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I Don't Care About Your Hustle Porn

I Don't Care About Your Hustle Porn

I had mentioned before that I used to be the queen of hustle, I worked myself into the ground. I frequently remember posting photos on my social media with captions such as 'sleeping at the office!' or 'Play hard, work harder!' I was proud of these moments and wore this almost like a badge of honour. I was a hustler baby.

This lifestyle soon caught up to me. I was always tired, always feeling on the tipping point of burning out and frankly was unhappy with my life. So I made a change, I invested in me. It was the best investment I ever made. I began doing more passion projects, things that kept me busy but also meant something to me. I became an advisor to the Canadian Dream Summit. I'm helping with a woman in tech event. I'm making a difference.

A few months ago, however, I felt myself going back down that slippery hustler slope. I fell back into the bad habit of staying at work well into the night. I'd be on email ALWAYS and never took some time out for myself — social media fuelled part of this. I'd be scrolling through my accounts before bed (naughty I know), and think I need to work harder, I need to be better so I can do more. All of these people are doing so much with their lives, why can't I be more like them!

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Then a lightbulb went off: it's all a show. I've written before about how social media can cause impostor syndrome. It can make you feel less than and that your life isn't as picture perfect as 'insert influencer here,' but frankly it's all fake. Everyone has their struggles, even that perfect influencer with three kids, a full-time job and who always looks just so. She probably cries in her closet as well. I needed to press pause on these feelings and check in with myself. I deleted a bunch of Instagram accounts because well, I don't care about your hustle porn. I don't care you are 'at the office till 2 am' or 'checkin' in on the weekend' because the truth be told, you probably aren't. If you are, I feel sorry for you.

Now that I've come out on the other side of this, I've begun to limit who I'm following on social media to friends and positive forces in my life. While I respect that we all need to hustle sometimes, we don't need to on all of the time. Everyone has their faults. It's time we embrace them.

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