Find Your Outlet

Time passes so quickly, especially the older you get. It’s easy to get caught up in work or family commitments, especially for those who are just starting new families. Today, what I wanted to talk about was how important it is to have an outlet for yourself.

For me, my outlet is this site. It’s therapeutic. I find writing cathartic. It’s difficult to explain why I enjoy it so much, but I just do. I’ve realized that when I’m too caught up in life, being busy with work, friends and general every day stuff, and I don’t have time to write, I get massively cranky.

Whatever your outlet is, it’s important to make time to do it. You need to recharge! For some people, like my boyfriend, his outlet is running. When he doesn’t run, he gets quite grumpy and I have to look for ways to escape his grumpiness. Just kidding! Kidding! But after he runs, he’s super happy. He’s bouncing along, full of smiles and good energy.

The common argument I’m going to get is ‘I don’t have time.’ I think no matter what the situation is, you can always make time. You can always put away at least just 30 minutes in a week. That’s just 30 minutes less of screen time or doing something unproductive, and spending it on yourself!

Think of it as an investment of yourself. When you spend time doing something for you, you’re recharging your creative batteries. When you’re engrossed in doing something you like, when you’re having fun, time flies. You’re a kid again, just doing what you want to do.

So find your outlet! Trust me, you need it! 🙂

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Ann Jie

Loves good conversations and hates small talk. Finds people fascinating and wonders why meanies exist. Loves writing violent, graphic short stories but finds horror movies too scary to watch. Follow me on Instagram @annjieslices or tweet me a slice of YOUR life at @annjieslices!

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