Today I’m sharing one of my favorite summer work outfits. My office is pretty casual, so something like this is great for looking (and feeling) professional while enjoying summertime. I love this pink blazer because the color (hello duh) and the cut. I think it’s a little bit oversized, but simultaneously slimming. So, when I’m running around at work or around town trying to get everything done, I still look very snappy casual–my favorite!
Speaking of finding the time to get everything done… It’s nearly impossible. Time for planning and updating The Timeless Millennial, time for cleaning, time for goal setting, time for rest after work, time for errands, time for exercise, time for a social life and making new friends, time for fellowship with fellow believers and time for a free calendar is hard to find in 168 hours a week.
I’m busier than I’ve ever been–how I wish I savored and appreciated free time more in college! I’ve also now put more pressure on myself to succeed than ever before. I’m nearly 24 and the clock is ticking! If I’m going to take over the world, I can’t waste any time. If I’m going to live the life that I want, I can’t waste any time. So many dreams! So little time!
I’ve always been impatient and I’ve always had high standards. This combination does not serve me well in this phase of life. The reality is that we aren’t going to always be moving forward–or feeling like we are–every second of every day. As much as I want to be improving and growing my personal, professional and blog life, it’s just not going to happen 24/7.
One side of post-grad life is trying to keep up, but the other side is wanting to accelerate. I think this is part of the criticism of millennials, that we think we deserve to move up or succeed faster than past generations. We are the generation of side hustles and internet celebrities, where overnight success is more common than ever before. I know I long for instant gratification and success, even in things like friendships!
I heard a saying one time that in order to get to the easy road, you have to take the hard road first. The truth is that great things don’t come easily. My greatest friendships were built over time, which is why they are still standing today. This blog is a product of many years writing on my first blog which developed this passion and vision for The Timeless Millennial. My parents are the perfect example of this. They worked so hard for many years on their business and now they are enjoying many fruits of their labor. The hard road turned into the easy road. Unfortunately for this impatient millennial, the hard road takes time that I don’t feel like I have.
Finding the time to dedicate to all the different things in my life I want to give time to is the greatest challenge of this phase of life. I’m a person that really thinks we can have it all. I’m an optimist. In a way, I think I’m doing myself a disservice to not try to do all these things that I want. Life is too short to be afraid or timid or have regrets. God gave us such a beautiful life and wondrous world to explore and conquer! This optimism is part of what wears me out. I’m a dreamer and think that I can do it all. Being well-rounded in my life is really important to me, but, like everyone, I have my strengths and weaknesses. Being well-rounded doesn’t mean killing it in every category. That’s impossible. I think being well-rounded means steady progress at an attainable rate in all areas of life.
I think it goes without saying that lazy beach vacations are not my favorite. I’d much rather go to a new city and explore than lay on the beach. There is little time and much to do and see! Although I’ve been out of college for a year, the pressure to build the life that I want is higher than ever. But, without some goal realignment and a little tough love with myself, having it all isn’t possible. There is work involved that takes time and a long (God willing) life to enjoy it.
Having goals and aspirations are good, but without passion, a plan, self-confidence and optimism, the fear of failure will kill a dream faster than any rejection ever could. To me, failure is many things: stagnancy, being disingenuous and not giving all of myself to a project.
In this phase of life, time is on my side. Eventually, it won’t be. I hope that when time is truly running short, I’ll look back from where I’ve come and be so proud of the life I lived. Hopefully I conquered fears, made great friends and memories and left a legacy that shows God’s love and grace to all. To get to that point takes a lot of work, and I think it’s time we all get to work!
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.