Perhaps It's a Monthly Thing
Right now, I'm watching True Blood. Do any of y'all remember that show? I couldn't get into it for a while because of the whole 'Twilight' phenomenon and everyone is in love with vampires. But, eventually, I jumped the bandwagon and watched the grown up vampires do what they gotta do.
I like starting these blog posts with a silly thought that has nothing to do with what I do professionally. Come to think of it... I think it's those silly thoughts is where I tend to get my inspiration. Food for thought? Anywho. It's me again, and I'm here with you now... determined to make these blogs monthly at least.
I finally got myself my new 21.5" iMac! I've been wanting a new one since fall last year, but I've been saving up my money for it. Well, I was actually saving my money for a desk first, then updating my Creative Cloud and finally purchasing the iMac. I saw the 27" at the Apple store today and thought, "Mercy! Who needs THAT much screen?" Honestly, this is plenty. And it's retina display and beautiful! It took about two hours for me to transfer info from my MacBook Pro to my iMac from the external hard drive, but it was soo worth it. Proud of myself for hanging in there (because I am impatient as heck).
Aside from getting myself a new computer to work on (and that actually runs the speed I need it to run so I can do stuff like write and edit and be more present on my blog), I've been keeping myself plenty busy. Timothy was here last week to celebrate our three year anniversary together. Three years, y'all. He became my longest relationship after a year and a half, but still - that's a real long time. It was good to be with him again, it's been months since we've last seen each other in person (March). I needed that time with him.
Work wise? Well, again... keeping myself plenty busy and hustlin' (at least that's what I'm doing in my head). I'm really happy with where I'm at but there's something that's been on my mind that I've been wanting to write about: Work-life balance.
I've been at my current position for 8 months and just when I think I have the work-life balance down, it turns out I don't. I am a Taurus. I'm stubborn but a hard-working gal. I'm stubborn when it comes to stop stressing about work. Timothy or my mom will actually have to say the words "Relax, don't stress about it," to try and get me to calm down. Does it work? Eh... not always, but sometimes hearing those words out loud helps me take a step back and look at the situation and realize, I can still be hard-worker and take time for me without having to feel guilty.
Now, I don't always submit to that type of thinking. It takes me a while to treat myself to much-needed me-time. One thing, that for sure helps me unwind is drawing and painting. I haven't been doing it as often as I would like to, but when I do - I'm completely focused. Recently, I've been working on a traditional skull tattoo with a sprinkle of gore. I'm still working on making it look the way I want it to, but it's coming along nicely (see image above for reference).
But, I don't just draw or paint to help me unwind. I've been getting more into fitness and reading on the Kindle app on my iPad Mini. Reading, releasing endorphins in a healthy way... sounds like a good plan to me *thumbs up!* I'm not really the biggest fan of reading books on a screen, but it's been convenient lately. Also, signing up for Kindle Unlimited gives me access to a lot of books for free, which I'm definitely a fan (Helloooooo murder mysteries!!).
I'm a home body, but even homebodies want to go out. Again, I'm a Taurus, so I'm stubborn when it comes to spending (minus iMac purchase), but going out with close people or sitting outside at places can be super relaxing. I like going to movies the most (probably the only bi-weekly spending, I'll do also), but it's nice to go out and walk around after a movie or just being somewhat that isn't your office chair or comfy mini couch (my chair isn't a loveseat, but it's pretty close to being couch size). Being able to put in the time for myself when I'm not worried about work, is sincerely relaxingly necessary. I love what I do, but I love maintaining my sanity just an insy bit more. What do you like to do to unwind?
Take it easy, friends. We'll chat more next time.