After a long, long break from social media (and pretty much the internet outside uni-related stuff), it feels so strange to be sitting here thinking of how to begin another blog post. Although I’ve written hundreds before, this time feels different. And to be honest, it is different, because I am different now and I want to share some of the things that have changed since I’ve been gone…
I lived in Switzerland on university exchange from August 2015 to February of this year. It was a truly life-changing experience. Without going into the details, I grew up a lot, I became a lot more ethical in my food choices (read more here) and I discovered how wonderful it was to care about much more in life than maintaining a particular body shape or size. With that, I noticed how toxic my social media usage was becoming and how it was negatively affecting my mindset – so I stepped away from it all and have hardly been active on social media for many months now.
With time to work on myself, I fell in love with exercising outdoors instead of being in a gym all the time and I began to work on my fitness purely out of a desire for health rather than maintaining a lean physique. I watched from a distance as friends shared their competition prep journeys and instead of feeling jealous at their figures, I enjoyed watching their progress while hoping they didn’t experience any of the negatives that I once encountered. I realised how silly it was to miss social events and important parts of life for fear of being faced with untracked foods or missing a scheduled workout. I noticed how incredibly limiting the “100% on the grind/constantly eating out of tupperware/check for abs every time I go to the toilet” lifestyle had been on me. I learned how to live, eat and workout normally again. And I loved every minute of it.
Since returning home, I have been focusing on my studies. I will graduate at the end of this year with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Law and I want to make my last semesters count. I have applied for many graduate employment positions, attended numerous interviews and received three offers, surprising myself along the way. With that, I am excited to say that I will next year be working in my dream role at one of Australia’s top financial service providers. Two years ago I would have driven myself crazy, questioning how I could possibly work full time while going to the gym every day; today, I am instead excited for what the future holds. Fitness will always be important to me and be a big part of my life, but it will not be my be-all and end-all.
With all those lessons learned and all those changes under way, I feel as though I am ready to blog again, share my balanced approach to fitness and spread little positivity to the world.
So, hello again, I apologise for the silence and I am really looking forward to this new chapter!
Love Joelle 2.0