…call us what you want (I’ve heard lazy, entitled, the whole gamut) but don’t forget that we are, more than any other generation, the multi-hyphenates. The multi-passioned ones. Our IG bios alone are living proof.
We have the opportunity, sometimes the time and often the resources to pursue our ‘passions’ and being able to provide for our day to day needs. And that comes in the form of, for many of us, multiple jobs, a ‘side-hustle’ or two (or three). Multiple duties that we take on for the love of what we do, or for the loads of bills we have to pay. And that’s not to say that baby-boomers or any other generation don’t experience the same things, and this certainly isn’t a ‘we have it so tough, pity us” cry.
I’ve spoken to three women who have all made it their mission to successfully navigate the pursuit of hobbies and passion-projects while also remaining financially secure and responsible via their full-time jobs. As fulfilling as being able to do both can be, the weight of it all does get to them. Here’s how they make it through:
THEY AREN’T AFRAID TO SAY NO
Ariette is currently a fulltime student (doing her masters) and she successfully maintains her VA business and freelance writing on the side.
In the summer, Ariette works on weddings and events, and also helps out at her local church.
“Sometimes I have stress when I have so much on my plate,” she said.
Supal is a consultant and blogger by day where, she says, both areas don’t really overlap.”I like to say I have two full time jobs, a personal life and a social life.The personal life is obviously taking care of myself and the social life aspect is trying to survive living my life in London and keeping up with friends and hobbies. All of that together can really burn me out. Don’t get me wrong, hanging with friends or doing what I love isn’t something I would classify as too much work, but the responsibilities with it can be a bit daunting when my job spills over.”
Chrisal is a minister at her church and holds a full time corporate job. She is also co-owner of a small advertising/media company, a Talk show host, Actress, Food blogger and Classically trained pianist preparing for a Grade 7 exam (equivalent to a degree).
“On any given week I function in at least 7 of these roles that are all demanding of my time. And mind you, I’m not married yet, nor do I have kids,” she says.
THEY ESTABLISH ROUTINES & HEALTHY HABITS
THEY AREN’T AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP
AND ARGUABLY MOST IMPORTANTLY, THEY TAKE TIME FOR THEMSELVES
Do you find yourself feeling burnt-out lately? Overwhelmed and exhausted by the different hats you wear at once, the different responsibilities that make up your professional life? How do you deal? Never forget though, above all, to step away from time to time and take care of you!