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Week In Review: What Makes You Feel Productive?

You know when life feels tough, even the smallest of things can feel like milestones? That was definitely a feeling I had a number of times last week. Sometimes the most simple tasks take even more effort to get out and do. Get me to feel accomplished about commuting to three appointments in one day?… mmm, maybe. But getting to the store to buy toothpaste? Bam. I deserve a throne. 

What made me feel bad ass productive last week?

Thanks to Meg for the pat on the back 

Like I said… I bought toothpaste.

AND contact solution

I even got a load of laundry done

I baked. Two things:

Kat’s Blueberry Banana Muffins which are soft and light and delightful

productive muffins

…with added chocolate chips

And some baked oatmeal using this recipe. I halved the recipe but kept in the full egg – I like my baked oats dense and spongey. I added blueberries and, bet you can’t guess….chocolate chips. 

productive oatmeal bake

Seems to be a theme these days

I needed some soothing. As is the case most weeks. I gave myself a number of acts of self care that had been missing in my routine lately. 

I went for two morning walks. I used to go on these all the time guys. It actually makes me sad to realize I’ve been neglecting them. But, I got back to it a bit and each one felt really nice. 

productive walk

….I took pictures in the sun

And after one, picked up a latte on my way back. That was also very, very nice. 

I listend to my cravings on my way home from the other and made myself a surgery iced coffee to go along with my breakfast. I think that’s a first. Ever. (hot always win in the morning). 

I had a couple short but sweet sit downs in the park – thrown in amidst our super annoying weather (grumble grumble mad mad grr)

During one I skimmed through two plays I thought I wanted to read. Only to learn, I do not want to read them. So although nothing was “completed” I learned I can let those ones go, and that felt just as productive. 

I bought a gift

I went to my final class of the film workshop I’ve been taking. It’s been so helpful and I feel so so much more ready to take on this industry. That shift of attitude feels productive in of itself. 

I had a really peaceful night with my watercolors. Unplugged, with Randy Bachman’s Vinyl Tap in the background. I even came out with two pieces I’m actually happy with – for gifts. 

Things that make me feel less productive?

I went to the dentist. Then I killed three hours at home with the most frozen face (yes – entire FACE) I’ve ever had. It was dinner time and I couldn’t eat. Spending that time alone at home was a big achievement, I’ll give you that.

…actually… the freezing was friggen hilarious and added some lightness to my week. 

During said time I organized and deleted the latest batch of pictures on my computer

I saw a new therapist. Meh. Paying $100 to just talk about your history – as is required on those first sessions – always feels like a total blow. I also don’t know how I feel about her, but I have to give it a chance. 

Also saw the nutritionist again. 

I published a post on recent eats (who wants cake?) and wrote about how I’m doing lately

What makes you feel like a bad ass? External or internal achievements? #weekinreview… Click To Tweet

Its interesting to see the things that actually make me feel productive – like, you know, that really happy, achieved feeling deep down in your soul? – vs the things that actually don’t give me any of that feeling. Its usually the things that externally, or “on paper,” are achievements that I kind of throw away, while the things that are maybe smaller or more geared inward are the things that make me feel strengthened. Behind my throne you may put up a plaque that says

She bought toothpaste

She rolled on grass

She colored in bed

Yeah, she’s a bad ass

Tell me,

What makes you feel productive? Checking off a bunch of appointments and “must dos,” or doing something new for yourself?

In the morning – coffee hot or cold?

15 COMMENTS

  1. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 19th Jun 17

    I definitely have those weeks where the smallest things are huge wins, and that’s fine. I’ve come to realize not everything I do has to be accomplishing – some things are just as they are. That picnic table in the woods and sunshine looks SO peaceful – I’d be there all the time. A nice place away from the craziness in this world 🙂
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  2. Jamie@TheMomGene | 19th Jun 17

    I want that plaque! I want it on my front door and on my mirror and as a bumper sticker on my car! Also, if you need extra cash, I think you should go in to photography because those pictures are dreamy. They make me want to walk in the light with you. Here’s to hoping…
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  3. Evangeline | 19th Jun 17

    Well that’s the thing, when we write out the things we accomplished that gave us that deep, soul satisfying nourishment, they seem silly and insignificant, and I think that’s A) because we start to compare our accomplishments to the accomplishments of other people and B) we just don’t have adequate words to express how totally awesome those feel. It’s like when we experience an incredible sunset or a refreshing walk (maybe like one of the morning walks you took last week), we try to take a picture, to capture all the exuberance and the colors and the emotion, but the picture can’t explain it all or completely convey all that we feel. Words do a better job, but they fall short some times too.

    I haven’t created any artwork for far too long, and your watercolor work inspired me. Also, you should show us the finished pieces. I bet they’re lovely. Kat’s muffins look killer. And extra chocolate additions just add to your badassery.
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  4. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 19th Jun 17

    AMAZING. I think you deserve a throne always, but particularly for toothpaste. Anything that I cna “cross off a list” or look at and see that I have produced (yeah, “production”) makes me feel productive. Like, studying for a test is a no but making muffins is a yes. Tis a silly world we live in.
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  5. danielle | 19th Jun 17

    you are a badass and of course you deserve a throne!!! and an ornate crown and. every week i make it without exploding, kicking off the grid, losing my nut completely, runnign down the road nude, or avoid getting shat upon is a good week. toothpaste is LIFE my friend. it means that you can take care of your self. and that’ srather important. you are queen of badassery. don’t be mistaken. i’m inspired by all the things you do and have done, makes me feel like damn, that’s so badass, if i had half the balls i couldn’t even fathom. you do things that would make my head explode and even on your days of struggle you still inspire just by sharing and making it through. walks in the morning are a force to be reckoned with as well as sweet ice coffees. these little moments are golden!

  6. Emily Swanson | 19th Jun 17

    I need to go to the dentist; I’m always scared about going because I’m afraid what they’ll tell me, but I need to be brave and courageous about it. And I LOVE morning walks; they are so fun to do with the huskies. They really give me that dose of fresh air and remembering that God’s mercies are new every morning.

    Also that blueberry chocolate chip combo just sounds really good.
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  7. Patricia @Sweet and Strong | 19th Jun 17

    Morning hot coffee, afternoon iced, but I do sometimes add cold brew to my post workout smoothies in the morning. And you def had a productive week, when I pay the bills, make phone calls, appointments, check off things on my to do list, that’s when I feel productive. Oh and having the house all cleaned 🙂
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  8. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 19th Jun 17

    Ha! It’s really insightful what you’re saying here. It’s funny what kinds of things make me feel productive, too. Cleaning. Cleaning always makes me feel productive. And reading, even if it’s just for fun. Buying groceries and cooking always feels frivolous and a waste of time–even if it’s for the blog. Weird.
    Sorry about the bleh weather. Glad you got out some anyway. 🙂
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  9. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 19th Jun 17

    Toothpaste purchasing = bad ass! For sure. 🙂

    I think I’m most happy about the attitude shift to “I’ve got this,” because I so know you do. It’s nice you realize it now too.

    I know those therapy appointments are expensive, but it’ll be worth it in the long run. Also the shot of the picnic table surrounded by trees is beautiful. love it. You should blow it up, print it out and frame it. For real.

    Happy Monday Lovely. Have a wonderful week.
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  10. Ellie Pell | 19th Jun 17

    I’m into cold brew coffee right now, and I don’t really drink it until 11AM when I get through the beginning stuff at work. I’m more of a lemon water person with breakfast. I want to try nitro brew soon, looks interesting 🙂
    I like making lists for things I absentmindedly forget like soap, paper towels or ketchup. It is a nice boost when you remember to do it, a reward for the brain I suppose.
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  11. Hannah | 20th Jun 17

    Doing things I want/need to need to do definitely feels more productive than doing outside obligations. Especially during weeks like yours where the outside obligations are squeezing you. You definitely deserve the throne and the plaque.

  12. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table | 20th Jun 17

    I think that sounds like a lovely way to be productive! I also need toothpaste… and lotion. Im in a hotel and all I have to do is walk downstairs. Yet I have not. At least I got up and went to the gym!
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  13. Kat | 20th Jun 17

    I seriously miss walks but with this weather we are having right now, just being outside to walk to my car is like a slow death. Unfortunetely those walks will have to wait probably until fall now…which really sucks now that I really think about it!
    Speaking of hot, even though its already 80 degrees by 5am where I’m at, I’m STILL drinking my coffee hot. It’s more of a habitual thing I think – but I’m just not ready to give it up!
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  14. Bethany | 20th Jun 17

    Checking off a list and having a clean house makes me feel productive.

    Hot coffee all the way!

  15. Kaylee | 23rd Jun 17

    Your photos look amazing! I love when the sun light streaks appear like that. Magical. Yay for listening to yourself, both at breakfast (which looks de-freaking-licious by the way) and when reading those plays.

    Ughhh I’m so tired of repeating my same story to numerous dieticians and therapists… I feel ya. As humans I know it’s to fall into the judgment trap instantly so applauding you for allowing yourself that time to adjust to the therapist.
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