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  1. September 13, 2017

    You are so not alone here! I struggle with anxiety too and you nailed the social media point too. Just keep breathing, staying grateful and making changes when you want to. Sometimes it helps when I remind myself that I am in control of my life and my feelings– then it doesn’t feel as scary all the time :)

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  2. September 13, 2017
    Taylor says

    Thank you so much for your honesty. As a former freelancer, I can totally relate to the struggle of not having a structured schedule and the feelings of social isolation. It was tough to pull myself out of that rut, but making the choice to be social (I’m an introvert too) forced me to step outside of my comfort zone. It was good for me! I’ve found that keeping busy is the best thing for me.

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  3. September 13, 2017

    I’ve been struggling with some of the same things recently, and I can definitely relate even as someone who still works that 9-5. I’ve felt the daily anxiety creeping in this week, and for the life of me I can’t even figure out what sparked it. The best thing I can do for myself from my experience is to keep up with the routines that help my brain out (regular exercise, healthy food, etc) and know that no matter how it feels now, this too shall pass.

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  4. September 13, 2017

    Hey Amanda!

    I don’t usually comment on posts, but this one spoke to me. I recently took the plunge into freelancing, which, coming from a 9-5 office job, has been the biggest change! It’s so easy to get stuck inside all day and feel cut off from the world. I’m an introvert as well, but it became tiring after awhile to say the least.

    What I found helpful was joining a coworking space. I live in SF, so I started using the app Croissant (like ClassPass for coworking spaces) to find something that fit for me. It has made all of the difference.

    Anyways, just good to know there are other like-minded bloggers out there going through similar things as me.

    Warmly,
    Sarah

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  5. September 13, 2017
    Girlady says

    I can relate to lot of your points. I’m still an employer, and I feel really stuck in this rigid schedule, the same old tasks, boss always demanding more, papers pilling on my desk…I constantly think about self employment, but not matter how much I try I just can’t figure out how my talents or hobbies or passions could be profitable. Guess it’s part of our nature, you know, never being a 100% satisfied with our current situation.

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  6. September 13, 2017
    Kayla says

    Love this post and can totally relate on so much of what you’re dealing with, especially when it comes to Instagram. I feel like IG is KILLING me, but I also realize how ridiculous it is that I let an app define my worth and my mood.

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  7. September 13, 2017

    Evening,

    I enjoy your posts and we are miles apart in age. Today’s is very real and the points you are anxious about are the sign of success. Ive been in the design field for over 35 years. Solo until just a few years ago when I partnered with a 20 something. You girls have ideas that are fresh, exciting and have the same amounts of joy and fear. It’s all good. If you ever wake up and don’t feel like you do then it’s time to change. No matter what your industry, entrepreneurs are all the same yet few can master the balance like you have. I like be seeing strong women make decisions that are right for them!-Laurel

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  8. September 14, 2017
    Ponnie says

    I so can relate to all these things! I’ve been experiencing anxiety for a few years but early this year was the roughest. I moved to the US and had to adapt by not working as my visa doesn’t allow me to. I felt very useless, not having goals or directions made it worse. It got so bad that it affected my health and wrecked havoc to my cycle. I fell down a few times while running and coming home crying for no reason. I even felt very nervous going to supermarket because I had to meet people. It’s tough.

    I started trying meditation and going to daily gym classes, somehow it gives me motivation to improve my health and calms my mind. I can’t lie that most often than not anxiety creeps up randomly, but the breathing exercise I learn from the yoga class really help.

    Perhaps, trying to set a simple daily goal will help our mind to focus on something else rather than dwelling on our anxiety. But most importantly, acknowledge your feeling and remember that it is normal to feel anxious. It is the first step to recovery :)

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  9. September 14, 2017
    Cristina says

    Absolutely loved this post! I struggle with the majority of those as well and it’s definitely comforting to know there’s others out there with similar experiences.

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  10. September 15, 2017
    Mia says

    That’s incredible that you’ve been blogging for seven years! I definitely think keeping the excitement and passion in blogging is so important. The pressures of social media suck…but I love the points you made about not letting social media and business success define you.

    Mia | http://www.verymuchmia.com

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  11. September 16, 2017

    This was awesome, not many bloggers take the time to be real with what is ACTUALLY going on in their lives. Have you tried meditation? There are quite a few free apps where you can do free 5 minute meditations the first thing when you wake up. I’ve found that doing them before I get sucked into social media is super helpful in putting me in the right mindset for the day.

    Christina | http://www.thecaffeinista.com

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  12. September 16, 2017
    Liz says

    I’m a new subscriber and I’m in awe of how fitting your blog topics are for me right now. It’s so comforting to know I’m not alone in not knowing my passion, not having any hobbies and being an overwhelmed twenty something. I’m so glad I found you! Please keep doing your thing and being honest. I love it!

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  13. September 17, 2017
    samin says

    Hi Amanda. it’s the first time I comment on a post. well, to be honest, as an introvert and perfectionist, I can totally relate to most of what you’re struggling with, specially daily anxiety and having no schedule. maybe it sound funny, but I can’t even make plans for a day in my life, because it’s terrifying to me not to do all that I planed and some tasks remain undone on my list. anyway! I somehow figured out how to take over my anxiety and doing all I have to even without having schedule
    whenever I feel anxious about something, I write it down on whatever I find nearby, on a paper or even on my phone’s memo. it really helped me to reduce my stress and anxiety.
    as I said I don’t have a daily plan or schedule, but I write everything I should do on a paper. I look at the tasks and do whatever I FEEL I want to do. sometimes it changes in what is URGENT to do, but that’s OK ! I don’t push myself to do things in a limited time and I don’t feel bad about the undone things, so I’ll be less anxious.
    sorry for my long comment! I hope I could help

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