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Work Life Balance for Twenty-Somethings

How was your weekend?! Welcome, Monday. Not 🙂 Whether we welcome it or not, it’s here. After starting my career in marketing, it took me about 4-5 months to figure out a balance between social outings, exercise, home-cooked food, commute, studying holistic nutrition, and writing this blog. Below you’ll find all the tips and tricks that have helped me finally figure it out. A perfect post for a twenty-something trying to fit it all in.

Tripod Headstand

Can we start off with having a relaxing / productive Sunday night? Yesterday before dinner, I lit candles, played music, and headed right for my yoga mat. I’m determined to practice and master the headstand. I know many people have mastered it already – as it’s all over Instagram, but I have a lot of fun challenging myself against myself. I’ll keep you posted once I get there!

Meal Prep

Remember this post? Prepping for lunches, snacks, and dinners is key if eating home cooked food is important to you. As a twenty-something, there’s no better way to save money than bringing your own lunch and cooking dinner at home. If you’re the opposite of a morning person, try packing your lunch the night before. That way, all you’ll have to do is grab it and head out the door! As for dinner, if it’s half cooked/prepped and you only have 20 minutes of cooking to do, you’ll be much more likely to tackle the task instead of ordering takeout on your drive home.

Schedule or Plan for Exercise

Whether signing up for a gym class ahead of time so you know you won’t cancel, or penciling in that Monday, Wednesday, Friday are gym days while Tuesdays and Thursdays are home workouts – plan it. Hold yourself accountable. Eventually you’ll have a solid routine going. Your body will want to wake up for yoga and it will crave that body pump class after sitting at your desk all day. Sure, sometimes things happen – allow them to.  Don’t miss every work outing, happy hour with your friends, or that special dinner date. Just be mindful! Only have one drink if you’ve planned on going to the gym at 6AM the next day. I do this all the time!  Be accountable, mindful, flexible, and it will all work out.

Hang with Friends

Nothing gets me through the work week more than having a fun plan to look forward to! Last week I had friends come over to my apartment, which couldn’t be more ideal!  Make a plan to cook dinner together, meet for dinner, watch the sunset, or have a drink. For me, having at least one fun plan really mixes up the week and makes my heart happy. I love studying holistic nutrition, but taking a night to do nothing but giggle away with a friend and a glass of vino is SO necessary!

Save Errands for Lunch Break or Weekends

Who likes errands? No one! Especially after work. 5 minutes into my post-work errand, I’m cranky, hungry and ready to go home! I started using my lunch break to run to the store, return clothes I didn’t like, or even fill up the gas tank. Taking a break and physically leaving work also gives me the chance to refresh and clear my head for an hour before entering a productive afternoon.

 

Those are the 4 keys to my weeks. There’s definitely spontaneity thrown in the mix and sometimes I have to be flexible. Overall sticking to a routine really helps me get by. It’s just how my brain works! I’m about 100% happy with my schedule now whereas a few months ago I felt like I had no time to myself! It’s all about planning. It may seem hard at first, but after a few days or weeks, I bet you’ll start to love it!

CHEERS  to a balanced week!

  • Who else is looking forward to a 3 day weekend next weekend?!
  • What’s your #1 tip for staying balanced during the week?
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So Long Sweet Summer, Hello Routine

Where have you been for the past 4 months?

I’ve been here, there, everywhere. I know technically Summer is not over, but my heart has moved on to Fall – insert: cozy sweaters, pumpkin candles, comfy blankets, apple picking, fall leaves.. You know the drill! Also, insert: ROUTINE. Summer is that one season in New England when the weather won’t tragically impact your plans, and so, we plan nonstop. Each week I had a whole new weekend plan to look forward to whether to the lake, beach, barbecue, concert, week long vacation, happy hour, sunset, evening walk, farmer’s market.. The list goes on and on!

Summer consisted of a few major activities too..

 

I am enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and am on my way to becoming a Certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach.

Apartment Keys
I moved into an apartment with a man who thinks he’s better at washing dishes than I am, so I’d say I hit the jackpot in more ways than one 😉

Hilton Head Island

I went on a vacation to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with my man, my parents, and my sister for a week of beaches, bike rides, happy hours, and laughter.

My PiYo DVD

I received my PiYo Certification and will soon be on the lookout for teaching opportunities at local gyms and studios. This awesome workout is a fushion of some of my favorite things – the perfect blend of yoga and pilates inspired movement in a fast-paced format.

 

All of my current goals have definitely fallen into place and it couldn’t be a better feeling. Now, onto the next ones in this twenty-something adventure.. One of them being you – and this blog.

What did you enjoy most this Summer?

Sunset Wine

I’ll CHEERS to that!


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20 Something Tips: Let Go, Add Happiness

Nothing like advice on ‘how to live’ after you’ve survived your Monday morning 😉 Every once in a while, I like to browse inspiration lists about letting go, stepping forward, adding happiness, etc. These lists spark wisdom, motivation, & maybe even a little clarity within me. It helps to reflect upon myself, while creating a healthy compare & contrast to see where I’m currently at & where I want to go. It’s always great to hear from someone older, or anyone at all, to see where they have made mistakes in hopes that we avoid them. However, at the same time, we all have our own unique story. Sometimes the worst mistakes end up carving out the best path. So, instead of taking each piece of advice to heart, I like to take bits & pieces to relate to the way my life is going right now. There’s both comfort, relief & humor when you can relate to someone else, knowing you aren’t the only one thinking or feeling this way! Hopefully the ideas below help you to move forward or at least help you start your week with a clear, more peaceful mind.

Best Advice in 3 Words

25 Things You’ll (eventually) Want to Tell Your Younger Self

8 Things Not to Stress About

Time to get deep! Much of the lists above tell us that we worry too much about things out of our control, we care what others think about us, & we don’t always believe in ourselves. I’m a firm believer in letting go. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make me an expert. I’m continuously working on it & recently became a fan of this particular mental exercise. This may not fly with some of you, but I loved it & 100% trust that it works. Gather some scraps of paper & jot down whatever negativity, doubt, or thought that you have reoccurring in your mind. Get creative, this can be anything. The only key is that you must be ready to let it go. Then, take these scraps & head to your fireplace ASAP. Throw one in at a time & watch it burn away into nothing. Watch it physically disappear & feel it mentally disappear. If this seems too much for you, I’ve also heard ripping up the scraps & throwing them away works just as great. Bye-bye useless thoughts! Honestly, I’ve been much more positive after doing this. Whenever the negativity tries to seep in, I immediately do my best to shut it off. Of course this is all a work in progress, but I no longer allow doubt, fear, or unhealthy comparison within my mind.

Letting Go

Have you ever tried exercises similar to this? I’d love to hear about them!

What are your tried & true tips for letting go?

CHEERS to a fresh, new week!


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Ted Talk & a MUST read: “The Defining Decade”

“Forget about having an identity crisis & get some identity capital. … Do something that adds value to who you are. Do something that’s an investment in who you might want to be next.” – Meg Jay, PhD

Last Spring I discovered the amazing Ted Talk by clinical psychologist Meg Jay, “Why 30 is not the New 20.” This video is an eye-opening explanation to why your 20’s matter & highlights the consequences that follow when you treat your 20’s as a throwaway decade. For someone who currently feels like ages 23 & 24 are quarter-life crisis years, I was thrilled to hear proven facts along with tried & true stories from others my same age. I wanted even more, so I purchased her book titled The Defining Decade: Why your twenties matter & how to make the most of them now. It’s an easy 200 pages featuring relatable material on work, love, & forward thinking with experiences from REAL people.

If you’ve ever questioned where you currently stand as a post-graduate, wondered if you ‘should be’ traveling the world right now like all of your  ‘friends’ on Facebook, or felt overwhelmed by the many different directions to choose from, then this is THE BOOK (& video) for you .. From my take as a twenty-something, there’s no way you can’t relate even in the slightest to 1 of the 3 options above.

Take 15 minutes out of your day today to enjoy this inspiring wake-up call, you deserve it!

What was most relatable to your life? I suggest buying her book ASAP – I got mine on Amazon for a price comparable to a delicious glass of wine!

CHEERS to being a twenty-something? 😉


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the person YOU decide to be.

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

My name is Paige, I am a twenty-something finding my way through post-grad life. Throughout 2013, I was waiting for my destiny. Yes, I amped up my resume. Yes, I applied to jobs. Yes, I wanted to start a career. I didn’t get any bites. A year ago, I thought the cards were in my favor. I would work through the not-so-worth-it internships & part-time jobs, & by the end of the year the stars would be aligned. Why? Well, BECAUSE, I wasn’t putting up with all of this mediocre stuff for nothing.

Turns out, for now, that it was all for nothing because I continuously waited  for something better to come along. Guess what? I’m tired of waiting!! I’m going to create the ‘something better’ because the ball is in my court. It’s my turn to make decisions for myself, rather than waiting for others to make decisions for me. Happiness is a choice & I’m deciding to be happy. It’s time to fully live through my passions & share them, right here. Who knows what will come of it, or if anyone will read it. All I know is that I’m ready to show the world that I’M HERE & no longer waiting.

CHEERS to 2014, raising a champagne glass filled to the brim with exciting uncertainty!