They say the first 6 months of a new job are the most difficult, as such, the last three months of my new role have been an emotional roller-coaster. Working longer hours than usual, having to learn something completely new and adapting to a new working culture has been exhausting, mentally and physically. Along the way I felt like I was losing a sense of self, putting aside doing things I love in order to cope with work.
Today, as I sat down to write an article for an up and coming magazine, I realised that the only thing that brings me peace outside of my 8-6 weekly schedule is the perusal of my artistic and social passions.
So here I am at the start of my career learning an important lesson: That the only way to cultivate health and happiness when climbing the corporate ladder is to stay engaged with the things you do for life, rather than the things you do for work.