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Life Updates!

 

Hey all! Happy Tuesday, hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I really can’t believe that Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is right around the corner. I wanted to get a little more personal on the blog today and share with everyone what has been going on in my life lately.

Being a blogger seems so Glamorous and every post on social media is perfectly curated, I think that sometimes people forget that bloggers are everyday people. For some blogging is their side hustle or they do this full time. For us right now it’s just our side hustle and we are so lucky, but also are lucky to have full-time jobs on top of this.

One of the reasons that Hashtags and Handbags came to life was because I wasn’t fulfilled in my 9-5 job. I wasn’t in a creative field and I just felt very stagnant, by creating our brand I was able to come home to something that got my creative juices flowing. After about a year in my role, I started to wonder what do I want to do with my life? Where do I see myself in five years? Am I fulfilled in my role? What am I looking for in my career? While I could answer some of those questions, none of them pointed to the role or Industry that I was in. I didn’t even see myself there for another six months, this is when I started to figure out that I was unhappy. But I made excuses, I loved the people that I worked with and I thought its good paying job and I can stick it out. Well, I stuck it out, but the longer I was there the more anxious and miserable I became. Not just at work, but outside of work. I took out my frustrations on the people that I love and the wear and tear of the job started to affect my health in the last month. I wasn’t sleeping, I didn’t have an appetite, I had zero energy, no motivation to workout and about the last two weeks within this role I was rapidly losing weight. I literally felt sick to my stomach.

I was sitting on the couch with Molly (my roommate) talking to her about everything and she gave me great advice. Her dad tells her “ You don’t know the job you want until you know the jobs you don’t want”. That hit home for me, it couldn’t have been truer, I knew deep down in my heart that this was a job that I didn’t want.

I had taken a long weekend off because I was going to go to Vegas for one of my best friends 30th Birthdays, but I just wasn’t feeling like myself and decided to not go and just stay at home and enjoy some time with my family. When I went back to work on Tuesday I knew that the best decision for me and my health was to part ways. Immediately I felt the weight lift off my shoulders, I didn’t cry and knew that I made the right decision. I miss all the people that I worked with and that’s it! It’s been a little hard knowing that now I don’t have a job or a lead for another job, but I was talking to my mom the other day and she said to me “Ree (That’s what my family calls me) you have great work experience, you have two Bachelor’s Degrees, you will find something amazing!” She’s right! Yes, I am not currently working but here are some things that I am grateful for:

A Family and group of friends who are so supportive.

An amazing boyfriend, who only wants what’s best for me.

A roof over my head.

The food on my table.

Clothes on my back/ The shoes on my feet.

College Degrees/ Professional Experience

I am Young and healthy.

Music, Netflix, Books.

and most of all Hashtags and Handbags – A place where I can express myself, work with one of my best friends and the ability to get my creative juices flowing!

If you are going through something similar no matter how bad you feel right now know it’s just temporary. I know that I have a large purpose in this world, so I am trying to stay focused, consistent, believe in myself and know that I deserve to be happy! This is definitely the most I have opened up on this platform. Thank you for reading and supporting Stacy and me during our blogging journey! If you are currently going through something similar or have in the past share with us below!  

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  1. Andrea wrote:

    Your mom always has the best advice! 🙂

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    • hashtagsandhangsbags wrote:

      You’re right, she does!!

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  2. Courtney wrote:

    That was the exact reason I started my blog too. It’s so hard to not have something creative in my life. I love this post! Such important reminders for bloggers and readers ❤️

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    • hashtagsandhangsbags wrote:

      Thank you so much, Courtney!! Glad you started your blog and have that creative outlet!

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  3. Nancy Herrera wrote:

    Love you Maria everything will work out.
    Aunt Nancy

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    • hashtagsandhangsbags wrote:

      Thank you, Aunt Nancy, Love you too!!

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  4. Elizabeth O wrote:

    First off, you look fabulous in your outfit and I want those boots.
    Next, your roommate’s dad is right and you are blessed with a family support system that will lift you up in hard times. Some folks don’t have that.
    Keep your chin up and I wish you much success on your journey!

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  5. Becca wrote:

    Personal posts are my #1 fav kind to read, and this one spoke to me – I’m definitely not loving my 9-5 at the moment myself. (Also, that outfit is gorg!)

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  6. Congrats!! What a great new adventure you get to have… imagine all the possibilities.

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  7. AmberLynn wrote:

    First of all, I love and need those boots! Second, hi fellow SC sister *waves*. Third, I love your blog and I love the sense of spirit that I felt when reading through your post. Things will work themselves out, and I am continually learning that I will have to try out jobs, learn what I do and don’t want, and move forward, too.
    Eventually, I want to invest more time in my blog and grow it how I want, but I need to make it to graduation in three weeks before I can exert more time and resources. Sorry, I didn’t mean to write a paragraph, but best of luck to you, and I will be subscribing to your blog. 🙂

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  8. Keep your head up and stay determined to live your best life for YOU!

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