Labor Day isn’t until Monday and September 22 is even farther away, but summer is already over around here: Dan’s back to school. I’m working full-time… The only thing that’s still summer-like is the heat.
When this realization really sunk in this week, it was hard to be optimistic. Sure Dan only has one more year in the classroom and I am lucky to work from home. But, gosh, it’s going to be busy.
My natural coping mechanism is looking forward to something distant: When Dan graduates. Winter break. Even fall break.
I focus so much on these things that I fail to live in the moment.
Starting today, I’m going to do something about that. Sure, I’ll still be excited about the future — that’s harmless and natural. But, I’m also going to create some small daily rewards to look forward to.
It’s true that I never regret a workout… But that doesn’t make it easier to lace up my shoes on certain days. And, lately, I’ve been pretty negative about my workouts. I miss the days of running with friends or training for a goal. I need to find a way to make my workouts more inspired.
For now, I’m going to do a better job of planning ahead. I’m also going to plan for more exciting workouts. This could be as simple as DVR’ing a good show to watch while I’m running on the treadmill or a bike ride with Dan. That’s not hard, right?
Spicing Up Dinners
The tamales I made last night were more time-consuming than our usual dinner fare, Still, they very worth it considering I looked forward to making them all day!
I know myself — and I know that full out meal plans don’t work. But, I’ll be happy if I can figure out one or two new, fun dinners each week.
Enjoying Stay-at-Home Dates
Most of our dates don’t involve serenades. But, it’s rejuvenating any time that we can set aside books or laptops and just enjoy hanging out. Lately, we’ve been enjoying the cool nights by building a bonfire and kicking back in some lawn chairs… It’s about who you’re with, not what you’re doing.