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Week In Review: If Only We Didn’t Have to Sleep

Good morning friends, 

Coming to you at the end of a very rainy week. Currently sipping away at a latte and staring aimlessly at the grey sky and pitter pattering sidewalk. I actually love this scene. I like my sun but there is something comforting about a rainy, yet still mild, morning or afternoon. Probably my favorite type of weather (for a short time at least). 

rainy window latte cookie

Rainy days and lattes

To sum up what was/could have been a very long mind dump (scroll on down if you just feel like getting your list on)…. I don’t understand why it feels like I have so much less time than normal!? Oh wait. Yes I do. It’s because I’m not used to working a full time Monday-Friday job, I am useless after 6:00, I’m used to having breaks throughout my day, and I’m used to living alone where the majority of my work/reading takes place as I eat (’cause that whole eating with no distraction thing = awwwkwwarrddd). Now that I’m home with family, my meals are spent with others (or stuffed in my face during work). So this has taken away much of my personal blog/reading/work time. By the time I’m done work and have had dinner… well that’s about it for this chicky. I literally caught myself sleeping fully sitting straight up on my couch at 9 pm on Thursday night…. watching “Grace and Frankie” with my two 65 year old parents.  I am so f***ing wild. 

As a result, I’ve been feeling more behind in my blog reading, commenting and responding than I like to be. I just don’t have the energy. Which sucks – I love you guys. I’ve been sort of giving myself until June to finish “settling” in at home and let myself focus on blog things. But once June hits (aka this week what the fuddgggeee??) I’m needing to begin making my school work (writing a script, reading plays) and all my other summer goals a priority. Which means I need to let go of some of my already precious blog time. HOW DO YOU DO IT ALL!?! HOW! If only we didn’t have to sleep. 

Okay that was a bit of a mind dump. I apologize. So rather than doting on my future productivity, let’s stay in the moment and remember all the little things that made me smile and made me feel productive last week. Meg holds the party for us every week and I know we are all equally as grateful. 

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Last week I…

  • Discovered, from a dear blog friend, that some comments made to my blog posts were ending up in my spam queue! If you have never checked out your spam – DO IT.  First, you’ll be exceptionally creeped out. Second, you may find some lovely comments you had been totally missing out on. Anyways, I caught up on many lost comments and hopefully fixed the issue so this doesn’t happen so much. Side note – if you are a self hosted sight and want to ensure the responses you make to the comments you get are seen by the commenter – you may need to get the Comment Reply plugin by Denishua. Comment communication is the best part after all.
  • To get back to writing on paper and not always on a screen, I started my own 10 day morning writing challenge. I’ve been going in to work extra early so I can have the cafe to myself, eat breakfast in a stress free way (rather than as I run around and open the shop) and have about 30 minutes of unplugged journaling. I’ve been going back to Julia Camerons’ morning pages (form The Artist Way – which I have previously completed and would HIGHLY suggest every one pick up) as well as using Caroline’s 10 day crash course. You guys. These mornings have been absolutely wonderful. Getting back to writing has – as I’ve always known – been doing wonderful things for staying grounded and clear and calm. And the atmosphere of the cafe in the morning is just so peaceful. I’m on day 4, but I’m pretty sure this will be more than just a ten day thing. 

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Morning writing bliss

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Including some fab morning eats 

  • On a very slow morning at work, I finally got around to deep cleaning some disgusting shelves that apparently no one had felt the need to dust. Gross annnnnd satisfying. 
  • Did my laundry
  • Responded to comments and got a head start on a recipe post for this coming week
  • On a humble Thursday, I finally reached the calorie goal I have been trying to get to for a month. I posted this on Instagram, which was hella uncomfortable to do. Thank you so much for those of you who commented – your support is not taken mildly. There’s a long way to go from here, but, I sort of feel like this may have been the biggest hurdle to get over. For me. Additions I make from here just aren’t feeling as daunting. I’m not boasting it to the rooftops, but I am quietly feeling very proud of myself. 

ice cream cakeGot a little help from this DQ ice cream cake while celebrating my brother’s girlfriends’ birthday. 

  • With that new sense of self motivation, I bought my very first 9% yogurt. 9% guys! A brand I’ve wanted to try for years but one look at the back and each time I went running. I stomped to the grocery store, picked it up, didn’t look at the godamnn back label and just threw it in the goddamn cart. I’m excited. Orange ginger guys. Perfect for my current ginger obsession.

liberte yogurt

REAL yogurt. It’s about time we got acquainted. 

  • Received my Vita Cost Order. Which included my very first.. wait for it… Barney Butter. I feel like this should be a christening moment or something. I’m finally going to see what all this southern jazz is about. 

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Organic tea stash for my kombucha making, PB2 for some baking experimentation, my beloved Tulsi tea, witch hazel for my minimalist skin regime, digestive enzymes for what I think may come in handy, and the infamous Barney Butter. I’ll let you know…

  • Got a good bundle of teas for my hippy wellness stash. 

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Beautiful teas. Including some Chaga Mushroom and Dandelion Root

  • Got myself a Foodgawker badge
  • Took time to stop and smell the flowers. Literally. 

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  • Went to two yoga classes, as well as to a park early in the morning before work to do some flows on my own.  Yoga in the grass as the sun rises = as it should be. 
  • Did one good morning session of breathing exercises
  • As alluded to in my Thursday post, I really did make a list tabling out my 6 weekly goals.  Nerd, I know. I’m hoping this will push me to make sure I’m not spending all my time twittering around on my laptop when I could be doing things that really do make me feel good.

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Yeah, yeah… nerds unite. 

  • Transferred over my first new batch of kombucha and brewed up a second. It beginnnnsss.
  • Helped my Dad figure out an online book making program – which he’s been asking me to help him with for, oh, a few years. I really want to help me parents out with everything I can while I’m home this time, so this felt really nice. 
  • Made dinner for my pa and I. 

maple miso tofu

Coming soon to a blog near you…

There may have been something else, but this has already perked me up wildly form the somewhat exhausted “blah” state I was in this morning. I don’t know why I’ve been so tired. I guess there’s been a lot of internal work going on. Or its the getting up at 5:30 every morning. Those mornings though… mmmm. 

New yogurt, new goals, new bedtime? Get caught up on my last week with me! #timemanagement… Click To Tweet

Tell me,

Do you journal? 

Are you a morning person or night person?

How the hell do you balance staying caught up with blogging and real life?

 

29 COMMENTS

  1. Emily Swanson | 30th May 16

    Yay for NOT looking at labels and getting new, full of yummy fats foods! πŸ™‚ I love fuller fat yogurt, because it’s just so good. Also, I love rainy days too. It’s really comforting to watch the rain fall down, while you’re inside, all nice and cozy. Ok, I am SO SO happy that you reached your calorie goal, because that is a huge victory! Continuing to pray for you!
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    • Cora | 31st May 16

      Thanks, Emily!! I know you understand the calorie goals, and are a true appreciator of good yogurt! So I’m just walking in your footsteps <3

  2. chasetheredgrape | 30th May 16

    I used to buy 10% greek yoghurt from costco back in the UK…. It was so good! Perth doesn’t have a costco – sad times…. But it has endless white sand beaches so I’ll take the hit! Haha!
    Love the fact that you have been taking more time to write and journal – such a relaxing, special time. I love writing – anything and everything, just the art of using my hand! I may use the computer a lot but penning a letter or writing downs my thoughts makes me happy.
    Oh and I’m a morning person 100% – up at 5am for training, always with a spring in my step!

    • Cora | 31st May 16

      I’ve never been to a Costco! I’m dying to see what its all about – but I need someone with a membership to take me!
      I never thought of journaling in that way – the art of using our hands – but that so makes sense. Its a much more body-mind connected movement then tapping at keyboard buttons.

  3. cookiesnchem | 30th May 16

    OH my gosh Cora! I love this post – especially the journalling you did (I’m equally nerdy in the best way possible!). I am so proud of you for all the little things you did, because they truly do add up to more and more happiness. Your yogurt-buying is a WIN. 10% Liberte Mediterranean yogurt is one of my favourites, and I always buy it when it’s on discount. So creamy and good!
    And I am so excited about your Barney Butter! I haven’t had that for over a year because I can’t find it here in Waterloo, but I remember it being so, so, so good. You must put it in oatmeal and see how melty it becomes! I look forward to hearing what you think of BB πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 31st May 16

      I don’t think you can find it anywhere in Canada, can you??
      I will most definitely be dripping some on my oatmeal. And everything else I put into my mouth… πŸ™‚

  4. Susie @ SuzLyfe | 30th May 16

    Great work, Cora! So productive, all around. Always stop to smell the flowers. I grabbed some lilacs on the way home the other day and was literally huffing them for an hour. I check my spam comments throughout the day. For some reason, I kind of enjoy it? I know, I’m weird.
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    • Cora | 31st May 16

      Haha – I think I could start doing that for pure entertainment sake!

  5. Kate | 30th May 16

    I actually LOVE the sound of your life right now. I wish I could teleport to that little cafe this morning. Our cafe game is lacking greatly around here.
    Good job reaching your goals and having fun with it. Ice cream cake is my absolute FAV.
    I’ve been having a lot of trouble keeping up with blogging since summer started. My time isn’t as structured and I want to be social. I sometimes neglect sleep, but even that doesn’t usually cut it! I don’t understand either how people manage to write posts, promote them, comment on 100 other blogs, and live a life outside. It’s definitely a full-time gig!
    Have a great week πŸ˜€
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    • Cora | 31st May 16

      You’d love the morning atmosphere at the cafe. It’s really lovely.
      Yes this whole blogging thing in summer is a doozy right now isn’t it? Here we were (or at least I was) expecting there to be so much MORE time once school was done, but I guess it makes sense that now with the extra time and nice weather we actually want to spend our time outside and being social. I’ve been neglecting sleep to try and catch up and that’s just kind of backfiring… falling asleep at 9 pm instead.

  6. katalysthealth | 30th May 16

    Congrats on the calorie goal! I missed that Insta post, but Im so glad you posted it here so that I could congratulate you! I’m so proud that you feel brave enough to share those little details with us, especially because we all care about your recovery. Plus, its nice to hear success stories. Those are the best form of motivation for me πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 31st May 16

      Thank you Kat – I really can’t believe the support I receive from this community and ladies like you. Its truly just the best thing that’s happened to me.

  7. Aubrey @ Clusterforked | 30th May 16

    For someone who’s short on time right now, you certainly seem to be getting plenty done. I don’t think anyone is going to mind if you let the blog take a back seat for a little while while you’re focusing on the real life stuff, after all, your recovery should be the most important thing right now!
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    • Cora | 31st May 16

      Yes.. you are absolutely right. I’m definitely going to have to let the blog take a back seat. Hopefully I can find a new balance so I can still get a bit of both “lives” in.

  8. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 30th May 16

    I LOVE the Liberte yogurts. They’re some of my favorites; so much goodness, especially the lemon and coconut. Congratulations on hitting your caloric goal. It appears being home is paying off, and I am so very proud of you for taking those steps to go back there for the summer.

    Full time jobs are draining, and I understand completely about being behind in blog life. I am woefully behind as well, and I’m thinking about hitting “Mark All As Read” on my blog reader and just starting this week off fresh.

    Taking time to stop and smell the flowers, journal and do outdoor yoga are all wonderful things. I’m thrilled for you, and I look forward to doing those things again too. Like you, I am a morning bird through and through and thankfully little Ave is sleeping right now which is allowing me some much needed down time and the ability to see what you’ve been up to. Happy Monday and thanks for linking up!

    • Cora | 31st May 16

      My desktop is nearly full of cluttered saved blog posts that I never got around to reading. I’m thinking I need to follow in your footsteps, clear them all off and just start anew.
      I’m glad little Ave is letting you have your quiet morning time. It really can set you up for a good day. Thank you for your continued excitement, encouragement and support <3 <3

  9. Lyss | 30th May 16

    Rainy days, lattes, and cute cozy coffee shops make me so happy too! Barney butter is delish- especially that flavor!! I love the cocoa and coconut one too. It is so hard to balance blogging and real life- it’s much easier for me during the summer but it was so hard during school. I hope your full time job is going well though Cora! And yes- I do journal. Love it so much! Have a happy Monday πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 31st May 16

      I know you and I share our love for cozy cafes and journaling. We would be perfect coffee shop buddies.
      My job is going very well – thanks Lyss. Hope your week is off to a great start!

  10. Kristy @ Southern In Law | 31st May 16

    Um, does anyone actually eat without distractions?!! Aint nobody got time for that! πŸ˜‰

    I feel you on the busy schedule. Mine has been crazy hectic as of late but I know that it’ll settle down a little bit in a week or two once June starts and my clients aren’t running around like headless chooks trying to get everything done “before the beginning of the month”. It’s literally just a day but oh my word do people freak out about flipping that calendar page over!

    I’m definitely a morning person. By night I’m doing exactly what you do and dozing off whilst watching TV πŸ˜›

    As for balance between blogging and real life, I just fake it til I make it! Hahaha!
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    • Cora | 31st May 16

      Bahaha – right!?
      Its amazing the stigma we can create for ourselves about a specific “day” eh!? Its like it gives us that bit of validation or push to finally do things we’ve been putting off. If its this way on June 1, I wonder what your January 1 is like!!
      Regardless – so glad you know that some extra down time is coming your way very soon. That’s a nice feeling to keep in mind.

  11. Ellie | 31st May 16

    I’m no professional blogger, but I hear ya on the balance concept. One thing that helped me was being portable. Like if I have an idea, I always have my ipad or phone to write it down. I also would blog while I did easy cross training so it was like a two-for-one thing.
    I find I do really like blogging, so I try to make it something I take time to do. I do read a bit less now, but it’s worth it πŸ™‚
    I do not journal or color or really watch too much TV (this weekend being the exception because DISNEY CHANNEL ORIGINAL MOVIES!!!) not because I don’t like those things, but I forget about them when I want to read or blog.
    Don’t feel bad though, you love blogging so you’ll make it happen πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 31st May 16

      I have given up some things for blogging – but I don’t regret it because, like you, I truly enjoy it. I still wish I could do it ALL though.
      I would give up a weekend of blogging for disney movies though. Hands. Down.

  12. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 31st May 16

    Every time I read your week in reviews, Cora, I’m impressed by how much you get done! Ahhh congrats on food gawker and all of your new badges. You are doing awesome! I love a coffee shop on a rainy afternoon too. It’s way more comforting than a sunny day. But I can only take so many rainy days in a row. And I love that you get to work early to eat by yourself in the quiet, comfort and do some writing – that sounds ideal. I would probably do the same thing!

  13. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 31st May 16

    Cora–I totally hear you! Blogging is one of my favorite parts of my week, and I don’t regret starting the Hungry Caterpillar for a second–but I’m already a really busy person as a graduate student and graduate teaching assistant, and adding the blog on top means adding an additional responsibility. I seldom get enough sleep during the school year.
    The blog spam queue–so annoying!
    Congrats on meeting your calorie goal and buying the yogurt. That’s a big deal. Full fat yogurt is amazing, you’ll love it. And way to go not looking at the calories. That is so not easy.
    I used to eat Garden of the Gods Greek Honey Yogurt for dessert. If I thought of it as ice cream, it wasn’t as frightening.
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    • Cora | 2nd Jun 16

      I love blogging but man its starting to take away my precious sleep! I need to figure this balance out.
      Joyce – I just had the yogurt for the first time – oh my geeeeeeeeeezzz. That is delicious.

  14. Juli | 31st May 16

    I only get to journal whilst travelling and it’s kind of themed then πŸ˜‰ But I always love it.

    Okay completely random but why is cleaning something really gross always so satisfying? I hate vacuuming but I LOVE vacuuming when the place is really really dirty. Sadly it’s just not an option to wait until vacuuming my apartment gets satisfying ;-P

    I hope and cross my fingers for you getting in a good groove with all your goals and responasbilities without sacrificing your blog time. I know it’s often a tough one. Unreasonable priorities can be helpful! but forget that I said this πŸ˜‰
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    • Cora | 2nd Jun 16

      I don’t know why… but seeing those layers of filth – that have obviously been growing of months/years – get stripped away is like better than seeing a therapist.
      Haha! I like your advice! I think I’ll be good at that one.

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  16. Miss Polkadot | 5th Jun 16

    Late late later – that’s what my comment is and I’m sorry for that. Bumpy internet as well as my distracted mind are to blame.
    Anyway, once again I’m happy to read all your accomplishments that always show the personal growth you’re making. I don’t just mean reaching your calorie goal – go you! – but the self-discovery shining through, too. Thanks for reminding me to write out my goals though – maybe inspired by you? – I got a bit more socializing in these past days.
    I feel you on both the “less time when there should be more” and being done once you finish work. So well, don’t ask me how to balance blogging and life …
    On a last note it’s sweet you got to spend some daughter-dad time. That’s always special.

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