Weekend Fun with Sidewalk Chalk Art

I may not have a ton of time to do all the things I want to do, but I do have time to spend with my son creating art, even if it's the temporary sidewalk chalk variety. It rained on Monday and washed away our drawings, making for an unhappy B. But that's why we take pictures!

Right now, he's really into rainbows and volcanoes. We should probably take him to Hawaii.

sidewalk chalk flowers
sidewalk chalk toddler art
toddler chalk art
sidewalk chalk art
Posted on March 20, 2018 and filed under Life.

Weekly Recap: A Decent Week (3/12-3/18)

weekly recap

Back in the swing of things But Stuck in A Rut

After struggling the week after vacation to get back into the normal routine of work and workouts, last week I at least managed to wrangle my workout schedule along with work. Everything else? Nope. 

But I did at least manage to get in 4 runs, which was my goal. I also attempted yoga at home one day instead of heading to class. It was alright, and while I definitely prefer a class environment over at-home workouts, I'd like to try to get some more workouts in at home. We'll see how that goes.

I was so busy last week just trying to get my head back around work that I didn't have time for much else. I can't even really remember much about last week at this point, other than I know I was eyeball deep in work.

 I may be busy, but I'm still loving my new run routes and Salt water views

I may be busy, but I'm still loving my new run routes and Salt water views

I'm feeling sort of stuck right now in this pattern of only having time for work. It's not that I work a ton of hours. I don't. I do work full-time but I'm not pulling 80 hour work weeks most weeks or anything like that. What sucks away my time is our general household schedule. My husband's work travel is on the upswing, which means I'm on my own for much of the week and that means the only things I really have time for are work and squeezing in my workouts (which keep me sane - I'm not giving those up).

And obviously, work is important but it's not everything and it's certainly not what matters most. It is not what I'll look back on in the future and think was the most important thing, and it's not what I'll have regrets about not doing.

That's why I must - some way, somehow - make time for what matters most to me. The people, the activities, the things I want to learn. I need to start doing the things instead of talking about the things.  

Truthfully, I'm not entirely sure how to make this happen because of the schedule issues that make it hard for me to do anything I want to do beyond working out - social life/building friendships, creating art - you know, the things that matter. But with every passing week, that's another week of opportunity lost, and I'm becoming increasingly frustrated. Baby steps, I suppose. 

But as I try to muddle through figuring all that out, I'm hoping to still maintain some semblance of workout schedule and maybe actually race well again after years of illness, injury, and frustration. So as attempt to stay accountable, my friend Jenn and I decided to start a joint Instagram account to chronicle our running journeys and travels.

We live several states apart (her in PA, me in SC) and have taken several race-cations together, so we thought having an Instagram account to log our training and attempts to stay accountable would be fun. (This is also part of my larger plan to create different types of content on my regular Instagram account - baby steps.)

We'll see how often we update it, but if you're interested, you can follow us at @solesistersjourney. As always, you can find me on Instagram over at @intotheglimmer.

How was your week? What do you do to get yourself unstuck from ruts?

Workout Summary

Monday Yoga at home
Tuesday Run - 3 miles (easy)
F45 strength class
Wednesday Off
Thursday Run: 3 miles (easy)
Friday Yoga class
Saturday Run: 3 miles (easy)
Sunday Run: 6 miles (easy)
Totals 4 runs/15 miles
2 yoga
1 strength


As always, I'm linking up with HoHoRuns and Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap series.

Weekly Recap: Playing catch-up (3/5-3/11)

And Still a little behind

It's always hard for me to get back into the swing of things after coming back from vacation. Especially when we come back from vacation in the middle of the week. 

weekly recap 3/5-3/11

I spent most of last week trying to get caught up on work and freelance projects, and as a result my workouts got pushed aside. I also had a bit of hamstring and piriformis tweaking on my run on Thursday, so that kind of freaked me out and made me feel a little better about taking a rest this week. I do not want to re-injure myself and deal with that awful pain again.   

See below for my sad workout summary.

Workout Summary

Monday Walked about 10 miles all over the resort
Tuesday Travel day
Wednesday Catch up day
Thursday Run: 3 miles (easy)
Friday Off
Saturday Off
Sunday Run: 5 miles (easy)
Totals 2 runs/8 miles

While I didn't have the most stellar training week last week, this week is a new week and I'll get back on track. Since I'm not training for anything specific right now, I'm okay with that. Life happens.

 Even though I didn't get a lot of runs in last week, at least I had good views for the ones I did

Even though I didn't get a lot of runs in last week, at least I had good views for the ones I did

Speaking of life...I've got a crazy few weeks coming up with an uptick in my husband's travel schedule as well, so I'll be juggling that with the rest of life.

He recently got a promotion and while I'm glad for that, it also means we're back to more travel for him, which really affects my overall schedule and life while I'm also working full time, and building my own software and digital product design business, and attempting to do things with this blog (and related stuffs).

It's not easy, especially when I don't get much free time in the evenings because our 3-year-old is horrible with bed time (just for us, though, he's perfectly fine with sitters and with grandma and grandpa who watched him while we were on vacation). Most nights it's a several hour ordeal and by the time I'm finished with that, I'm too tired to do anything else.

Maybe I need to start drinking coffee at 3 pm like I used to when I worked in an office (as opposed to working from home like I do now). 

In related news, I've been working on focusing (re-focusing) my general goals, including this blog, my related Instagram account, and the larger life plans I have to go with it.

 Planning tools for upping my blog and creative game

Planning tools for upping my blog and creative game

Over the past year, after dealing with constant illness and injury in addition to being very busy with work and side projects, I got very discouraged and didn't really post much more than weekly recaps. Even those have been pretty half-hearted, too. There's only so much you can write about when you aren't training for anything and you're sick (again...again...again). 

But anyway, I have plans and I'm trying to figure out the best way to accomplish them without also losing my mind. More Charleston, more travel, more art, more actually doing the things. I'm thinking a second pot of coffee in the afternoons so I can stay up a bit later might be a good start.

How was your week? Do you have trouble getting back into a regular routine after a vacation?


As always, I'm linking up with HoHoRuns and Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap series.