Why it’s okay to be a Work in Progress

With everything I do, I always make sure I’m trying to become a better version of myself. Focusing on health and fitness, to finding time to have a work/life balance, reading more, and getting more sleep, I’ve always been told in order to advance in life you have to learn to grow. Being an adult, we all have busy lives and sometimes it can be difficult to integrate these lifestyle changes into your routine and that’s why it’s okay to be a work in progress. Do I workout everyday? No. Do I have moments where my diet is filled with processed foods? Yes. 

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This year so far has been extremely busy for me. I’ve had some changes in my work life where I have moved to an important role in the office. Managing my blog has been a full time job in it’s self and while I am happy for my growth, it’s definitely been a lot to handle. In the beginning of the year, I had so many plans to focus on health and fitness, read more, etc. I would say to myself, “better luck next year”. Then I would sit back and realize why do I have to wait until next year to start working on myself? I have had to tell myself, it’s okay to be a work in progress. Here’s how I plan to work on being my BEST self: 

 

1.) Setting Office Hours

Being a blogger, it has built into a business and brand for me. It seems like I have to work 24/7. Working full time, events, school, sometimes I don’t get home until after 10pm. Then I’ll open my laptop to work on my blog until 12 or 1am. When hanging out with friends, I’m either responding to emails or making sure I get the perfect snapshot of my outfit. It’s so important to have a work/life balance!  

2.) Getting More Sleep

Growing up, I hated taking naps. For some reason, I would think I’m missing out on something if I go to sleep in the middle of the day.  I was just talking to my mom about this a few days ago about how I would love to be able to take a nap in the middle of the day to recharge. On the weekends, if I know I do not have a busy schedule, I will make time to give myself a couple of hours to have to relax. When it comes to getting a good nights rest, as a young professional sleep tends to be overlooked. I plan to try to get in the bed by a certain time so I can allow my body to fully recharge. 

 

3.) Meal Prepping and Planning Workouts

“If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail”. This quote means a lot in so many different ways. That past couple of years, I was killing it when it came to eating healthy and working out. I meal prepped on Sunday’s and planned out my workouts. Daily, I make healthy choices when it comes to food. I would get my coffee with almond milk instead of dairy milk or make certain changes with my meals, but I do have moments where I pig out and eat lots of processed foods. My body loves when I eat healthy and exercise. I have more energy, I’m focused, and I don’t have that nasty sluggish feeling. I do plan to create more health and fitness content so stay tuned!

 

While working on myself, I know I will have moments where I’m going to fall down a few times but I will feel better knowing that I tried and once I do succeed, I will be proud of myself for getting back up and trying again! 

No one is perfect and let’s work on being a better version of ourselves!

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10 Comments

  1. May 10, 2018 / 6:29 am

    I love this post and totally agree!! I want to try and work on getting more sleep, even though it sometimes feels like there’s not enough hours in the day!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    • thelifewithnicole
      May 12, 2018 / 1:58 pm

      I know right! So much to get done, so little time!

  2. May 10, 2018 / 11:14 am

    This is a great post. I really like your title, we’re all a constant work in progress. Meal prep is really the only way I stay sane when it’s a busy week!

  3. May 10, 2018 / 12:56 pm

    I agree totally! As long as you are putting yourself as a priority that’s what is important.

  4. May 10, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    I find it hard to find a balance sometimes, especially now working from home. What worked for me is having a consistent (as much as I can) schedule of work/exercise!

    Birdie Shoots

  5. May 10, 2018 / 4:54 pm

    Great goals! I think everyone is a work in progress at all times. No one is perfect! Like you, I try to work out often and eat healthy all the time but sometimes, I just don’t. It happens. That’s okay :]

  6. May 11, 2018 / 6:41 pm

    Establishing office hours has definitely helped me with my time management when it comes to photography and working my 9-5.

  7. May 11, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    I feel you with the struggle and why it is important to keep a balance! Love this post

  8. May 14, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    omg yes to this whole list! I need to get more sleep!

  9. adriana
    May 14, 2018 / 6:23 pm

    I just love this! I so agree that meal prepping can be a huge help too – it always makes a difference in my week! Love your all white look!

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