A Routine Refresher


(pictured above: renting lights and laughed at the sign, photo shoot set up, Car2Go because our car has seen better days)

Life has been productive (that’s my new word instead of the word “busy”) and I’ve been trying to get a better grasp on separating my work and personal life. A lot of people who own businesses like to boast about the chaos or how they work 100+ hour weeks, but I’m not about that life. What I do for a living isn’t who I am. Sure, I love it. But my hand could get cut off tomorrow and I’d have to find a new career to occupy my days.

I’ve been setting limits with my meetings, turning down work and in turn…staying focused on our fabulous clients. Nothing crazy has changed, but we’re honestly at a point where we leave meetings with our clients feeling totally amazed at how talented and smart they really are.


(picture above: homemade grain-free gyros, I wrote a piece for Darling magazine about being a slob + how I’m changing and the making of delicious chicken lettuce wraps)

Personally, I’m making a lot more changes. For the past three weeks, we got back into the cycle of eating out ALL THE TIME. I literally didn’t buy groceries from February 17 until last weekend. Or if I did…we didn’t use them. I felt wasteful, tired and bloated and so I decided that I would do another round of Whole30 mid-March. I started working out and it felt great to get back into the kitchen.

To be totally honest, food and diet wasn’t a struggle for me until the past few years. I have a tendency to get really, really focused on things. I don’t really half-ass anything at all (thanks to the advice of Ron Swanson) so when I do something like Whole30 (or when I went gluten-free), I do it 100%. I don’t waiver. I don’t cheat. I’m almost too good at following the rules. The issue lies in coming off of these detoxes or meal plans. I don’t count calories and I eat REAL food but I still struggle with that first meal with french fries and a sugary drink. Guilt washes over me and I worry that I’ll either get sick or gain weight.

Because of this, I either am all into the “real food” world or all about that takeout. I have a hard time balancing the two and when I get overwhelmed, self-care flies right out the window. So I decided to do a few things to love myself this month:

  1. I will NOT be doing Whole30. I eat organic, I know what foods make me feel tired, I love to cook at home and I love spending time with friends. Instead, I plan on taking an online course called Finally Free. It’s about intuitive eating (listening to your body and not calling any sorts of foods bad or “cheat-worthy”). It’s a self-paced course so I plan on spreading it out over 12 weeks.
  2. I’m working out again! I’m working through a strength/cardio circuit plan for the next four months (3 times a week) and will be supplementing the other days with this yoga challenge. I took my “before” photos and maybe someday I’ll have the guts to share.
  3. I’ve been scheduling a “spa day” for myself every weekend. It’s not literally at a spa or for a whole day but lately I’ve been taking my Friday or Sunday night to do a little self-care. It’s relaxing and honestly makes me feel confident when my legs are shaved well and my nails aren’t chipped.

How do you handle stress? Work/life balance? Self-care? I’d love to hear how you approach it all.


March 11, 2015