I just want to be happy

I have a little thing in life which helps me to make decisions. “Is this what five-year-old Hannah would have wanted?”  If not, it’s probably not right for me.

When I had therapy last year, I learnt to practice self-compassion and gained an understanding of the little girl I used to be, the one that experienced more than any child should, which would then develop into the CPTSD I’m now working with much later. Upon gaining this understanding I developed an interesting relationship with little me and made the decision that my life would be lived for her; she deserves to have a good life, and only I can give it to her. This has resulted in putting this pressure on myself to have the best possible life that I can, and not settling for anything that makes me unhappy. Whilst you might think that this is right – and I go on to everyone everyday about putting wellbeing first – it’s not easy to sustain.

I’ve quit two jobs this year. They made me stressed and unhappy so I gave them up. Now I have nowhere to go, and no idea of where I want to go. Working full time whilst working towards a manuscript deadline for the book you’ve dreamt of writing since forever (five year old Hannah would definitely be happy with this) isn’t easy. Piling more things onto my plate only means that things gradually fall off, so I’ve had to prioritise. The book has to end up being what I want it to be, or I’ll be gutted. This is my dream and it’s happening, so it has to be right.

At the moment it just feels like I can’t adult. People work 9-5 everyday of their lives, earn money and are happy doing so. I’m not. Earning a living, trying to save money to move out, doing something I enjoy, writing a book and maintaining a healthy mindset are all things that seem equally important but they don’t all work together. It seems that to earn a decent amount of money and being able to afford to move out with my partner means doing a job I don’t like, all day, every day. Living for the weekends. Writing a book that you want to be great from 7pm – 11pm or all weekend. But I want to recharge at the weekend. And where does a blog come into all of this? The things that I love to do, can’t make me an income. The things that can make me an income, make me unhappy. How do you make this decision?

Maybe this is just adult life and maybe everyone, everywhere sacrifices their happiness for their career, and that’s just a decision that everybody makes. But I’m not completely convinced. So here I am on the hunt for the perfect compromise – I don’t even want to earn a fortune, just enough to live and be healthy. One day it will all work out and I’ll find the solution in whatever form it takes – maybe I’ll learn that this is just what people do: you choose money or happiness – or maybe I’ll find what works for me. Ultimately, I just want to be happy.



  1. November 3, 2017 / 10:37 am

    I can really relate to this, I changed a LOT of things in my life when I had my first big breakdown and it made a massive difference. Still though, I often find that it’s a juggling act between my happiness/wanting to push myself/other people’s expectations, and just deciding what I’m actually aiming for!

    Liz x

  2. November 3, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    Life can be so hard sometimes, it really can and I totally get where you’re coming from. Even though I’m currently at uni, I don’t even know if its right for me. I want to be earning money, but I want to be earning it by doing something I love but how do I get to there, etc?! I’d always say put what you love first, but it is sad that sometimes that can’t pay the bills or help you to find a place to live with your partner, its such a shame but I hope things work out okay!

    Lucy | Forever September

  3. November 15, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    I relate to this, life really is a struggle sometimes and im still not convinced there is a balance. I’m currently trying to work a 9-5 that I hate whilst searching for something else that will make me happy. All whilst trying to save money to buy my own house that im not 100% convinced I even want as it feels like i will have to give up so much to get it. I love to travel and since saving it feels like everything has had to go on hold and my life has become so dull. If only life came with an instruction manual and a secret look down the path your taking so you can tell if its right without making all the mistakes.!

    So im with you! Let me know if you find it!

    Kylie | http://www.firstforeverything.co.uk

  4. November 16, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    I can really relate to this at the moment. I am currently working a 9-5, but due to the nature of it and the industry it is in, sometimes I don’t stop working until late into the night. Finishing at random times messes up the routine I’m trying to make for my wellbeing, and then I don’t end up going to sleep until very late (or early!). I know what I need to do to look after myself and to be happy, but I’m SO scared to make that jump. I am very admirable of your courage to move on from things when they aren’t right – I think I could do with some of that courage right now! 🙂 xxx

  5. Abi Street
    December 5, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    I can relate to this so much. I constantly put so much pressure on myself to be happy, pile on things to make this happen and I end up unhappier than I was in the first place. I’ve had a pretty rough year and am currently trying to step back and strip myself back and learn to just enjoy everything whilst I can!

    Abi | abistreetx

  6. December 21, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    This is a huge struggle that I have. A “normal” job makes me miserable, but I have to make money, need health benefits, etc. I hate that I live my weeks waiting for the weekend, and half the time the weekend doesn’t live up to that hype and it makes me more depressed. There has to be more to life, and there has to be a balance. We’ll find it, lady! Just have to create lives we love. Easier said than done, but not impossible!

  7. January 20, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    I totally get the struggle. It’s the ultimate paradox of life… in order to live it, we must devote too much time to something we hate?? I’m not entirely convinced either, but the bills have to be paid… Hoping for the best that you can find your perfect compromise xX

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