Five Things from the First Day Back to Work

Monday marked the return to the real world for the majority of Americans who were off for the holidays.  I’m definitely not seeking sympathy because I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with a built-in vacation schedule, but that doesn’t make the transition any less dreadful and tiring.

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This Monday looked much different from last Monday, in some good ways, and exhausting in others.  My what a difference 7 days can make!

1.  Less time in the mornings to prepare for the day.

Over break I would wake up around the same time in the morning, but I would be able to spend a few hours sipping coffee, catching up on my DVR’d programs, and updating/doodling in my Bullet Journal.  Yesterday, I sacrificed my workout because I  didn’t plan enough time to get everything ready that I needed to.

2.  Standing all day.

Not to sound geriatric, but I felt the low back pain come on around late morning.  I’m not going to lie to you; I spent the majority of my break sitting down reading, working on my bullet journal, and standing a lot at my crafting table.  I wasn’t what you would call “active.”  Yesterday, my classes worked on creating SMART Goals and getting prepared for their midterm project presentation.

3.  Talking Talking Talking Talking Talking

My throat was a little scratchy and my voice began to waver a bit from all the talking I was doing.  See my break schedule above.  It didn’t take a lot of chatting to get through 4.5 books and 3 craft projects.

4.   So tired.  So, so tired.

Both Monday and this morning allowed me to wake up, feeling rested, but last night I could barely keep my eyes open!

tired

5.  Time with some really great people

Friends

What I Accomplished Over Break

In less than 24 hours, the majority of teachers across the country will be heading back to work, like most who have been on vacation, including our students, with a sigh and weighted-feet.  I love my job, don’t get me wrong, but who doesn’t love the freedom that time off from work provides?  Right now, I am 67/33 about going back.  I thrive on routine, I am energized by my career, and tomorrow doesn’t seem so bad.  Talk to me right after my alarm clock goes off and it might be a different story.

Alarm Clock

These past two weeks have been rejuvenating, rewarding, and have provided me ample reminders about gratitude and what is truly important in life: family and love.

I’ve also had a great sense of accomplishment with the time off.  I’ve been able to check off many tasks on my To-Do/Want-To-Get-Done-Someday list.

What I’ve Accomplished Over the Holiday Break

Less and More in 2015

Ah, New Year’s Resolutions.  We love to love and hate you.  I love to make them, but I get frustrated because I want certain outcomes, but don’t always know how to make them happen.  For example, I am trying to lose those last few pounds and keep them off; how original.  I feel like I’m pretty healthy as it is, so what else is there left to do but stay consistent?  I want to read more books, but how will I actually incorporate that time into my day?  Create everyday.  Sooooo…create everyday?  Oy!  Aaaaaand now I’m overwhelmed.

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While sifting through blog postings about New Year’s Resolutions, I came across Erika’s “Less & More in 2015” from All Things E.  Her process of developing her own resolutions led her to creating two lists: Less and More.  How simple.  How complete.  THANK YOU!200 (1)

In 2015, I want less of these things in my life:

  • Negativity – I want to let go of trivial things and do so in a faster, lasting manner.
  • Skipping days at the gym
  • Nighttime snacking
  • Artificial sweeteners

In 2015, I want more of these things in my life:

  • Reading time.  My goal is to read 50 books this year.
  • Genuine interactions with people.  Technology is a facilitator, not a replacement.
  • Gratitude Lists
  • Creative Outlets – My bullet journal and new crafting room will make this possible.
  • Cooking at home
  • Daily flossing – time to be an adult, I guess