Thursday, August 18, 2016

Seattle, Day Two

There are very few ways I'd rather wake up than in the Pacific Northwest with a cat on my lap--and that's exactly the way I woke up after my first night in Seattle. Layne's cat, Max, had decided that he needed to head up the welcoming committee, so he kept me company all night. 
After we got up and ready, Layne and I headed out to Pioneer Square, which is the oldest part of Seattle. We wandered into some shops, including a bookstore with collectible Steinbeck books(!), and heard a little bit of Seattle history from a local vintage shop owner. It's such a fantastic area, and you know I'm a sucker for buildings with vines growing on them. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Until this year, I hadn't had a summer off since high school; some summers in college I took classes, and even if I didn't, my work hours generally picked up and balanced it out. After taking a job in a school district last year, that was one thing I looked forward to most, and it didn't disappoint. From spending a week in Seattle, to driving back home to hang out with my mom for a few days, and even slipping in a few multi-hour marathons of British TV on the couch, this summer was by far my best in ages.

In the type of work I do, I really feel like I have to pour everything into my job when I'm at work. When kids' futures & quality of life is a factor, there's really no half-arsing it. It's incredibly rewarding, but as an introvert, also incredibly exhausting. Weekends really don't cut it for me for self-care--especially when at least one day is usually eaten up by cleaning, groceries, and running errands. So breaks are more than good--they're necessary, and I've discovered that a school schedule is really perfect for my burnout rate.  I really can give my all when there's a light at the end of the tunnel--and I feel much better about myself and my contributions when I'm giving my all. For someone like me, who tends to struggle with self-care, sometimes a forced break is what I need to reset myself. Win-win, I guess is what I'm saying.

Not that there aren't some challenges with a wonky work schedule--mainly getting back into the work groove after a long break. Waking up early, going to bed early, making it a point to eat regular meals (since I can't just graze all day.....), making time to exercise (which I have yet to do. Eeesh.), and just generally fitting all of my to-dos into a consistent schedule have all been struggles for the past couple weeks. I think I'm starting to setting into a routine, though, and carve out time to breathe. So even though change is tough sometimes, I'm so grateful to have a job I love that really allows me breaks when I need them most.

Outfit details// dress, sunnies: F21 // tights: Target // shoes: Madewell // necklace: c/o Wild Juniper 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Seattle, Day One

Sorry for the crickets around here last week; turns out I'm the world's laziest jet-lag recoverer. I had such grand plans for my last few free days before heading back to work (including documenting my Seattle trip), but instead I slept, a lot, and binge-watched Marcella on Netflix.

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