How to Not Overthink a Hard Decision
When it comes to making a big life decision, there are many outside factors you have to consider. With all the pros and cons to weigh, it can feel downright impossible to decide if you should say goodbye to a relationship, quit a dead-end job, or start your own business. Everyone feels stuck at one time or another, and luckily, Lee Brochstein from Intersection M put together an eight-step guide you can use anytime you’re in this kind of bind. Her actionable advice will leave you feeling inspired to move forward in whichever direction you choose.
1. Decide to become unstuck. Taking the first step can be hard. Think long and hard about how you want to move forward and get inspired to meet your new goals. Mentally commit to making a change, whether it’s moving across the country or asking your boss for more responsibilities at work.
2. Make a list. Brochstein suggests using a list to acknowledge why you’re stuck, along with everything that’s keeping you from doing things differently. “On one side of the paper, list why you’re stuck. For instance, if you’re in a bad relationship, why can’t you leave? What’s holding you back?” On the other side, list what’s preventing you from becoming unstuck, and be honest with yourself, like, “I can’t leave because I would feel like a failure.” Brochstein says it’s so much easier to make progress when you can see what’s been holding you back.
3. Create your personal plan. “Once you have your list, take some time to put together a plan that’ll help you set yourself free,” Brochstein advises. “What do you need to do to make a change and feel good about it?” Though the solution might be anything from having a hard conversation to researching new careers, it’s up to you to decide when to put your plan in place.
4. Get out of your head. Sometimes, the easiest solution for becoming unstuck is simply stepping away from your decision for a little bit. Take a walk, sit at the park, or try out the new coffee shop on the corner. A change of scenery can do a lot of good!
5. Ask for help. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help! Brochstein says calling on friends, family, a therapist, or coach can be a total game changer when it comes to an issue that has you feeling stuck. People who care about you will be happy to offer their thoughts, suggestions, and resources to help you figure things out.
6. Stay true to your vision. “Vision boards might seem cliché, but they aren’t at all,” Brochstein says. “You’ll feel inspired to reach your end goal when you regularly see it.” So whether you draw it, write it, or create a collage with your personal goals, place your vision board wherever you can get a good look at it every day. Let it motivate you.
7. Set reachable goals. In order to become unstuck, you need to strive for realistic and reachable goals. “This might be as simple as, ‘ I’m going to have a conversation with my boss about how unhappy I feel’ or ‘I’m going to start looking for apartments in my dream city today.’” You’ll feel great about taking action. Rome wasn’t built in a day, after all.
8. Keep moving forward. You have your vision, made your list, created a plan, and sourced wisdom from the people you admire. Now it’s time to take that first step. Will you feel a rush of emotion? It’s totally possible. You’re about to make a real change! Acknowledge that feeling, and keep moving forward, Brochstein says. “The further you go, the easier it’ll become.” You’ve got this!
Will you use these tips next time you’re feeling stuck? Tweet us @BritandCo and tell us how they helped you.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)