This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and Life Reimagined. All opinions are my own.
I closed out the end of 2015 more stressed than I have ever been. Well, maybe not more stressed than the year I found out my husband wanted a divorce, but besides that this year was hard. I spent the last few months of 2015 working ALL THE TIME. I was working from 6 am each morning until around 11 pm each night. I did things that I hoped would help. I hired people to work with me, I tried to stay as focused as possible, I got more organized, but I was swamped and unhappy.
I don't know about you, but when I'm stressed I tend to gain weight (thank God for Keto), I am grouchy, and I feel it in my shoulders. My muscles were so tight that a massage wouldn't even help. I hated being that busy and I felt like a failure. It's fascinating that I was finally earning the kind of money I wanted to make from blogging, but I was miserable.
January is usually a slower month in this industry, so I think that's how I kept myself going. I just kept telling myself that I just had to make it until Christmas. Christmas came, and it was wonderful. I was able to breathe for the first time, and I took some much needed time off, but I knew it would all come back soon. I knew that 2016 couldn't be like the end of 2015 was because I can't live like that.
I was given the opportunity to meet with a life coach and join a program from AARP called Life Reimagined®, and you better believe I jumped all over that. I know I need help. I know my life doesn't have to be so busy, chaotic and overwhelming, but I do not know what to do! I need someone who knows what will help me.
Unfortunately, my life coach missed our appointment, but I have still been using the site and plan to meet with a coach later this month.
In my short amount of time working through the programs on the Life Reimagined® site, I have learned so much. I have taken programs for sleeping, working, loving my job, dealing with stress. They have a large variety of programs to address every area of your life. Whatever your New Year's Resolution was this year, I guarantee you they have a program to help you reach your goal (yes, even if it was just about family time).
Since starting this program, I have already begun working towards some of my goals. As a blogger, I spend an insane amount of time online. I am always online even when I'm not "working". My job makes my time on social media feel like wasted time because I spend all day online which leads to lots of guilt. My biggest issue is that I can't separate my life from my job because my job is all about my life. Thankfully these lessons have helped me set strict guidelines for myself.
For example, I want to spend more time with my family. For me, this means when the girls get home I have to shut the computer down and put my phone away. I can no longer allow myself to get sucked into the online world when my family deserves my attention. I will completely disconnect and only check my email once before going to bed and not at the expense of my family. This may seem easy but for me, it is tough. I am so addicted to the internet that I feel like I'm going through withdrawal.
After watching a movie with my children, last night we were talking about the story, and I went to reach for my phone probably five times. I search everything online so as we were talking about the story I wanted to check out some facts, and there is nothing wrong with that but it doesn't end there. I may start looking into the main character or trying to figure out what other movies we have seen a particular actor in and 10 minutes later I'm reading that actors life story and learning about cocoa beans. Seriously, I don't even know how it happens but as someone who devours information the internet is a black hole for me. I could spend days there and never get tired of it.
So I think this new plan has already started changing my life. I never realized that I was addicted to the internet, but I am, and it has to end because it makes me miserable.
I believe all of the lessons I'm learning are going to help me in every area of my life. My workflow has increased, and my family is happier. I think that speaks volumes. Sometimes you just need someone else to come in and show you what you may not be able to see about yourself and your life, and I feel like My Life Reimagined® has done just that!
If you feel like you could use help finding purpose in your day to day life, need help getting healthy, or would just like to relieve some stress I highly recommend Life Reimagined®!