When John asked me to write my final Friday Flash, I wasn’t quite sure what to write.
I considered putting together a top 20 predictions for the final four episodes of Game of Thrones, or perhaps a persuasive essay on why I think Sansa Stark should take the Iron Throne. I realized that would only resonate with roughly 18% of Friday Flash readers, so I cast that idea aside.
Next, I considered putting together an exhaustive history of Greenville’s hidden gem, the Zorba Lounge. While it’s a favorite for the Complete PR team, it’s also quite bittersweet, as a lunch trip to Zorba usually means we’re saying goodbye to a team member. In all honesty, I was quite afraid of what I might dig up there, so I nixed that idea as well.
I ended up on a topic that’s been heavy on my mind as of late, and I’m sure it can relate with some of you, too.
Let’s talk about hustle culture.
Like a majority of millennials, I’ve run a side hustle for the past few years. I’ve dedicated nearly all of my spare time outside of the office to volunteering, serving on nonprofit boards and trying to better myself professionally.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve used my vacation dates. But even so, I realized I’ve barely given myself a break to catch a breath over the past few years, or to take time to spend on the important things in life, like family and my own well-being.
When I decided to give my notice at Complete PR, I had originally planned to stay for a few more weeks. I technically didn’t have any obligations until the end of May, so I naturally assumed I would work until the very last day I was free.
As I was planning out my dates and preparing when to leave, a little recurring, nagging thought kept coming back to me. The idea that I needed to work as much as I possibly could, as long as I possibly could was long engrained in me, but I couldn’t seem to silence that little voice that kept asking, “what about you?”
I think it’s okay for us to accept that not everything we do has to have a direct return on investment for our careers. It’s good to take time to do things for ourselves, and to not be “on” 24/7. Work/life balance is a good thing, and just because it’s becoming increasingly common to constantly be hustling, doesn’t mean it’s a healthy mindset.
After much internal back and forth, I decided that it was okay to give myself some time to myself, to reflect on the past few years and to prepare myself for what’s ahead.
The past four years at Complete PR have been a real treat. I am so grateful for all that I have learned and for all of the projects that I have had the opportunity to work on.
I’m not great with goodbyes, so I’ll conclude with the same message I used to write to friends in their middle school yearbooks:
Thanks for all the memories! I hope you kick ass this summer.