Back in the Saddle

So, it’s been almost two whole months since I posted about my quarter life crisis. It wasn’t a conscious decision to take a break, but for some reason I kept putting it off. I brainstormed randomly and had some ideas for posts; I just never got around to it.

Shortly after I went off the deep end and dyed my hair red, things got hectic at work and with life. Each weekend was booked with something- weddings, birthday parties, holidays, etc- and I left work exhausted every afternoon over an hour later than my salary allots (no, I don’t get overtime). This combination left me drained and more willing to vedge out rather than spill my guts on the internet. So, I did a whole lot of sitting on the couch and watching trash television.To sum up my hiatus, I’m feeling rejuvenated!

Some memorable moments from my time away:

I was blessed to be maid-of-honor and witness my little sister marrying her high school sweetheart a couple of weeks back. Their pure and all encompassing love for one another is truly beautiful and such an inspiration. Watching them grin at each other after exchanging rings was probably one of the sweetest moments I have ever witnessed. They are now happily nesting in their first apartment together about 90 miles from my parents.

A two-week vacation from work allowed me to get in touch with my green thumb and begin creating a garden at the new house. I also spent quite some time watching Netflix!

Last weekend, I made a quick trip to my hometown to see several amazing people. First, my good friend Cassie who is a gypsy at heart and has lived on both coasts. Now she is primarily in Cali, but happened to be home so I HAD to go see her and enjoy some good ol’ country line dancing while there. Then, I helped my sister “P” load her 16′ moving van to send her off to Cleveland. Now there is even more distance between us. Finally, my good friend Heather celebrated her quarter life birthday with a hibachi dinner and spilled sake bombs.

This weekend, a friend from high school is getting married and I can’t wait to be there for their special moment. I have trips planned to Rhode Island, NYC, and Washington DC still to come. It’s becoming a summer filled with love, friends, and family. How much more perfect could you get?

I promise to post again soon- maybe with my actual 30 before 30 list 🙂

– C

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Why Everyone Should Have a Spring Break

I know I have been doing a lot of lists lately, but this one is pretty essential. One of the biggest perks of working in a school is the time off throughout the school year. I have been loving my vacation so far and was very sad when Ryan had to return to work this morning. Everyone should have a Spring Break! And here’s why:

  1. We all need a mental break from work once in awhile.
  2. Vacations reduce stress which, in turn, increases productivity.
  3. Who doesn’t like to travel?
  4. Or just sit on your butt for a few days?
  5. The house needs a good cleaning after being closed up all winter.spring-cleaning.jpg
  6. Winter was horrendous this year and I think we all need a little time in the sun right now.
  7. If you have kids, there’s quality time to spend as a family.
  8. Or if you work with kids like me, there’s quality “quiet” time without kids around.
  9. Sleeping in once in awhile is essential to human sanity.
  10. Your health can improve from reduced stress.
  11. Work, work, work with no play makes for a lame day.
  12. Time to catch up on all of your favorite shows.
  13. Or binge watch movies if it’s rainy that day.
  14. You might remember why you liked your job in the first place.
  15. Work on developing a new or existing hobby.
  16. Enjoy the afternoon sunshine for once!GIFSec.com
  17. Cook a fancy meal without rushing to prepare it after work.
  18. Forget your road rage by avoiding rush hour traffic.
  19. You could finally clean out your wardrobe of 10 year old ill-fitting clothing.
  20. You can get in touch with yourself again and find what makes you happy without the pressures of a work week.

Why do you need a Spring Break?

– C