When we first spoke to Ariana, a Chime member from California, she was on her way to pick up her nephew after ending a 5 year on-and-off relationship. When I asked her how she was doing, she said, “little by little, we’re feeling better.” What a great way to kick off our conversation and set the tone for 2022!
Two years ago, Ariana quit her job due to the pressures of COVID. Feeling unsupported by her company, and isolated due to the pandemic, it was a difficult time to navigate. “I’m not the type of person to be at home all the time… It took the biggest mental toll on me.” Even now, she says that unless she’s required to be at home, she’s out and about, “taking all my friends to anything that’s new, trying new places, and trying new foods.”
“[I’m] taking all my friends to anything that’s new, trying new places, and trying new foods.”
With her old job behind her, 2021 has seen Ariana secure not one, but two new jobs, spend much more time with her son, and experience a massive improvement in her mental health. “There’s been a lot of changes, and I’m starting to realize what I want and what I don’t need in my life right now.” With this change in mindset, she also confessed to a feeling that many of us can relate to. Due to the chaotic nature of the pandemic, she said “I was putting a lot of people before me,” taking care of her young son and dealing with an unfulfilling relationship. With help from her new, supportive coworkers, she told us that she’s “Absolutely happier. Absolutely.”
“I’m just focusing on myself for 2022.”
Of course, this all leads us to thinking about the future, for which Ariana is both cautious about and excited for. “I’m just focusing on myself for 2022. Like, I really just want to focus on my job, and me and [my son], and more of my own mental health,” she tells us, and we think it’s a perfect plan. It’s not easy getting yourself out of a dark place, but Ariana shows us that the first step in our healing journey is changing our mindset.
This Time Next Year — Our Members Take a Look To The Future is written by Chime Team for www.chime.com