“Time = life; therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life. ~ Alan Lakein
As you become and adult, and even more so when you become a parent, life morphs into a careful game of time management. It’s all about finding the balance between work and play while taking care of your family and yourself. This requires a little bit of give and take.
Last week a Bar Method studio opened up down the street from my work (you may remember that I talked a little about it here). I purchased a 45 day unlimited class pass and I’ve taken 4 classes so far. And guess what? I love LOVE love it! (Crossing off another Dream To Do right now!) If you have the opportunity to try out a Bar Method class, I highly recommend it. They are a little bit spendy, but SO worth it. I swear my bum is already firmer and more “lifted.” 🙂
So, in order to fit some fitness into my life I’ve had to make some sacrifices. I’m taking the classes on my lunch breaks – a time when I normally blog or run errands or tidy up the house. Because of this, our pile of laundry is out of control (but, isn’t it always?) and my blogging and blog reading has fallen behind a little. I’m staying up a little bit later at night and getting less sleep to make up for this. But, I still feel great and know that my body is screaming THANK YOU to me.
Every day I feel like I’m getting closer to mastering the art of time management in my life. It is all about experimenting and finding a balance that works for you and your family. Your schedule doesn’t have to be consistent, it just has to work.
It’s amazing what even just a couple of days away can do for you. On Friday, I took the day off work to enjoy a long weekend getaway to Seattle to celebrate my hubby’s 28th birthday and my nephew’s 3rd. (Of course the PNW blogger meet-up just happened to be taking place in Portland this weekend when I actually could have made it for once if it had been in Seattle! Oh, life!)
Our weekend consisted of a one-night splurge in a fancy downtown hotel, the Cheesecake Factory, overcast Seattle skies, Pike’s Place Market, laughter with old and new friends, happy kiddos, lots of good food and wine, screaming & squeeling 3-year-olds, cake, love, and rest. My little family of four soaked up our time together as if our life depended on it. And it felt SO good.
One night on our little trip I experienced something I haven’t done in a long time. We were at the hotel and I had just gotten the kids to fall asleep. Andy was out with some friends (I urged him to go… at least one of us should be able to go have some fun). I was trapped 25 floors above a bustling city in a quiet, dark room with nothing to do. I didn’t have a book to read and I didn’t want to turn on the TV since Leila is such a light sleeper. So, it was just me and my thoughts. Sure, I could have played on my phone, but for once I didn’t feel like it. I literally laid in the dark on the bed for a good hour just letting my mind drift. What’s funny is that I kept getting waves of guilt – surely I should be doing something! But then I would remind myself that I’m on vacation, that I deserve this time, that there is NOTHING wrong with doing NOTHING every once in a while. And then I fell asleep. A little after 9pm.
Long story short, we had a wonderful time with some much needed relaxation and reconnecting with family and friends. And now a bitter taste is in my mouth from returning to reality. It’s fun to run away every once in a while, even if it’s just for a couple of days. 🙂
What a week! A great week, but a VERY crazy, busy one for me. Since I’ve been pretty much absent from blogland and social media the last few days, it’s time for me to rehash my fabulous Halloween!
1. My work Halloween party with my kiddos. For the past few years my work besties and I have organized a pretty badass Halloween party for all of the kids. This year was no exception. We had games and goodies and it was a blast! Andy had to work and couldn’t make it, so it was a little exhausting for me, but fun.
2. Leila’s first appearance on broadcast TV! If you didn’t know, I work for a local TV station and our party was winding down right as the 5pm news was coming on. So, our awesome weather guy grabbed a group of the kids for a live shot in front of the green screen. Leila was so cute (and clueless) in it!
3. 80’s attire. My favorite gals & I decided to “dress our decade” for Halloween. Turns out we’re all from the 80’s, so 80’s it was! And let me tell you, something about the bright colors and big hair just puts a smile on my face. I mean how could people NOT be happy during that decade?
4. 80’s makeup. I mean, come on. Check out my eye shadow! So much fun. 🙂
5. Living vicariously through my loves. The best thing about Halloween this year was definitely the excitement in my babies’ eyes. Particularly Leila. Last year was her first year of starting to understand the whole Halloween thing and this year she was SO into it! Loved every second of it. My little bumble bee and her monster brother.
And let’s not forget about Trick-or-Treating! Such a blast this year! We went with some friends who also have a 3 year old and a 1 year old, so Leila & Landon each had a buddy. Leila and Mia were SO cute going door to door and loved every second of it. AND, the weather this year was AMAZING! Super warm (for our area) and dry.
I hope you all had a wonderful (& safe) Halloween and an awesome week! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to sleep for about 4 days straight! Oh, if only….
Linking up with Lauren @ From My Grey Desk today!