the territory of doing things 100% on my own, but surprisingly, that perspective isn’t exactly reassuring. Without the safety net of an established company or a talented team of employees, it’s all up to me to make things work. And truth be told, that scares me a little bit! (Insert mental dialogue: “what do I know about anything?!” here.)

But I am determined to push through this quarter-life crisis and try new things, even if the voice in my head is telling me to turn back as fast as I can. I mean, where else am I going to find a job that will let me roll in after 11am in my PJ’s and no makeup and allow for plenty of breaks for important endeavors such as pinning or ‘gramming? That’s a tough act to follow, my friends. A tough act.

So it’s back to work (in my PJ’s), I go!

xoxo

  • Amanda Rose

    I feel this too, AM. However, like you said, push through. Make your voice that pushes you to keeping making/doing/growing trump your voice that says ‘you’re poopy’. I struggle with this everyday. <3 <3

  • elizabeth rosemond

    I’m a BIG TIME lurker here and this may be my first (or second) comment, but I wanted to say this: DO IT. GO FOR IT. If this is working for you (especially financially), hang on tight! You already know this, but being able to do something you love, on your terms, is amazing. Years ago, I was a single parent and HAD to work. I honestly hated every minute of it. I sit here now at age 37, married with 2 more kids. I stay at home and run a very small business. I love every second of it. I don’t know if children are part of your life plan, but either way, you will be glad you took this time to establish yourself by yourself. OK, that was a long winded reply (and probably way more info than you needed) – LOL!

    • annmarielovespaper

      Elizabeth! Thank you for commenting and sharing your advice! I love to hear it from someone who had it much harder than me and came out stronger and wiser ultimately. I’m feeling much better already! xoxo

  • Renae

    Totally understand the 1/4 life crisis, and I’m the opposite of you as far as work goes. Working for a huge organization wishing I could find something I enjoyed more. The other side always seems greener. Love your blog and your pics! Wish you the best!

  • Ellie Abney

    You are sooo incredibly talented!! GO FOR IT!!! And when that voice tells you that you can’t, name it and tell it to go away :)

  • katie licht (@katielicht)

    i am completely plagued by this on a regular basis. For the last month I’ve been full of ideas and now that I’m getting to the point of actually making things happen, I’m hitting a wall. But, I think pushing past that is where real success happens. And obviously, you’ve made it happen before, so you have to know that you can do it again. good luck!

  • Tina

    totally totally totally understand what you’re saying here. i go through this quite often and it’s even scarier when there’s a little person depending on you. but you keep going because it’s you passion and all this self doubt is part of the process.



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