Doggone Relaxed

RomeoOver Thanksgiving, I had a serious boyfriend. He is the most handsome creature I’ve ever laid eyes on. His name is Romeo. Which is perfect for him because he is a love bug.

My original goals over Thanksgiving last week were to be really productive and to finish up a bunch of projects I was working on. But then I got to hang with my boyfriend Romeo.

And here’s the thing- I actually relaxed. Over a holiday. Can you imagine?

If you know anything about me, you know I LOVE work and be productive. But I also LOVE dogs. And since I have a crazy schedule at the moment, I don’t really have time for a dog. So I live vicariously through other people’s dogs. Like the perfect and sweet Romeo.

And it was actually really wonderful. We went on several walks every day. Sometimes he would come over and look at me and I would know it’s time to stop working and give him attention. And we would snuggle for long periods of time.

And I would actually relax. Like deepbreathsmilingandgigglingathiscuteness-style relax. And it was wonderful. And a real vacation. And dang… I needed it.

And yeah we took a lot of selfies. Look at him. You’d do the same and you know it.

Thank you, sweet Romeo for getting me to stop, drop, and roll around with your cuddly-cute-self. You’re my most successful romantic relationship to date.

 

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Days Off

angry lion

Last week I wasn’t exactly myself.

I’ve been a little distracted by several projects on the docket. And I took some time to work on them. And I got a little behind on many of them (which is what happens when you take too much on by yourself). So when I got behind, I had even less time and more stress to get done all the things I wanted and expected myself to take care of in a given week.

I’ve talked before on this blog about how often my exercise takes a back seat when I’m working on other projects. I try hard for it not to, but it happens sometimes.

That’s what happened last week. But I learned a valuable lesson.

While it’s ok  to cut yourself some slack if you don’t make it to the gym every day, it turns out I’m no exactly myself when I don’t make it to the gym often. I took a four day break. Four full days where I did no exercise at all. And honestly, as I look at the schedule, I don’t know of anything I could have fixed to make it better.

So by Friday morning, I was a total b*tch. I wasn’t friendly at all. I headed over to my partner Arye’s apartment to work on some stuff for our web series, The Other Client List, and I was crabby. I was cussing non-stop and blaming everyone around me for every little thing. I noticed I was doing it and knew it was a result of something being off-kilter, but I didn’t know at the time what. Then I realized what… I hadn’t been to the gym. I haven’t been great about my time management. I have been letting a lot of social media suck away valuable creative or healthy time. I’ve been a little distracted during the weeks as a result from so much focus on the weekends. All in all, I just wasn’t myself.

Luckily for me, Arye has an adorable dog named Sasha. I stormed into her apartment an angry b*tch and was greeted by a smiling, adorable, cuddly furry creature that just wanted to love me.

I sat down on the ground immediately and nearly broke down as Sasha let me cuddle with her.

She saved me from the angry person.

So now begins a new challenge to myself. I took care of a lot of me things last night and got plenty of rest. Starting tomorrow, I get up early. I exercise and create in the mornings. I take care to be in bed by a reasonable hour. I monitor the amount of time I spend on meaningless social media and internet searches. And I meditate. Daily.

These are goals I often have. But when I’m not careful, I let them slide. I learned last week what happens when they slide for too long. It ain’t pretty. So gotta fix it.

I’ll keep you updated on how it goes.