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Saturday, August 24, 2013

The End of Vacation Blues

Tomorrow is the last day of summer vacation, and I've been off work since Tuesday at lunch time. I waited until this late in the summer to take some time off since I only started my new job in April.

So now it's Saturday afternoon and I find myself feeling conflicted. I'm wishing I had gotten more stuff done around the house; my office once again needs a good going-through, the fridge needs to be cleaned out, and I need to really think through what groceries we need for the week, especially since Monday means school lunches etc. On the other hand, I want to enjoy these last hours of down time before routine ratchets life up a few notches.

Don't get me wrong; I love the routine that school brings and the next few months are my favorite in all the year.

It's the classic conundrum of life, especially for me as a Mom who works outside the home full time. Wouldn't it be nice if there were a few more hours in the day? Or if a regular work-week was only 4 days?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Seven Quick Takes (or a desperate attempt to start writing again)

  1. My words for this year are: Read, write, move and pray. I am actually doing pretty well with all of those, except for write. I have been out of the habit for so long that I am finding it hard to regain any kind of momentum in this area. And let’s be real: working full-time, managing our home and family life, trying to eat well and exercise take up a lot of time!
  2. Read: I have been reading quite a bit more for the past few months, both for growth and for pleasure. I have developed a better morning routine in the past few weeks, including Bible reading every morning. My Dad recently gifted Troy and I with Kindles and I love mine! I use the YouVersion app on my Kindle, and love that it keeps track of what I read, has eleventy-billion versions, and reading plans. One of the key pieces in re-claiming this habit, for me, was not getting on my computer /the internet first thing in the morning. I would get sucked into a vortex and end up wasting all the time I had planned for other things. 
  3. I have been downloading free Kindle books from Amazon (there are always a bunch out there) as well as borrowing e-books from the library. This way I don’t have to pay for books, and if I don’t enjoy a book I just stop reading with no strings attached. Who has time to read books they don’t enjoy? Not me! 
  4. Move: I NEVER thought I would say this about myself, but I have been going to the gym five days a week. O_o I sometimes don’t recognize myself. What started early in the year with one step forward, two steps back has turned into a healthy routine. Not only do I do cardio every day, I use the weight machines, people. This is epic.
  5. I have been struggling with my weight without much success over the past few years. After finally getting my thyroid levels normalized, I am still overweight. At a recent visit with my doctor, she recommended that I join Weight Watchers. Thankfully there is a group that meets at my job. I’m excited about the progress I hope to see over the next year with Weight Watchers and the gym combined. 
  6. This is the most boring 7 Quick Takes ever. Sorry :)
  7. DoxaSoma: I have been interested in DoxaSoma for several years, but I am FINALLY working it into my morning routine. It’s usually only between 5-15 minutes, but I find it makes a huge difference for me. Not only is it good for my body, it allows me to move into prayer with my whole self, which is incredibly meaningful. I’m looking forward to attending a training later this fall.

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