I’ve seen a few other people do this kind of post. A quick Google search revealed that the original idea came from the blog Modern Mrs Darcy, who got the idea from Barbara Brown Taylor’s memoir Leaving Church (which I haven’t read, but now want to), so I want to give credit where credit is due. I like the thought of thinking about things that give us life instead of thinking about what’s currently hard for us. So let’s take this positive spin and go with it.
Yup, I am still a big fan of the WFH life. In retrospect, I had a lot of flexibility in my schedule before the pandemic, but I did not – dare and – take advantage of some of the things I probably could have asked for (e.g. I think I mentioned before that some of my co-workers worked from home frequently, but I never thought that applied to me (don’t ask!), although I knew that a telework policy existed before Covid). The pandemic definitely has loosened the rules a bit more for everyone, including me, and I have really come to love the leisure and flexibility of working from home.
I enjoy that I don’t have to leave the house at 4:45 am to go to the gym (although I kinda do miss my gym buddies and access to a treadmill), my hair loves that it’s allowed to air-dry most days (unless I am planning to leave the house and/or have a Teams meeting that includes video early in the day). I love that I can celebrate my coffee ritual in the morning and soak up some rays of sunshine in the backyard when I take my first sip. I enjoy having full access to my own kitchen for lunch and that I can get dinner started in the afternoon.
Truth be told, I am not ready to go back to the office quite yet and I am thankful that I still have about two more months before I am going to ease back into office life with a once-a-week schedule.
Well, you know already that I spent a lot of my free time exercising. I’ve started running in 2015 and spinning in 2019 and haven’t looked back. I am obsessed with my Peloton bike.
Running, spinning, and all the other workouts on the Peloton platform are what has truly been keeping me sane these last two years. As I like to say, if I have to be addicted to one thing, I am okay with it being a piece of exercise equipment that keeps me healthy, motivated, and connected with like-minded people.
I’ve started morning meditations (most mornings) earlier this year and it’s been a really nice ritual that has replaced the “snooze button”. While I would consider myself a morning person, I am not very good at “jumping out of bed” right when my alarm goes off, so I give myself the gift of a 10 minute morning meditation to start the day. I use the “smart alarm” setting on my Sleep Cycle App (which gently wakes you up during your lightest sleep phase during the wake-up time frame) and then just start the meditation session before I get up.
Cute Animal Videos
Here me out. I am not a person who watches random videos on YouTube or any other social media platform. I am not on TikTok (I refuse) and Instagram Reels make me “crabby” (most of the time). Why does everything have to be “videos” these days? Does that feel overwhelming to anyone but me most of the time? No?
Well, then. But I will admit that, for some inexplicable reason, Instagram keeps “suggesting” these cute animal videos and I am here for it. Nothing beats (the occasional) cute little pony skipping over a pasture without a care in the world, or a kitten sunbathing all sprawled out in front of a window to bring some calm and joy to a hectic day. Who’s with me?
I’ve really been enjoying reading the books back to back. I am fully immersed in the story and know that I can travel to a different time and place in my mind whenever I want to. I am currently reading book #5 and I am so glad to know that I have a few more books to go. (In case you’re wondering, I am still watching the show, but I am still in season 1 and in no rush to get through it. Although I am enjoying the adaptation, the books are so much richer and denser in my mind than the show could ever be on the screen.)
Dinners with Jon
You already know that I love cooking at home and I’d easily say that dinner time is my favorite part of the day. After I shut my laptop for the day, Jon and I ‘meet’ in the kitchen, he starts pulling out everything for dinner, while I start chopping and preparing. We talk a little bit, hype each other up for what’re about to put into our tummies (we love to talk about food while we cook and eat!), and then sit down and enjoy our meal together. Quality time at its best.
I’ve never been much of a napper, but I definitely have started napping more during the pandemic. Be it pandemic fatigue, hiding from the world, old age, or just a natural appreciation for some rest and shut-eye during the day, I am embracing it.
This list would never be complete without coffee, amirite? It’s the first thing I look forward to in the morning, my reward after my morning workout, and simply the best comfort drink.
What’s saving your life right now?