I’m ambitious this semester with three classes. Now that I’ve got a handle on what grad school looks like and the expectations I feel better prepared and I do NOT want to drag this degree out for three years. I’m excited about my classes! I’m getting into the nitty gritty of Human Resources and there are some legit HR people I’ll get to work with, so I’m looking forward to hearing from their perspectives. Also, my teachers this semester seem pretty cool.
To prep, I got a new smaller backpack to hold a book or two and my awesome Surface Go. I literally walk into the office with three different bags, my lunchbox and my coffee every morning. It’s ridiculous. My purse, of course, my school bag and now my gym bag! I use an access card to get in the door, so that makes it even more fun juggling everything! At least they’re cute bags…I tell myself as I try not to drop everything. I also got a small weekly whiteboard to keep me focused and organized with what I should be working on that week. Can’t be in denial if it’s right in my face! I will be doing a ton of reading and writing this semester, but NO VIDEOS. So happy about that.
I’ve been pretty consistent about going to the gym. There is a small window between getting off of work and picking up the kids where I can workout and I attend a group session once a week to keep me motivated and hang with likeminded folk. Last week there were too many appts and Jason wasn’t able to grab the kiddos for me, so I managed to attend a yoga class which was thoroughly enjoyable. Working out is keeping me sane. Even if it’s just 20 minutes of cardio, my body and brain are much happier for it.
I’m trying to capitalize on this get r dun energy and set myself up for success. The last thing we decided to do was get some cleaning help. We’re perfectly capable of cleaning our house. It’s not squeaky clean by any means, but we can maintain our household. However, I spend more time cleaning than relaxing and with being in school again, something has to give. We have a friend of a friend coming over this evening to give us a quote on a once a week, hit the big stuff, cleaning. If she can sweep and mop, vacuum and clean our bathroom that’s hours I can devote to homework, family time or recuperation from a tough week. I’m finding that choosing where to devote time is a make or break decision. It’s kind of funny having to hire multiple people to do the job I was doing as a stay at home mom. Cleaning, after school and holiday care, dog walker etc. I love working, but at some point I start to wonder if it makes sense monetarily. This is an investment in our future…I tell myself as I fork over money to someone else to do things I used to do for free.
I’ve finally figured out how this working full-time things actually plays out. I really struggled with being at work when my work was completed. Why am I here if I technically don’t have anything to do. I’m wasting my time, your time and money. Apparently, that’s okay. Downtime is built into the day. I had to shift my focus from an hourly employee watching the clock, to a salary employee who’s paid to get a job done and be available for anything that comes up. I’ve also learned what to do with that downtime and incorporate it into a bigger picture, one that is less rigid and more relaxed. I didn’t necessarily change my work ethic, just how I view how my time is spent. It’s been a game changer.
Except for today when Henry is sick and I’m home for a few hours. At least I get to blog a little and cuddle my puppers.