So as the weeks go on in this crazy life we’re living, I’ve been finding myself in a cycle of the same thing happening over and over and over. Anyone else feeling the same?
My typical day is wake up, start work, meander to my kitchen for coffee periodically throughout the day until eventually my body decides it needs actual sustenance, chat a bit with my parents, finish work, attend class online and then start my homework. Eat, sleep, repeat. (Wow, that sounded boring just reading, didn’t it?)
So when something came across my screen the other day that would be something new and different, although a little intimidating, I thought to myself, why not give it a try? And I am so glad I did!
I’ll get to what that new thing is shortly, but I wanted to share with you my main reason, besides breaking up the monotony of the day-to-day, for wanting something new.
By this time next week, I will be completely finished with my semester. I spend probably between 25-40 hours a week doing school work for my MBA program. I’m not even exaggerating, it’s truly an intense amount of work. To be fair, the latter end is more now when we have final projects and such due.
But what that means is that by this time next week, I’m going to have an incomprehensible amount of free time. Now while I am unbelievably excited to have my evenings free again and will definitely spend some time catching up on Netflix, I also have to figure out what else to do with all of that free time. And this is where I think many of you can relate.
Many of us are suddenly overwhelmed with free time these days. And though you will find me doing cartwheels in my backyard and singing some song that has the line ‘I’m free!’ in it, come this time next week, I’m actually also a little bit worried.
I think the only thing worse than being super busy, is having nothing to do at all. Not having a purpose.
And while I’m thankful to still have work for the time being, that will still leave me with evenings and weekends free that in the past when school was out, would either be filled with traveling or by catching up with friends. Neither of which are an option now.
So when I came across an opportunity completely new to me, I thought it over for a few days and decided, hey, why not give it a try?
What I decided to join was a virtual retreat called the Wander Women Retreat, hosted by Alexandra Baackes, the well-known travel blogger behind the blog, Alex in Wanderland. I was a little intimidated as I didn’t know what to expect and so many of the women involved have accomplished amazing things in the travel industry, but still I thought to myself, I bet you will actually have a lot of fun.
And do you know what? It’s only day one and I already had an absolute blast!
One of the best parts? I got to meet and talk to new people today! As many of you know from my previous posts, I would first and foremost describe myself as an extrovert with a love of being around people.
So when I left my living room today and said to my parents ‘I’m off to go meet new people!’ I felt an instant spark of joy inside me.
But I think the excitement I felt came not only from looking forward to that one thing, but also from knowing I was going to be doing something new. Something different. I had seen an opportunity and I jumped on it. And it felt really good to do that for myself.
Right now, I guarantee you all deserve to take the time to do something for yourself.
I chose to turn this down time into something productive and exciting. And though the retreat itself will only last 1 week, I knew the timing couldn’t be any better, as it would be the perfect way to kick off all of my new free time with something productive and enjoyable. Hopefully, motivating me to keep finding new and productive ways to fill this time.
So if you’re like me, and have more time than you know what to do with, I encourage you to take that and turn it into an opportunity. Try something different. Go on a new adventure. Find something you can be a part of or find a community of people who enjoy the same things you do and see if there are ways to connect with those people.
No matter what it is, I hope you take this unprecedented (and likely to never happen again in our lifetimes) time to turn free time into opportunities, and make this experience more for yourself than you ever could have imagined.
Until Next Time Searchers.
Check out my blog posts How Moving My Office Has Changed My Whole Quarantine Experience and Stop and Smell the Flowers for other tips on how we can do a little something extra for ourselves during these times!