Doing It All

By Carly Allen, Regular ContributorDecember 6, 2015


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Like many people, I’ve always wanted to do it all. Life has a lot to offer, and it’s hard to reserve enough time and energy for everything we want to accomplish. It almost seems impossible. We want to get good grades, go to work, be in a relationship, make time for our hobbies, participate in sports, have a social life, stay up to date on our Netflix shows, read, relax, go to the gym, and still wake up early enough to try and contour our faces in the morning. We have this perfect image of what we want our lives to be like, and it can be very difficult to shake!

Realistically, it’s very hard to do all of this, and the stress can really take a toll on our health and happiness. We feel pressure from friends, family members, teachers, and employers, because everyone has different ideas of what our first priority should be. It’s overwhelming to be pulled in so many different directions, and sometimes it gets to be too much.

I am going to tell you something incredibly freeing: You don’t have to do it all.

You are still doing enough, even if you let certain things go. I know it’s easy to feel discouraged when we compare ourselves to those who seem to have it together, but the truth is that nobody has it all figured out. We are all stumbling through life a little bit; that’s what makes it interesting!

You can’t go wrong if you concentrate on what matters the most to you. Don’t let the notions of others influence the things you choose to focus your energy on. I have made an effort to do this over the past few weeks, and it had been a major source of contentment. So take a deep breath, appreciate all that you do, and know that it is enough.

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About Carly

CARLY_ALLEN_writer_bio.jpgCarly has a BS in English Literature from The College at Brockport. She interns at a literacy center in New York State and can often be found under a pile of books and various writing projects. She loves travelling, Netflix, dance parties, and trying new foods. Her pride and joy is a chubby guinea pig named Charlie. You can check out her personal blog at


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