Oh, hey friends! Remember me? :)
The past two weeks have flown by, and ended up being busier than I thought they were going to be. My internal alarm clock is finally set to 5:45 a.m., so I’ve been getting up with the sun, tackling my to-do list each day and then falling asleep at 11:30 p.m. or so. Actually, that part hasn’t been so great – the lack of sleep and constant yawning – but the break from writing here was still helpful, so thank you for understanding that I needed it.
Now, even though temperatures in Greater Vancouver have been hovering around 27°C/80°F, and you can see by my pictures that I’ve been outside enjoying it, life hasn’t been all work/play.
In the past two weeks, I:
- saw my doctor once (to get x-ray results – eek!)
- went to 5 treatments
- worked out 11 times (switching it up between going to the gym, walking and hiking)
- started practicing yoga on a daily basis (oh yea, that’s a little workout too!)
- went out for brunch once
- went out for dinner twice (with Krystal and Daisy)
- Skyped with Gail, Preet, Bridget, Jordann and 2 other friends
- had coffee with Lesley-Anne Scorgie
- wrote and submitted 2 freelance posts (or 4 if you include what I wrote for Other Voices)
- had a meeting about another side project
- found my interview with MoneySense on the back page of their June 2014 issue
- did an interview with NerdWallet
- wrote a long list of future blog post topics
- finished reading Pound Foolish by Helaine Olen
- started reading Accidental Creative by Todd Henry
- organized my closet and put together a big bag of items to donate
- booked my next appointment to donate blood (May 30th!)
- planned dates for 5 trips (more on those later)
- worked, of course
- and still had time to relax and watch some guilty pleasures!
Doesn’t sound like much of a break, does it!? Hence that lack of sleep! But, truthfully, the two-week writing break helped me make some pretty big decisions in regards to what I want to do with this blog and my career. And somewhere in there, I swear I almost found what my definition of “balance” looks like.
Anyway, I’m back! My plan going forward is to write every Monday and Friday, and squeeze in a post on Wednesday when I can. There will definitely be a post next Wednesday, because I’m celebrating something BIG that day. Until then, I’m ready for the long weekend to begin!
The low of my two weeks was attempting to run and failing oh, so miserably because of the pain. But at least I tried!? Hmm, I think I’ll stick to walking and hiking for a while longer.
The high of my two weeks was all the calls I had with friends, co-workers and mentors, which resulted in an abundance of career advice. I cannot express how grateful I am for everyone’s time and wisdom.
A blog post I loved was How Much of Your Life Are You Selling Off? by David Cain. “Think about it this way: if you decide to live without your daily Starbucks, not only do your savings grow that much faster, but you need to save less overall, because your retirement fund no longer needs to include a thirty-years’ supply of Starbucks.” I’ve been thinking about my retirement savings plan a lot lately, so this post really stuck with me. Then last week, I tweeted that having coffee with David was one of my new life goals. He replied and said he could make it happen. YES!
The best money I spent was on cards, which I mailed to my mom and grandma for Mother’s Day.
My plans this weekend include going for a hike with Daisy tomorrow, then heading home to Victoria for a week! I can’t wait to see my family, catch up with a few friends, then head up to Tofino later next week.
How were your two weeks? What are you up to this weekend?