Thursday, April 5, 2012

E is for Energy & Exhaustion

On the way to work today I was complaining about being so tired all the time.

"But it's not like I go to bed late!" I said. "I just don't understand. I have no energy."

My friend, car-pooling buddy and fellow A-to-Zer Elise set me straight. "Sari, you're the busiest person I know. OF COURSE you're tired. Duh." Maybe she didn't say 'duh'. She's a bit too classy for that. But it was something along those lines.

And my response? "Oh yea." Duh.

In 2010 I was a banker and I wrote and blogged in my spare time. I was miserable. I came home every day feeling completely deflated and I was starting to hate life. BUT it was good for me because it made me really think about what I want out of life, and I realised that was not going to be found in banking.

I wanted to work with books.

Within four months of that discovery I'd moved with my (freakin awesome and supportive) boyfriend from Auckland, New Zealand, to Melbourne, Australia, and enrolled in a post grad course in publishing and editing.

And now? I am ...
   working full-time as a publishing assistant for Pearson,
      studying part-time doing a post-grad diploma in publishing and editing with four assignments to do at the
          doing an internship for Entangled Publishing reading slush and writing MS assessments (usually
            a couple of MSS to read a week, sometimes more, sometimes less),
              doing another internship copyediting short stories for Aurealis (an Australian sci-fi and fantasy
                  aaaand somewhere in between all that finding time to read, write, blog and have a life.

Obviously some of those last few have suffered - lack of blog posts in the last while being exhibit A.

I want to make it clear I'm not having a whinge. I put my hand up for all these things - possibly got a bit overenthusiastic - and I enjoy them. But it could explain why I'm feeling so exhausted all the time.

The good news is, it's Easter! And I've taken all next week off work! Yay! I can't take time off from uni assignments and internships, but at least I'll have more time to get them done, and I like reading slush anyway. It's interesting! And like Heather, the editor I intern for, says, it's like having a bookshop in your inbox. :)

I still haven't figured out what bunnies have to do with Easter,
but this one is cute so I don't care.
Looking forward to feeling energised and more time rich during my holiday.

I you so busy you're feeling drained? How do you manage your time? Do you fit everything in that's important to you, or have you had to make sacrifices?


  1. Enjoy your well deserved break!
    A bookshop in your inbox, how lovely that sounds! :)

  2. I thought bunnies were representative of Easter because they are one of the most procreative/prolific animals.

  3. Great post - thank you for sharing! :)

  4. No wonder you're exhausted! I think you're so brave for going out and following your dreams. That is amazing. I've had to make small changes here and there--changing my work schedule, blogging less. It helps a lot!

  5. I tend to be exhausted a lot and wonder why... And then I remember that I have 4 young children. They practically exist to drain your energy away.

  6. I have had a very low energy level for quite some time now. I have learned to manage it by realizing one thing: listen to your body, Syl! When my body wants to rest, I rest. When my body is energetic, I dance. It is a completely new way of living, but it suits me :)

    Greetings from the A to Z trail,
    Sylvia @ Playful Creative

  7. I totally know what you mean. I've been exhausted for years. And that is not an exaggeration. Anemia is hard. However! The doctor says I'm not anemic anymore, so now I just need to learn to go to bed before midnight when I have to get up before seven. XD

  8. No wonder you're tired! It was so brave to change your life like that, but it sounds like it's turned out to be a fantastic decision!

  9. Loved your entry! It was fun to read as was your blog. In fact, I[m following it! Have a look at mine if you've the time, and thanks.

  10. Wow! I'm exhausted just reading your schedule! I hope you enjoy your week off and have a blessed Easter! Good luck this April!


  11. It's wonderful that you are able to follow your true passion. You must have excellent time management skills to be able to do everything that you're doing.

  12. Happy Easter Eggs!! I'm glad you took my comment on board! :)
    Btw, cutest bunny EVER!!!!!! Hope you have a lovely, relaxing week off. xo

  13. Phew! I'm not surprised you're exhaused! Have a good Easter, Sari :)

    I recently started thinking about the Bible. Not being very religious I kept pushing the thought away. It wouldn't go. So I sat and went with it.
    What came out was the bit about working six days and resting on the seventh. It makes good sense, recharges the batteries and allows a chill-out. I need to take note 'cos I get horribly tired and then can't sleep.

  14. I'm trying, in what is probably the final quarter of my life, to avoid exhausted. But it's hard when you want to accomplish a lot of things. So, hey, go for it. It's better to wear out than rust out. I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge blogs this month.

    1. "better to wear out than rust out"
      Love that, Sharkbytes!

  15. It's so hard to keep up with all the things we have to do. Life is like one big to-do list. I think the best thing we can do is some exercise, some vitamins, some sleep and, every once in a while, some days to do absolutely nothing but read and watch TV.