So this post actually has zero to do with flamingos, but.... ya know. HI. It's been a MINUTE, hasn't it? How the heck it's almost July, I have no idea. Time has flown by this month; I guess that's the perk of starting a new job right in the midst of what appears to be their busy season. I was quite honestly caught off guard at the fact that next week is the Fourth of July. Like WHAT?
Maybe you're not surprised. Maybe time's moving at a normal pace for you. I have basically been operating in a tornado it feels like, but I think (hope) it's slowing down. I love to be busy, but gosh. And I know much of that tornado feeling has just been adapting to this new work (and life) environment and getting into the swing of things. As someone who is very much a creature of habit and lover of routines, it's been an interesting transition, to say the least.
A few things that have helped me not lose my mind and begin to feel more settled:
Finding a routine of workout classes before work. I discovered a Pure Barre studio relatively close to my house which also has early morning classes a couple days a week, and that's been a saving grace. I now know no matter what, I can at least count on having barre class Tuesday and Thursday. I've also been running a couple times a week and recently learned I can in fact make it to the yoga studio I love near my house for my fav sculpt class (also known as the earlier class they currently offer, which is 6:30am). It's sorrrrt of cutting it close, but if I just don't do my hair (today, I went to the office with a wet braid) and eat breakfast either on the go or at work (today was a pretzel bagel with peanut butter and blueberries), then I can in fact successfully incorporate it back into my life. Nama-freakin-ste.
Prepping lunch ingredients on Sunday. Oh boy, talk about a lifesaver for the person who hates packing a lunch! I have started a ritual of roasting a big tray of vegetables on Sunday evening - usually sweet potatoes and cauliflower and something green, like broccoli or zucchini - and then it's ready to be shoved into a tupperware quickly each night. We also usually crockpot some chicken breasts or cook a few on the grill, and then those are easily paired with the veggies, along with avocado and a tortilla on the side. Seriously so good and SO easy.
Paying less attention to my phone. Seriously. I was sweetly notified that I was glued to my cell phone (hello emails and Instagram), so I've been trying to make a conscious effort to unplug when I come home from work. I've always been a huge proponent of work/life balance, so I'm trying to avoid checking emails, unless I know something critical is on the horizon. I also am trying to be mindful of not sinking into a social media black hole at night, and paying attention to those I love who are right in front of me.... like my puppy and boyfriend.
Podcasts on the drive to and from work. Heck YES, podcasts! You know I love them, but for some reason it only recently occurred to me that I could use them as a traffic distraction instead of solely for my dog walks. They make sitting in traffic at 5:45pm much more tolerable.
AND focusing on the good things in life, aka gratitude project for life. That includes being able to see my fav Newport people and spots every couple weeks for my appointments, and enjoying the sunny weather outside. That makes even the most frazzled moments in life feel a bit more enjoyable, ya know?
It's been hard to get myself to look at my computer and want to write after spending all days editing emails and other materials for work, but I love this space so much. It's my creative outlet, so I'll keep popping in every now and then.. hopefully more frequently as life gets more of a groove.
p.s. I recently has a new article published, this time over at Fairygodboss. If you check it out (I hope you will!), let me know what you think!
Tell me - what helps you feel settled when you start a new job/chapter/phase of life?