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Monday, July 15, 2013

COUNTRY LIFE & SLOWING DOWN

Julip Made country life13 I need to be honest with you all.
I know it has probably already been evident based on the slow wane of my posts over the past few weeks, but I wanted to tell you all up front.  I am a burnt out.  I feel like I have been going, going, going over the past few months like a hamster on a wheel without slowing down.  It has started to affect my mood, my sleep schedule, to a certain extent... my health (gym, what gym?), and then my time spent on this blog/ social media with you all.

I've never been one to shy away from stress or a full plate and actually think I do better with a certain level of stress and activities on my agenda.  For example in college, balancing academics while playing varsity soccer and being in a sorority actually helped me to time manage and focus on the task at hand.  However, recently I feel like I have been trying to do so much and as a result I haven't been giving anything my full attention.

Another confession, adding to my 9-5 workload, the blog, my freelance work, and life in general, the Boy and I have been house hunting.  I'm not sure if you are familiar with the DC area housing market, but it is TIGHT and stressful.  We have been blessed to be working with a FABULOUS realtor (seriously use her!) and I am blessed to have a truly supportive and hardworking partner, but still it is just one more thing on my plate.  Don't get me wrong, I am so so grateful to be in the position that we are looking for a house and that I do have the Boy, Odin, my job, my freelancing, the blog (including you all wonderful readers).  I wouldn't wish to be at any other point in my life because I know I need to go through all of this to grow and to get to the next stage in my life/ career.

I think I am just realizing that I need to be more intentioned with my time and when I am devoting time to a task, to be 100% focused on that task.  I also need to be more aware of maintaining a balance in life.  If this means only posting 3 quality posts a week, instagramming only one of my meals/outfits/sightings, tweeting a handful of times a day, then so be it.  I'm ok with that.

My intent with this post isn't to complain, but more to be honest with you and let you all know where I'm at.  I haven't forgotten about this blog or my lovely readers.  This post is a way to center my thoughts and to create a pathway forward to tackle everything on my plate, but to still maintain balance.

Below are some pictures from the moments I have been able to slow down and take a breath and focus on the good stuff in life out in the most relaxing place I know... the country. 
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5 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos. They really do make you slow down, don't they? Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I totally feel you on the feeling overwhelmed front -- too many things, not enough hours! These photos are just lovely though and definitely added a bit of calm to my day :)

    xo, Liz
    {What Dress Code?}

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  3. Thanks for sharing! It's so good to hear your perspective. I can definitely relate (full time job, blogging, travel, etc.). Reading a book right before I go to bed usually helps me unwind. Even if I only read a few pages, it takes my mind off of the stress and what I have to do the next day!

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  4. the summer is def not the time to stress! i make lists and use my calendar for scheduling to make sure i am not over booked but doing all i want. hope you are stressfree soon!

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  5. Julie I literally wrote a post on Intentional Time today: http://www.sheismoments.com/2013/07/intentional-time.html

    Thank you for your honesty about this and just take your time. YOU time is necessary.

    I almost bought last year in Arlington and then didn't. Glad I made the decision but the idea of hunting again is intense. Keep us posted on your progress and never forget that the right house is out there just waiting for you and your growing family!

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