What if I told you I’m working on a project I’ll never finish?
Well, it’s true.
The ultimate project: SELF-WORK.
You may be asking, what is, “self-work”.
Well, there’s no set-definition (seriously, try Googling it).
Instead, self-work, defined by the way I approach it, is an ongoing, never-ending phenomenon that enables personal and professional growth.
My first exposure to self-work was after I graduated high school.
Later that year, fresh out of a relationship and starting college, I found myself at a crossroad.
The groups I had identified with: volleyball teams, Model United Nations delegations…
the friends I had grown comfortable with…
were now a thing of the past.
At first, adjusting to the changes was difficult.
But then I found myself at peace and more self-aware than I had ever been.
I enrolled in yoga classes, I bought self-help books, heck I even cut my hair and got my nose pierced.
And suddenly, I had an “aha” moment.
I realized that from there on, I had the power to determine what kind of person I wanted to be.
Since then, while my yoga practice has faded but my self-help books remain sturdy on my dresser, I have drawn inspiration from podcast authors, TedTalk hosts, YouTubers, Instagram page owners, and many more while working on the ultimate project.
Self-work is something I value, quite frankly, more than anything.
Working on myself allows me to progress as an individual, a student, a daughter, a sister, a girlfriend, a friend, a coworker, etc.
By prioritizing self-work, I have hope that I will grow kinder to myself, others, and the world around me.