2015 was a difficult year for me … one of the hardest I can ever remember. I hit my lowest point around this time last year. I was working a full-time job I loathed, plus a part-time job for an extra 8-15 hours per week. In addition, I was preparing for the Peace Corps and studying to become a fully licensed social worker in the state of Illinois. My life felt like nothing but one long to-do list every day. Despite my best efforts in taking care of myself (yoga, meditation, seeing friends, etc.), I felt like I was holding onto my sanity by my fingernails.
I was coming to the end of a 14.5-hour workday, and I hit a wall. I went into the bathroom at my part-time job, locked myself in a stall, and rested my forehead against the tile. I was too tired to cry.
When I think of that moment, and I think of all the moments that happened between then and now, I am so grateful to be here.
If you are feeling trapped in your own life, I hope my story offers some encouragement. We all go through rough patches. It’s hard to even imagine another side to them. But there is always another side.