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Looking Back at my Younger Blogger #ThrowbackThursday

I couldn’t think of anything to write about this evening, so I decided to scroll back in the blog’s archives. That’s when I realized that three years ago, I posted about how to cope with being underemployed and overwhelmed. (First thing first, I love the use of under vs. over in the title.)

“Here’s the deal: It’s ok to feel overwhelmed! After-all, it’s your life and you want it to be amazing. But you can’t let the feeling take control! The time that you spend on over-thinking/worrying/stressing/being-generally-overwhelmed could be better used to push your job search forward.

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed at some (or many) points in your job search. And when you do, try taking a deep breath and remembering that you’re not alone.”

Watching the sunset from the top of Mauna Kea - now that's something worth being overwhelmed about!
Watching the sunset from the top of Mauna Kea – now that’s something worth being overwhelmed about!

What an unusual choice in photo!

I don’t know if I should critique this piece – I was a younger writer and I did indicate that I had been overwhelmed. I had been underemployed for almost a year; but I was trying my hardest not to feel sorry for myself. Unfortunately, I also seem to indicate that you can somehow just will yourself not to feel anxious or overwhelmed… well there’s the oversimplification of a lifetime!

But what I love about my old writing is that I actually try to come up with solutions. I still do that… everything is a list or a story.  My list three years ago reminds me of the little things that I did to try to succeed. It was a variety of different strategies that helped me to stay on track after university.

“You know what helped me to get past being overwhelmed?

  • Writing lists of things to-do and checking them off as I complete them :)
  • Having a friend/family member read through my resume and cover letter
  • Talking to a mentor or advisor and brainstorming ideas
  • Volunteering with organizations that I feel passionate about [or interning, both are worthwhile]
  • Spending some time in nature or participating in activities I love
  • Reading blog posts that inspire me [10 Mistakes Unhappy People Make, First Job Out of College (series), and Resume Bear: Interview Secrets We Should All Know About, just to name a few]
  • Practicing interview questions
  • Blogging, writing, journaling, and brainstorming new ways to get past unemployment”

It’s so weird to see what I’ve encountered over the past few years through my own eyes. Sometimes I even get the chance to learn from my own mistakes. My blog has provided me with so many memories; good and bad. I look forward to many more years of stories to tell.

And remember: “It’s ok to allow yourself to feel overwhelmed from time to time, but don’t let it stand in the way of your success.”

Ugh. Over simplification. I get myself every time!


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