Why Summer is the Perfect Time for 3-Day Weekends

Why Summer is the Perfect Time for 3-Day Weekends

My three-day weekend is coming to a close and it has been quite the whirlwind of activity with a surprisingly large amount of R&R. On Saturday my husband and I went to a water park. It was a perfect, high 70’s and not humid at all which has been the case a lot lately. We were definitely in a very relaxed state of mind. First thing we did was go to the concession stand and have a pretzel. We took…

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The Lost Week

The Lost Week

I’m so happy! It’s finally Friday and my three day weekend is here. I will be doing a belated birthday celebration at the aquatic center tomorrow followed by dinner with my husband. Sunday I’m off to my husband’s family reunion for some good ol’ catching up with a potluck picnic (I love tasting everyone’s dishes). I’ll get back in the late afternoon and will play my first softball game in over a month. We have had several bye weeks and…

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All the Different Types of Writing in My Life

All the Different Types of Writing in My Life

I have been on a little bit of an article writing hiatus the last two weeks or so due to traveling, and the slower pace has been quite nice. I didn’t realize just how much my self-imposed deadlines were contributing to my overall adrenaline/stress levels being higher. It’s kind of a curious thing how different the psychological effects of various types of writing can be. I didn’t actually realize that on a regular basis I do three or four different…

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Birthday Blues

Birthday Blues

It’s my birthday today and I started it by having an existential crisis. Instead of feeling in a joyful mood after having a fantastic weekend with friends in St. Louis, I woke up feeling quite down. Birthdays are one of those occasions that in my experience are either really excellent or just downright miserable. There is nothing inherently going wrong today, but there also isn’t the sort of celebratory atmosphere that I was truly hoping for. Going from such a…

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Riding the Motivation Wave

Riding the Motivation Wave

There has been a brutal heat wave where I live this whole week and as the temperatures continue to rise, my motivation keeps heading in the opposite direction. It’s been quite frustrating. I really haven’t felt up to par to do much of anything and it’s starting to affect my mood. Oddly enough, I didn’t put two and two together that the heat might be having something to do with it but as I have been spending more time outside…

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Why I’m Considering Having a Bedtime as an Adult

Why I’m Considering Having a Bedtime as an Adult

When my alarm woke me up this morning, I was in such deep sleep that after I hit the button on my phone to turn it off, I fell back asleep with the phone still in my hand for another 10 minutes until there was enough dogs whining to finally rouse me. In my extreme groggy state everything felt 10X harder to do than usual, and I’m just thankful enough of my clothes matched today to not be a complete…

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Welcoming This Week’s Laid Back Vibes

Welcoming This Week’s Laid Back Vibes

It’s been a very relaxing week; I haven’t quite been in the mindset to sit down and write just about anything (until now). I’ve really been relishing slowly easing back into my regular routine, especially with work, after my time off. I did do something on Thursday I haven’t done in quite in a while that is an excellent creativity booster. I stopped on my way into work in one of my favorite coffee shops and ordered myself a white…

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My Mind-Blowing Exercise Epiphany

My Mind-Blowing Exercise Epiphany

I spent the last few days enjoying some much needed time off, spending one-on-one time with my husband on a road trip. Even though I thoroughly enjoyed my mini vacation, I started feeling a bit antsy towards the end when I hadn’t spent any time at all exercising or training for my upcoming 5K, which is now less than a month away. Throw in some decadent meals intermixed with quite a few gas station snacks on our trip and I…

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How Busyness is Ruining Your Vacation (but not the way you think)

How Busyness is Ruining Your Vacation (but not the way you think)

It’s officially the 6th day of my vacation, and I have come to the realization that I simply do not vacation well. I am excellent at planning vacations, booking fun excursions (Brookfield zoo on Saturday, fun!!) and finding just the right souvenir, but when it comes to being on vacation, that’s another story. I am not served well by deviating from my routine too much, especially once I get back home. I always like to leave a day or two…

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Here’s The Piece Missing From Most Self-Help Articles

Here’s The Piece Missing From Most Self-Help Articles

There’s a meme going around the internet of the utter joy someone with social anxiety feels when they learn that whatever plans they had are suddenly canceled. I can completely relate. Last night I attended a birthday dinner for a dear friend’s husband. Even though I would never miss an important occasion for someone I care about, I always feel a sense of relief when the decision is made for me and plans suddenly fall through. Over the years I…

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