HOME for the Holidays

The day I’ve been waiting for has FINALLY come! The day that the fall semester ends and I get to go home! While my finals technically finished last Thursday, I hung around Loyola going to my internship and doing my take-home finals since Chris didn’t take his last final till this afternoon. Once 4:30pm hit today, we were on the road back to Jersey. Two and a half hours later, we pulled into my driveway and I seriously thought I was going to kiss the pavement (if it wasn’t 20 degrees out, I probably would have). I couldn’t be happier to have a break from all of the work and stress that I’ve been dealing with this semester.

There are so many great things about being home. Spending time with my family, constant snuggles with my puppy, the ability to actually have time to workout and focus on getting my butt back into gear. There’s just no time constraints at home. So care-free!

Right now, I’m too elated to even write a full length post. There will be a Tuesday Morning Reading tomorrow at some point, once I get myself all settled in. But at this moment, there’s a puppy waiting for a belly rub that I am ohh so happy to give!

Sydney!

Syd’s happy to see me!

Craziness

This week has been absolutely the most hectic week of the year so far (at least it feels that way). Finals week is in full swing and I was an idiot and decided to not take off of my internship or work this week, so I’m handling a thousand things at once now. Like right now, I’m at my internships. Yet, I have a 10 page paper due Sunday night and a take home final due by Tuesday morning. But nope, I’m sitting in my cubicle writing this and being bored as I finished all my current work that I actually wanted to do and am procrastinating the work I don’t want to do.

How I manage to do everything I do still amazes me. 15 hours of class a week, 20+ hours of crew, 15 hours of interning, 7 hours of swim lessons and somehow (I really don’t know how) maintaining a super solid relationship with Chris. Yes, I lack a social life somewhat, but I’m content with it. People say I’m crazy…I definitely am.

One of the things that everyone always asks is how I manage to fit everything into my day. There’s a few ways I get all this shizz done.

  1. Plan. Plan everything. Live life down to the minute. As sad as this is, it’s the only way to get everything done. My planner is always with me and it has everything written in it – from when I work, to what work I need to do, to everything else. If I lost my planner, I’d probably have a mental breakdown and never get back up
  2. Make use out of the time that you think isn’t long enough to get anything done. For instance, I finish work a half hour before Chris does somedays. Usually, I’m lazy and spend that time sitting in the hot tub and scrolling through instagram. Bad idea. Recently, I’ve been making myself throw some clothes over my swim suit and heading up to the gym to get on the treadmill. Even if its 25 minutes, its still something. I clocked a solid 2 miles of walking on an incline and running last night. Almost burned off the cake I made before work… womp…
  3. Lastly, know what you can  manage. Don’t take on too much. This semester was way too much for me. I’m cutting back next semester to get my grades back up after a slight drop this semester (kill me now). The sad part is that my cutting back involves cutting crew out. Based on the time requirements of my internship, taking 6 classes instead of 5, still wanting to teach swim lessons alittle, and training for my half in the spring and then tri-training for the summer, something had to go. Crew was the biggest time suck and my love for it has fallen. I’ll still coach this summer for my high school team and I might pick it back up next fall. But for right now, I won’t be getting back into my cubby in the boat 😦

Guess I should go back to doing work now? Ugh. Sunday can’t come fast enough.

Holiday Motivational Mail 2014!

Hey everyone! Hopefully you survived hump day and are now clear into your second half of the week. Right now, it’s absolutely dreary here in Baltimore. The fog is absurd BUT it is also 60 degrees — THANK GOD. I’ve had enough of the cold weather sans snow. Mother nature, if you’re going to make it freezing out, at least let there be snow. But since it’s warm today and classes are winding down, I might actually be able to go out and get a run in today! I’m super duper excited here.

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So the main point of this post: I’ve started a holiday motivational mail for this holiday season! Below are some of the ah-maz-inggg deets.

What’s motivational mail? Motivational mail is something that’s being going around Instagram and twitter and other social media platforms for alittle while now. Basically, you sign up and you’ll be paired with a similar person, based on age, interests, etc. Once you get your partner, you comply a small gift package of holiday working out and motivating things! Little food bites, magazines, etc. Just something to keep your buddy motivated and slim during the holidays! The package should be around $15, plus the cost of shipping. (If you use USPS flat rate boxes, you can usually fit everything into a $5 box!)

What are the dates? All pairings will be sent out on the 10th of this month. You’ll have until the 15th to send your gift out, so most people will get them by the holiday!

I’m IN! How do I sign up?Click HERE to fill out the form! You’ll get an email from me by the 10th!

Spread the word to your friends who might be interested! The more, the merrier!!!

Let me know in the comments if you’ll be participating!

Intern Lessons + Pilates!

As this dreary Monday comes to a close, I’ve learned a few things while sitting in my cubicle at my internship today. I thought I’d share these wonderful intern-life lessons with you all! (…lol)

  1. Clothing: Make sure you check the weather before you leave the house. Wearing a brand new pair of ALDO flats on a day that it’s supposed to pour and storm so badly that there is a tornado warning, is really not a great idea. It results in some very wet shoes
  2. Lunch: Bring your own. If you work in an office that is all guys, as I do, lunch is always an issue. Unhealthy food is a frequent occurrence and you best be prepared for it. Usually, on Mondays, the company orders in either pizza or sandwiches, which I am completely fine with. However, today was Chipotle Day. Not a great decision when I feel bloated and disgusting for the remainder of the day. Some cardio and pilates were definitely needed!
  3. Attitude: Roll with the punches. Another lesson learned from working in an office with all guys: if they ask about your relationship with your boyfriend, be prepared to be embarrassed. I had an awkward moment today where they were asking about our relationship and it got mad awkward…real fast. Thankfully, it was all laughed off in the end. I only blushed alittle.
  4. Boredom: Some days are boring. It’s just the normal business cycle. Like today. Where I was at the office from 8 am to 5 pm and I didn’t do a SINGLE thing. I caught up on the news though. But in the intern life, be prepared for slow days at the office. You just have to make the best out of it. It’s not because they don’t like the work you do. It’s just one of those days.

Onto my pilates experience… I’ve decided that, since I have stopped lifting weights as much as I used too and have focused more on cardio, I need to incorporate some sort of strength training/toning routine into my mix. I tried the Pilates Mat class at RWJ Rahway Fitness and Wellness Center in Scotch Plains, NJ. It’s the health club that I teach my swim lessons and masters swimming classes at. I truly love the gym and all of the group fitness classes there, but this was the first time that I tried the pilates class. I thought it was going to be somewhat easy. Man, was I wrong. Before the warm-up even ended, my inner thighs were fatigued and shaking and I thought I was going to die. As I started paying more attention to my breathing and really listening to the instructor, it got easier. I have to do the easy version of a lot of the exercises, but for some that were more ab-focused, I was able to go up a level or so. My instructor, Cathy, was great with giving us different modifications to do, depending on our comfort and experience level. At the end, I did feel like I got a good workout in. Plus, it was a good way to wind down my Monday. I’ll definitely be back!

As the summer progresses on, I really want to get into a solid intern-gym-social life routine that I can stick to. Lately, I’ve been so off-track and have not gotten nearly enough done in any category of my life! Time to change that!