Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Turn The Volume Down





Sometimes, you have to just turn the volume down when you can. Turn the brightness down where you can.

Sometimes you get so carried away with failing at keeping a healthy work/life balance. Sometimes all you have the space in your heart and head for are sleep, puppy cuddles, and what little time you can eke out to see your husband -- whose head is also crowded with work.

So, when those times arrive, you just have to sit and listen. Turn the volume down. Close your eyes. Close yourself off from all of that noise, that clutter. Allow yourself to turn off. Allow yourself to sleep in. Allow yourself quiet moments where you don't need to turn on, be anyone, do anything.

Allow yourself to go weeks without blogging.

I'll never be a consistent 5-days-a-week-every-single-week blogger. Sometimes I just don't have anything to say. Sometimes I have nothing to share, because life has carried away with me.

(But I always come back.)

I have a lot of work to do on time management. I need to set better work boundaries. I need to take care of myself. I am burning out, losing my joy.

There need to be changes.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 18


Week 18 was a productive, creative week. I got a lot of blogging done, writing, reading... I felt good. My week went well. Jordan got to spend some time at home as he was in-between phases (and by some time, I mean like... a few hours -- but they were precious!).



Wally definitely missed Jordan an awful lot -- Jordan plopped down on the floor and Wally bombarded him with kisses. It was really sweet!


 It was a really positive week (along with some good news at work, which put me in a pretty good mood)! I'm really looking forward to Jordan completing Dev Bootcamp, so the stories I include in these pages are less Kayla-centric and more family-centric... it's only a matter of time. It's about half-way done now, so it's getting closer!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Because Cookies!


I've been sitting on this Andes Mint cookie recipe for a couple weeks now, just waiting for a chunk of free time that would allow me to bake a batch. Lo and behold, while waiting for my passenger side car window to be replaced (long story, thanks Oakland, I forgive you but seriously though) -- it's time to bake!




I replaced Andes Mints with Ghiradelli dark chocolate with mint filling squares, and just cut them each in half. My local grocery store only carries Andes Mints during the holidays, I guess (?!) so this was a totally worthy substitute... especially considering a) I used Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate chips, and b) Ghiradelli chocolate is delicious. So, instead of Andes Mint cookies, these are technically Ghiradelli chocolate mint cookies. Upgrade!


They make a delicious breakfast, too. I know because I ate about five. :)

Monday, May 19, 2014

Hello, Monday: What's The Scariest Thing You've Ever Done?


Happy Monday, dear friends. Starting this week off right with an amazing TED talk by Chris Hadfield, astronaut, author, and all-around badass. The video description:

There's an astronaut saying: In space, "there is no problem so bad that you can't make it worse." So how do you deal with the complexity, the sheer pressure, of dealing with dangerous and scary situations? Retired colonel Chris Hadfield paints a vivid portrait of how to be prepared for the worst in space (and life) -- and it starts with walking into a spider's web.




Shut up, Chris Hadfield, you fabulous, inspiring mustachioed spaceman.
And by shut up I mean please teach me everything you know, I love you.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wanting


I want to get enough sleep.
I want to remember to wash my face every day.
I want to let out a good, hearty belly laugh once daily at least.
I want to take care of my body and love it with all of it's fabulous flaws.
I want to let myself off the hook for sneaking a piece of bacon once in awhile.
I want to represent myself honestly, no matter what the medium.
I want to remember that my job is just a job.
I want to spend more time with my husband, our dog, and our cats.
I want to get more sun and not turn bright pink for a week.
I want to ask myself "is this something I really need?" more often.
I want to feel good about saying yes, and
I want to feel just as good about saying no when I need to.

All worthy endeavors.

I'm off to write "remember your sunscreen" on my bathroom mirror.