Sittin’ Crooked Talkin’ Straight

A conversation between two friends…….

work from home

Working from Home

I was starting to feel the pressure my friend. I dont think any of us expected to still be in this space currently. Like many of you, I naturally assumed that things would get back to “normal” or at least something that resembled the “old” normal. I have a couple things coming up that was beginning to make me anxious. #DramaTeen is entering the 8th grade the same day that I begin Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training. All while my hubs is working full-time remote. When the kids were released from school in March, we had a little routine down. But honestly once summer hit, we loosened up on the schedules. Truthfully, every summer I loosen the reigns so to speak, because its summer. A time that should be enjoyed. Towards the end of every summer the closer we get to the start of school, we begin to make adjustments to fit back into schedule. This year really isnt much different outside of the obvious. Doing everything from home. Knowing that having somewhat of a schedule is important especially because everyone will be at home. And selfishly I want to make sure I am doing well in my upcoming training (Im extremely interested in the topic AND it wasnt free). So I am taking the steps NOW to make sure I am giving myself exactly what I need to be successful in my training while making sure Im not taking away from my family. Gosh the forever balancing act, am I right? Here is what I plan on doing to keep everything in check! Boundaries: You guys know that I am a BOUNDARIES QUEEN. I love boundaries + creating them. Boundaries are the road-map + how to guide for effective communication with the person setting the boundaries. Setting boundaries can be hard, especially with people that you love because of “guilt”. We easily feel that we shouldn’t have boundaries with our kids, parents or even significant others. But the gag is. If we never set boundaries with the people we love we are doing them + ourselves a dis-service. Without boundaries they wont know the things that may hurt you, or if they have crossed a line. My plan is to create boundaries surrounding when I need to be “mentally” checked in during my training. I will set times that I need to focus and work on my training, homework/observations + stick to them. I will communicate clearly what I need to do as well as how I can be supported by my loved ones. Because closed mouths dont get fed, and nobody is a mind reader lol. Have a plan: Im a plan girl. I need to know the who, what, when and why. Having a plan helps ease anxiety for me. Currently I share my home office with my hubs while he is working remotely. So having a plan of who is in the office and when is super important. Having a solid plan adds a little bit of structure while setting expectations. Planning doesn’t just stop there. Meal Prep! Since my training is all day 3 days a week for the next 3 months, we will meal prep those 3 days and my family will handle their own meals for 2 days. The weekends will remain how they are currently. Move Around: I have no intentions of locking myself up in my home hoffice for 7 hours a day 3 days a week. Changing scenery is extremely important to combat against burnout + low productivity. There will be times during my schedule that I will be in my home office at other times in the day I may be on the patio or even at the dining room table. Having a change of scenery at the different points of the day helps break up the day. My pets will be getting lots of extra walks in the upcoming weeks! Now will there be bumps along the way as we get back into the swing of things? Absolutely! I dont for one second think that things will be perfect, BUT I am taking the steps now to make the transition into “new normal” as best as I can. And the same with anything else, if something isnt working Ill make tweaks till it does. What work from home tips do you have for me?

A Few Changes

And just like that here we are Welcoming August! I know I cant be the only one feeling like this year is just speeding right on by. Regardless if it seems like August came out of no where or whether you feel like this is the longest year ever, this is it, here we are. If you happen to be a new reader, in July I participated in a blogging consistency challenge where essentially I posted a new blog post every weekday M-F. We completed the challenge last week + I needed a few days to wrap my head around what I actually learned. Can we have a truth moment? Of course we can. So this challenge was HARD. And not for the obvious reasons you may think, like having content written for each day. That part was pretty easy. Here is a fun fact that you may not know about bloggers/writers. We always have drafts. As a writer, we get ideas and begin to write them out and for whatever reason we dont finish or publish. I cant speak for other writers, but at least for myself , I had plenty of drafts + still do if Im ever in a pinch. The hard part was realizing that I had grown past some of the topics I use to love writing about. On top of having a desire to write about new topics seemed scary. The ole impostor syndrome. Any kind of growth or change especially when its within yourself can seem wrong. Instinctively we push against growth because it is foreign. And we play it safe by not trying things that are new. When I created this blog, I was at the beginning of my teaching journey + my exploration of being more intentional with how I cared + loved myself. Now while my teaching journey is still very important to me, the topics that ignite me in this season in my life have changed. So there will be a few changes to the blog going forward + I wanted to let you know what to expect! Changes Moving Forward Posting schedule Posting 5 times a week for the long haul in this season in my life is not sustainable. In true transparency I have a few things coming up + I dont want to over commit. The DramaTeen starts school in 10 days and I begin Prenatal yoga teacher training in 11. Both virtual. I also think that my previous posting amount was not enough. Going forward you can expect a new post 2-3x a week. Always on Monday + Friday. No changes to the weekly newsletter, it will continue to go out every single Sunday. Things That Will Stay The Same Personal Development Content. I am in forever pursuit of being the best version of myself + I love sharing any information that I feel is valuable and helpful. Mindful Living content will merge with Personal Development. Self Care + Meditation will remain! Things That Will Leave Yoga. I love yoga, teach yoga + do yoga in my every day life. It is my belief that yoga is a form of self care. I will continue to provide content in that aspect as well as the aspect of someone going through prenatal yoga teacher training. Yoga will still exist on the site, it just wont be a stand alone topic. Additions More food based content. Not in a food blogger type of way at all. On my IG I post alot of what I eat or make and often I get questions. So each week there may be a recipe of the week post. Again NOT a food blogger, very much a home cook. PLANT content! Another topic that I get lots of questions about + is my absolute favorite hobby. Ill share tips, tricks, things that I know + resources. This content will not be weekly. More personal in the life content. Ill be going through a different journey with training, homeschooling + balancing it all. Will share whats working/not working. In the up coming days I will be making changes to the site to reflect the new categories :). I am super excited about this new season in my life and where we are here in this community! Ill see you next week 🙂

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