I’ve been trying to take advantage of this time being off work. I know that it won’t last forever, and while I honestly do not have plans to go back to work full-time, going back to work even a couple days a week is such a big difference. It’s a big difference in how you have to use time management, in communicating with your spouse, in play-time, in working on passion projects, in parenting, in self-care time, in everything. It’s amazing how much your perspective on the time you have each day and what you want to do/fit in changes when you know your some of your days will be completely taken up by a job versus when it’s just your time. And I mean I’m a mom, so it’s not completely “my time”, but I don’t have to do anything all day, and while I’m constantly plagued by the thoughts of things I should be doing to work on my passion projects, I’m trying to not let them overtake me and make me guilty. I work on them, but I also try to just sit (or run & play) and enjoy the moments with my little guy while it’s just me and him.
Another way I’ve been taking advantage of not working is trips back to Ohio to spend with family. My middle sister used to live on the East Coast (actually we lived together for just about a year and a half), but now she’s hopped over the pond and I miss her and getting to be around family even more. I’ve been balancing being here in MD taking in the moments as a family of three, but also spending longer weekends/weeks back in Ohio.
-Helping Grammie shop--Cousin play-time-
-Hanging out before bedtime checking out all his cousins fun new toys-
This past weekend we made the trek back to Ohio for a very short, but very fun weekend spending some time with Dustin’s family and then friends from college watching and celebrating an amazing Buckeyes win. Little guy got to spend they day with Dustin’s parents and we got some grownup time with old friends, win-win! We don’t get to get together often, but every time we do I just can’t believe how lucky we are to have such a great group of friends.
It was so funny being back on campus and seeing all the changes (but still some old haunts still there) and reminiscing with them, but also feeling so old compared to all the younger undergrads stumbling around. Also, trying to fit through a very crowded bar with an almost 7 months pregnant belly – not the easiest, I kept having to apologize for bumping in to people (mostly with my belly) because no matter which way I turned I couldn’t “get smaller” to squeeze between them. It was funny and semi-embarrassing all at the same time. We had talked about going home for the game several weeks ago, but it wasn’t decided until pretty much last week, so it was semi-impromptu, but I’m so glad we did. It was huge game, one where we were the team that got upset last year, so getting to watch it down in Columbus, even not being at the stadium was phenomenal. We got super lucky and were able to stake out and get the end section of World of Beer with couches and chairs to watch the game, so we had comfy seating, weren’t all squished together and getting bumped in to all day, food and beverages whenever we wanted them, and the atmosphere of Columbus. It was perfect (well Dustin would say it would have been better had we been at The Shoe, but for me, it was perfect).
Then to top it all off we came back in the 4th quarter and won by 1-point. Absolutely crazy and The. Best. Ever. Go Bucks! I also got to meet up quickly with two good friends from my sorority towards the end of the evening. Icing on the cake. It has been great to get to do these trips (this one shorter than some of my others since Dustin came also, but still so good) and I’m so glad I’ve been able to do this, but the travel is definitely wearing on me, and I’m so glad to have a weekend here in MD just doing nothing/whatever we want coming up.
With all this travel I’ve not found a good rhythm or flow for balancing all the other things I want to work on, this blog included. I gave myself a goal of blogging 2x/week and it’s happened a couple times, but not nearly as much as I would have hoped for. I’m not beating myself up over it, but I am trying to re-commit to it and figuring out how it fits in to my long-term goals. Part of blogging is figuring out what to blog about. It should be easy, but sometimes I feel like there’s so much I want to say that I don’t know where to start and so I just don’t. I want to write about what’s going on in my life, but also give information and education regarding women’s health/pelvic health because it’s a passion, but finding the balance and how to intersect them is a work in progress. I’m planning to start weaving in some pelvic health stuff with pregnancy info because it’s my life right now and I just love it all. I’m also getting more into Beautycounter and working on a program to build on and/or have as an adjunct to what I do in PT, so just a lot of moving parts and thoughts in my head.
What are your favorite ways to stay on track/organized? What would you like to see more of on here? I am definitely open to suggestions! Hope everyone’s week is going well so far!
<3 – Brittany