As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been eerily absent from my beloved blog for over a week. Unfortunately, it’s no coincidence that I also started my new job last Monday. Work has been exhausting, and I’ve found myself coming home at night too tired to think about setting up a post for the morning, too tired to cook or bake so as to share a recipe, too tired to attempt any of the dozens of DIY projects I have supplies laying around for, too tired to even read the books in my Nook so as to share reviews with you all. Maybe worst of all, I’ve been too tired to even keep up with your blogs, which I really LOVE to read each day.
It seems as though in just the past week, spring has sprung. The sun stays with us an extra hour (and longer) thanks to a handy little clock adjustment, the temperatures here in NY are steadily in the 60s, the trees have green leaf buds and the daffodils, tulips, and crocuses are out! I’m not the only living creature facing big changes these days.
“Too tired” has gotten me nowhere good. By avoiding doing the things I love most in life and casting them aside in the name of lounging in pajamas from dinner time until bed and eating my feelings while my husband watches the NCAA championships, I’ve only made myself more tired and unhappy. I spent a lot of time resting over the weekend, but also spent time with my family and outside in the sunshine. I feel rejuvenated, and I don’t want this feeling to go away.
I’m determined in the coming weeks to make adjustments to my busy work schedule in attempt to not lose touch with the life I enjoyed so much while unemployed. I know that certain things will be sacrificed (no matter how I try, I won’t be able to take my dog on our daily lunch-time walks anymore), but I can incorporate more enjoyable activities into my life, especially as the days get longer. Being the typical A-type personality that I am, I’ve made myself a list of all the little things I’m going to try to accomplish on a weekly basis from here on out that have absolutely nothing to do with work:
- Start going for a walk or jog with my dog in the evenings, no matter how tired I am, either before or after dinner.
- Try to cook at least 3 nights a week – going out and ordering out are going to make us go broke! Any healthy meal will do, no matter how simple.
- Read for at least 30 minutes before bed any book for pleasure. Turn off all work-related emails or programs, turn off the television as well, and just read.
- Plan out the week’s outfits on Sunday, to save time in the morning.
- Use said “saved time” to actually eat breakfast in the morning, rather than grabbing coffee to drink in the car.
- Attempt to post on this blog at least twice, if not three times during the week. Remind myself that I love blogging, and it’s not to be thought of as another chore or more work that needs to get done. I always feel better after I’ve blogged my little heart out.
- Schedule at least one weeknight dinner with friends and/or with my spouse, to maintain close connections and not lose touch with those that matter most.
- Wake up each day and count my blessings, no matter what I’m going to be facing at the office that day. Remind myself how lucky I am to have employment, and that my job is actually pretty great compared to most.
I’m ready to take on this coming week, and not let my job define who I am and what I accomplish. As they say, “work hard, play hard(er)!”
Oh, and to all my fellow bloggers with other full-time day jobs, I’d love to know your secrets as to finding time for it all! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and a safe St. Patty’s day! xo