I couldn’t let this weekend pass without proper blog documentation. It was one of the best weekends I’ve had in a while. When I was living in NYC and still had a regular desk job, my weekends were almost entirely spent working on my blog. Despite the lack of sleep, I would do those thirteen months all over again because it put me in a place financially where I could take the leap and quit my job.
Because I was used to working on weekends, I’d still work every weekend. Not as much, but I was still pushing myself to get stuff done on Saturdays and Sundays. It was a seven-day-a-week job. Then I hit a breaking point and decided that I was going to NOT work on the weekends anymore. It was a hard habit to break, but one I am so thankful I did.
More than anything else, I’m just a happier person. Sure, since my business revolves around sharing what I do, I am essentially eliminating nearly 29% of my life from it. It certainly adds up over time when you think about how much is not shared from that, BUT the tradeoff is that I’m a happier person and it makes me not hate what I do. I’ll give up that 29% if it means I can keep doing what I really do love to do the rest of the time.
Now that I actually take my weekends off, I try to make sure that a chunk of it is completely unscheduled. I love the feeling of having no obligations. This weekend was the opposite of that as I hardly had time to catch my breath, but it was still energizing.
On Friday, the Head and Shoulders PR team invited me to a screening of Katie Couric’s new docu-series America Inside Out. We got to preview next week’s episode “The Muslim Next Door” and it was phenomenal. After the screening, there was a panel discussion and I left incredibly inspired by each woman. It’s airing Wednesday at 10 pm on the National Geographic channel and you can also stream the series on Hulu too. The episode was so well done and you can tell that the entire team put so much work into it to do the topic justice.
A small dinner with friends turned into a full-blown barbecue on Saturday evening. We are experiencing numerous problems with our apartment right now (it’s beyond frustrating) so it was nice to actually get to utilize one of the features that makes the headaches worth it: the backyard. It’s been too cold to plant seeds, so it’s currently just a dirt yard. Still fun though for cornhole if you don’t mind getting a little dirty.
I recently ordered furniture and we weren’t expecting it until next week, but it showed up so early! I’m going to wait to set up the lounge furniture until we have grass. Since we had it, we figured we could set up the dining table and chairs for the barbecue. It took SO MUCH LONGER than I anticipated. I was literally working on it from 7:30 to 10:15 am, then went to an event in the city, and rushed back to finish it for a few more hours before people showed up. I had just finished the table when our first guests came and then took another hour for the chairs. Phew! I was exhausted but it was so satisfying to see it put right to use.
The event I attended was one hosted by Town & Country and Bermuda Tourism. I am a little rusty at my event game since I had been using the hour Metro-North train ride as an excuse to say “no” to a lot of things. Now I don’t have the excuse so I’m trying to go to more. Since it was so beautiful out and I still had 75% of a table to put together (lol), I kind of regretted my RSVP. Honestly though? I had so much fun and I’m glad I went. My friend Grace was there and we asked if our seats could be moved so we could catch up more. We don’t see each other enough and it’s always fun to catch up. (We’re both huge fans of meditation and have similar tastes in books, which we could discuss for hours.) The event was also beautiful, or “Bermudaful” as they like to put it, and it made me want to hop on the next plane to the island!
The barbecue itself was such a fun taste of what’s to come this summer. Great food and company. Once the sun set, the temperature dipped quite a bit and so we started distributing sweatshirts and jackets so we could still enjoy the night. We even fired the grill back up for s’mores! It was seriously such a great night.
Sunday morning was designated as “Weekend Wellness” day. My boyfriend’s siblings live in the area and we’ve made this a little tradition. We all kind of do our own thing in the name of wellness: foam rolling, yoga, breath exercises, etc. It’s such a good way to start the day. Breakfast (and lots of coffee) is always part of the deal too.
His sister and I had made plans to go see The Quiet Place. It was super cold and gray, so we didn’t mind spending the afternoon inside of the theater. Apparently, everyone else had the same idea because it was packed. AND SILENT. Has anyone else seen it?! I was afraid to take a sip of water because I thought it would be too noisy! A lot of people on Instagram asked what I thought about it. I definitely did hate it, but I also didn’t love it. I’m in the middle of rewatching The Office right now and I kind of kept thinking, “It’s Jim with a beard” the entire time. And there were a million plot holes that stood out to me. (One example: how could they print not to mention deliver newspapers if you die if you make a sound?!?) I will say though, when I got home, I was basically tiptoeing through my apartment and when Ham barked I jumped a mile.
And to conclude an already amazing weekend, Julia and Thomas were in town for meetings for the Gal Meets Glam Collection (I’m so excited for the launch!). We had such a great dinner inside a cozy restaurant while it poured outside. There is never enough time with them, but I’ll take what I can get!!!