Isabel’s Millennialogue: Work Hard, Play Hard

Sometimes I feel like giving up. Sometimes I feel like simply coasting through life and taking the easy route. I have to slap myself out of it and remember why I’m doing what I’m doing.

All my life I’ve worked hard. All of elementary and junior high one of my friends and I strived our hardest to get to the top of the class continuously trying to out-do each other***. In high school, I voluntarily enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program with 5 times the amount of workload than the regular curriculum. University was just as much workload with mechanical engineering and entrepreneurship.   At least today I don’t have weekends-full of homework to dread, but I still feel like I’m a glutton for punishment when it comes to taking on tasks and activities at my work and personal life. I don’t know if it’s a rush or high or addiction to get things done, but sometimes it gets too much that I just want to give up. I find myself wondering: Why do I push myself? Why do I work so hard?

My friends and I recently returned from a weekend trip in Las Vegas. It was SO MUCH FUN. Seriously ALL-CAPS FUN. The best vacations are when you don’t have a care in the world and you are completely living in the moment. It was that type of vacation — even though it was a quick one over a long weekend.

I took videos throughout the trip and compiled them into a short montage on the plane ride home. (See the video below or click here.) As I replayed all the memories I suddenly remembered why I work so hard, why I continuously push myself to the max … Because I want to enjoy life to the fullest! Working hard all my life got me to where I am today where I can go on these spontaneous whirlwind vacations and just live. Every time Jett and I return from an amazing vacation we’re extra motivated to work even harder and make it big so we can go on more.

Work hard, play hard. As cliché as it is, it’s true. “Playing hard” can mean whatever you want it to mean. If it means binge-watching Netflix all Sunday because you were able to finish all your chores on Saturday, then relish your reward. If it means going out for a nice meal with some friends to celebrate a promotion, then cherish your celebration.

If you want to enjoy the good things in life, you have to work hard to get there. Sure you may have doubts and feel like giving up sometimes, but don’t! Remember why you’re doing what you’re doing. It’s all worth it in the end. 🙂

❤ Isabel

***Side note, she’s still one of my best friends to date! Shout out to Vanessa!

Note about video: You cannot watch it though a Facebook phone app due to the copyrighted song I used. If you are reading this through Facebook, you must copy and paste the link and view it in your browser (e.g. Safari, Chrome, etc.).

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