I’m baaaaack!

It’s been over 3 months since I posted on this bad boy, and I am thrilled to finally be back! The last several months were jam packed with school, work, and incredible experiences so much so that my dear old blog got left in the dust. By far the biggest intruder of blog life was grad school. But after many research papers, all-nighters, and one very stressful capstone defense, I am officially done with school forever! (Or at least for the next 10 years. As my mom told me, “never say never.”) Don’t believe me? Here is a little glance at my all-too-detailed planner from March and April.

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So. While I was gone, a few things happened. Here’s a quick recap.

  • I ran my very first half marathon, the Nike Women’s Half!

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  • I graduated.

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  • I helped plan the GW Class of 2012 1st year reunion.

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  • I saw so many of my favorite bands live and finally went to Bonnaroo!!
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Wheeler Brothers at the Hamilton

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He’s My Brother She’s My Sister at the Black Cat

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Roooooo! How I miss you!

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Lucius at Bonnaroo

He's My Brother She's My Sister, take 2 at Bonnaroo

He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, take 2 at Bonnaroo

Sons of Fathers at Bonnaroo

Sons of Fathers at Bonnaroo

Needless to say, it’s been a busy few months. The one thing I haven’t done? Work on my apartment. But now that school is over and my responsibilities do not extend beyond my job, I am so ready to get back into the DIY swing of things. So cheers to real life and the many projects ahead! Let’s do this.

Finding Balance

With the start of my last full semester of grad school, I have found myself struggling to keep a healthy balance among all of my responsibilities and commitments. While I know that working full time while going to school full time is only temporary I find myself dreadfully overwhelmed and often end up doing nothing instead of trying to take the first bite out of the tower of things on my plate. This brilliant strategy ultimately leaves me in worse shape than I was in before and creates a nasty circle of no productivity. So, to help me stay focused I’ve decided to make one realistic promise to myself in every aspect of my life. And hopefully by sharing them here, I’ll force myself to stick to them.

 

Grad School:

    • Do not let a day go by without doing at least one school related task.

 

Work:

    • Spend at least one hour a day entirely in Final Cut with nothing else open. Because once I get in the zone, I stay in the zone. 

 

Half Marathon Training:

    • Keep a set of running clothes in the office so I never have the excuse that it’s too cold to run outside, and I don’t have clothes with me to go to the gym. 

 

Apartment Renovations:

    • Don’t update something just to update it. Take the time to really figure out what I want from my space and wait for the perfect items to come along. 

 

Personal Life: 

    • Continue to do what makes me happy but be more cognizant of budgets. Opt for nights in with friends instead of dropping $15 on one cocktail. 

 

And of course, to help keep me focused here are some wise words from my favorite ladies Kathy and Melody from Brave Girls Club:

Do you over commit and then beat yourself up when you under-deliver? 

Are there a million things on your list that were really really important that you didn’t even get to because you got caught up in doing things that weren’t nearly AS important?

Ok now. Take a deep breath. Now take another one. One more.

Remember that you are wonderful. You are loved. And, phenomenal friend, amazing woman, you are a human being. You DO have limitations.

When you don’t stop to rest, to think, to recharge, to remember, to restore, you end up grouchy, tired, uncreative, angry and numb to lots of life. You are a sparkling, beautiful girl and we need that sparkle. So STOP today and make a list. Prioritize it. Be realistic…

Say yes to yourself, to joy, to rest, to being 100% present to the things that matter most to you — instead of a tired and diluted version who has too much to do to ever do her best at ANYTHING. Don’t lose yourself while you are trying to be everything to everyone….

If at all possible, only have enough on your plate that you can do your best at everything you have to do. Your life will take on new meaning and happiness.

Just practice. This is a hard one, but so worth it. Hang in there. You are loved!

Xoxo

 

They always know exactly what to say. Here is to staying focused and refreshed!

So THIS happened…

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As of about an hour ago, I am officially registered for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in DC! Part of me is screaming “WHAT WERE YOU THINKING, YOU FOOL!” but another part of me is beaming and so excited to get started. And after the week I have had, anything that brings a smile to my face is worth pursuing.

So it begins! I’m ready to tackle the farthest distance I have ever run! And I’m thoroughly looking forward to getting super in shape in the process… Holla!

Also, I am completely aware that my DIY-ing has slowed to an abysmal rate. Finals, work, and some personal stuff has got me in a DIY funk. I’m working on a tree skirt and some other fun things, and I’m hoping in the next few days I’ll finish at least one of the projects I have halfway completed and left in the middle of my apartment.

Until then… let the training begin!