This’ll be my first “virtual coffee date.” I’ve had a lot of thoughts tumbling around in my head and they aren’t exactly jiving into any one category. So instead, I’ll just sit down and chat with you just like we were grabbing coffee (by the way, I usually order a soy or almond milk latte or a mocha, what do you get?).
If we were to have coffee together, I’d tell you that…
This week has been emotional. Between the Orlando shooting and the child not much older than Siena who was taken away by a crocodile, my heart broke this week. The mom in me can’t help but put myself in the shoes of that poor mother and my heart breaks for her. The Orlando shooting was terrifying and has really had me reflecting on what our country is turning into. There is too much hate.
I miss Siena every single work day. She is changing and growing so quickly and I feel like I’m missing out on the little moments. I don’t get enough quality time with her and I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching to figure out how to change that.
I’ve had a lot of workout highs lately. I started another 21 Day Fix challenge group this week and I’m doing the original 21 Day Fix (in the past I’ve done Extreme) for the first time (and I’m so sore!). Becoming a Beachbody Coach again was a really great decision. I’ve joined an inspiring group of coaches this time and I’m learning a lot more about the business than last time. But that’s not what makes me happy – it’s helping people. I’ve loved hosting the challenge groups and seeing people make incredible, potentially life long changes in their habits which will make them healthier and happier in the long run.
With just five months to go until the New York Marathon, it’s time to start thinking about training plans. I did some research and got a little overwhelmed and then researched coaches and decided that wasn’t the route I want to go either. Ultimately, my goal for the race is to train well and enjoy the race. As of now I don’t plan to “race” it. I want to run strong, enjoy the day and not be totally ruined from an intense effort so that I can’t enjoy being a tourist in New York afterward. This is my happy, bucket list race. BQ and PR races are still in my future but for now, it’s just time to enjoy running for what it is.
Trump potentially becoming President really frightens me. I’m NOT one to talk politics on my blog, so I won’t go in too deep on this one, but seriously – it scares me that he’s even gotten this far and scares me even more to think of what he could do with control of our country.
I’m counting down the days until I don’t have to pump anymore! I literally am. I made an excel spreadsheet. 65 work days to go!
I’m obsessed with podcasts lately. They have turned my 20-30 minute daily commute into educational, inspiring and/or entertaining moments for myself. My go-tos are Running on Om (favorite), NPR politics, Team Beachbody, Rich Roll and Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield. I tend to listen to the more educational ones on the way to work and more entertaining ones on the way home.
Siena is doing great with Baby Led Weaning (is anyone interested in a full post on this?) and is now eating three meals and a snack a day. We started sending food to day care about two weeks ago and it seems to be going well so far. It’s not a lot of extra work to send the food – I just prepare a little more for dinner and also make one big thing in advance (such as these oatmeal spinach pancakes or these frittata fingers).
What is new with you? What would you tell me if we went out for coffee? How’s training, how’s parenting, how’s life?
So many thoughts on this one. First of all, we have the same taste in podcasts and I am equally as obsessed. I just started listening to Amy Porterfield about two weeks ago and that’s been awesome. Tons of great ideas on there and it helps me in my professional life BIG time.
Second, I am also terrified at the thought of Donald Trump becoming our POTUS and it saddens me. There is enough hate and discrimination in this world, we don’t need it coming from our leader too. It’s a crazy time.
Third, I miss you and I want a REAL coffee date with you ASAP! I will text you and we will put something on the calendar for real. My running is kinda sorta getting better so I think I can hang. 🙂 Coffee afterwards would make it totally worth it. We have so much catching up to do. HUGE ass hugs!
Yesss I want a real coffee date too! Let’s plan it!
How funny that you’re listening to the Amy Porterfield podcast too!
I would like you to write a post on Baby Led Weaning! My baby is 5 months, so we’ll be starting soon-ish with solids. I also hear you on not spending enough time with your baby. 🙁 It’s a bit heartbreaking how little time working mothers and fathers have with their children. I wish there could be a better balance – at this point I don’t want to be a SAHM, but work takes too much time. We’ve come so far, but still have so far to go…
I love this post! Double soy latte for me, please!
I have started this comment about five times, but, 8-month-old. I know you get it! Speaking of the little dude, he transitioned from staying with my mom while I work to full time daycare this week. The first few days were rough, but he’s adjusting well now. I’m so happy that he seems to love one of his teachers in particular, but I always feel a bit of a twinge of… something… when I see them together. Like I should be the one hanging out with him all day, troubleshooting naps, playing outside, watching him get better at eating real food. But love just multiplies love, right? So the more people he learns to love early, the better he will be at it growing up. That is what I’m telling myself.
That same theme is what I keep repeating about the Orlando shootings. I’m in Tampa and have a friend who lives across the street from Pulse, so this hit really close to home. Love multiplies love – I hope everyone responds this way and we are a better country for it.
I’m so impressed that you’ve been able to keep up with training while back at work! Juggling all of the priorities is so tough. You’re a rockstar for sticking with pumping for so long. Our breastfeeding experience has been as easy as they come (I’m so thankful!), but pumping at work is still no fun. You’re so close to the finish line!
I hope you make these posts a regular thing – so much fun! Have a fabulous, baby-snuggles-filled weekend!
Thanks for catching up with me Jessica! I’ll definitely be keeping them up!
I just went back to work two weeks ago after my maternity leave ended. Instead of going to my old full time job, I took a different part time job in my field. Is that a possibility for you? It was a pay cut, but still workable, and I have more of the time you’re talking about. It was very worth it to make the change. I hope you can find a setup that works better for you!
It might be! I’m definitely doing my homework on how to make something like that work. To be continued… 🙂