Monday, September 24, 2018

Step Into My Week

Another great week has come and gone. This one was definitely a quieter one at the office since a lot of people from the specific magazine I work on were out of town. Fortunately, there were plenty of other people in the office to keep it social. I feel like each week I’ve been trying to ease into a new part of what my routine will look like here, and this past week it was all about figuring out a workout schedule. My goal for the week ahead is to figure out how to better balance work, working out, and keeping up with blogging and social media. Last week I wasn’t the best about the blog and social media aspect although I think having spent some time this weekend working ahead will help that balance to become more natural. Y’all can feel free to keep me accountable. 

Also, it's becoming apparent to me that I need to expand my work-wear color palette. 

shop this outfit here (obsessed with this jumpsuit + it's on sale) 

shop this outfit here (similar dress)

shop this outfit here (similar dress)

            Monday started off very normal and it’s still so refreshing to drive to work on Monday morning with a cup of coffee in hand excited to get to the office for the week ahead. After work I ventured to the YMCA to work toward my goal of the week of figuring out a workout schedule. Y’all, it was PACKED! If you can avoid going to the gym after work and go at some other point, do that. I had to park at the building next door since there wasn’t a single spot in the Y’s large parking lot. Fortunately, I was able to find machines to use and stayed for about an hour before heading home. I cleaned up and made myself dinner (a Meal Prep In Your Step recipe I’ve shared here) before winding down for the evening. 

            Tuesday was extremely similar although after working out I met up with my friend Macy and one of her friends for half priced margaritas at Taco Mama. It hasn’t taken me long to realize that Taco Mama seems to be a staple among people my age in Birmingham. We sat outside for about an hour before determining that it was time to head home and prepare for the workday ahead. Wednesday was really fun since I was able to help out with another local photo shoot. The shoot was for an issue nearly a year out which was just wild to me. We were outside for most of it and never have I wished for fall to come more. After work I decided to go for a long walk through my neighborhood to catch up with a friend on the phone. I’m finally starting to figure out how the roads and various neighborhoods connect. Once the weather cools off I’m excited to be able to walk to these different areas for a coffee or breakfast on a Saturday morning.

            Thursday I was able to get a ton done at work while also trying to figure out who I could convince to go with me to see Reese Witherspoon at her book tour that night. This reminded me that I need more friends than the three I’m depending on so far. Maybe that will be a goal for another week. Instead of going to that event, I took Nell and her roommates a study snack (Trader Joe’s Pumpkin O’s and Peanut Butter cups) since they had their first tests that day and had another the next day. I was convinced it would be a quick hello and drop off, but we ended up catching up for a while (long enough that we should’ve grabbed dinner like I suggested – ha). Afterward, I went home and made myself dinner. I read in bed for a while before eventually calling it a night. 

            Friday’s have quickly become my favorite day of the week since I go from 8:00-12:00 instead of my usual 7:30-5:30. After work, I went straight to the gym before coming home since I knew I wouldn’t go to the gym if I went home first. My roommate and I ordered deck furniture last weekend and have been staring at the boxes for half of this week. Once I finally hauled the boxes to our basement, I was committed to putting them together and getting them outside. It took us a while to do, but they are finally out there and fill the space nicely. That night, we invited a couple of friends to walk to Saw’s Barbecue with us for a casual dinner. We had to wait a bit to get seated, but it was good to catch up with each other while we waited. After dinner, we came back to our house and showed our friends around before deciding to sit on our newly assembled porch furniture. 

            Saturday was pretty uneventful. My roommate went to the Auburn game, so I ran errands and hung out for the most part. Nell and I went on a long walk that afternoon. Although it was the first day of fall, it didn’t exactly feel that way out. Saturday night I ordered a couple more furniture pieces for our living room and went to bed early (I need more friends here so that all Saturdays don’t turn out this way, ha!).

Sunday, I did laundry, cleaned, and eventually met Nell at the Mountain Brook library to work on blog stuff while she studied. I came home, made dinner, and finished watching a movie with my roommate. We called it a night relatively early in preparation for the week to come. 


I felt bad not sharing anything for my “lately” section, but there wasn’t much that was noteworthy. Maybe I’ll start to make this an every other week thing if it continues to be that way. 

This is a book I’ve been reading a chapter of before bed and love. If you read Love Does then you are already familiar with Bob Goff. This is his second book and does not disappoint. Each chapter has a different story/message, so it’s easy to pick up.

Watching: Southern Charm
I haven’t watched this in a few weeks and remembered that I still had some episodes in season five to get through. There definitely seems to be a decent bit of drama so far in this season which makes for entertaining TV.

Listening: Podcasts – Serial & S-Town
Some of the stuff I’ve been doing at work lately has revolved around content management and matching photos with the articles they were published with. Because of that being relatively mindless, I started listening to podcasts while I did this. I just finished the first season of Serial and am definitely behind the times with this podcasts hype. I won’t say much, but I was bummed that it went unsolved since I was very invested. On Friday I started S-Town which is by the same producers, and it has me hooked already. 

Loving: Perfect Bars
I’ve always been a big granola bar fan, and these refrigerated ones are no different. I buy mine at Trader Joes although I know you can get them from Starbucks and Amazon as well. I’ve only tried the peanut butter, peanut butter chocolate chip, and pumpkin spice ones but can recommend them all. If I had to choose a favorite, it would be the peanut butter chocolate chip. 

Wanting: To Wear Fall Clothes
At the end of each season, I am always eager for the weather to cooperate so that I can start to wear clothes for the next season. Being in Alabama, this may be a mindset I need to change. I’m kind of tired of wearing summer dresses and tops and am counting down the days until vests and sweaters can make an appearance without causing me to break into a sweat. 

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I hope that y’all had a great week. 

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