Life, Stuff About Me

getting organized for fall

I know. This is a wellness post and it’s not Wednesday, just like my fitness post that didn’t drop on a Friday. My days are all over the place right now and it’s part of why I very much need to write this particular post. About getting organized for fall (hahaha). 

Sometime in mid-August, for no reason whatsoever, I announced on Academy Vs Audience that people should read my blog because we were getting organized for fall. Lol, what? 

In a not at all shocking turn of events, I proceeded to do nothing. In part because I had no idea where that announcement came from, but in part because I immediately started going through it. You know what it’s like. When everything just happens all at once and you absolutely cannot be alone with your thoughts because there are too many of them to reorganize into helpful patterns so why not buy a $17 cocktail and read a book somewhere loud and crowded so that the overstimulation can override said too many thoughts? 

And, honestly, sometimes that is kind of helpful too.

But things are slowing down now and I’m entering a new season of my life both literally and symbolically so… here we are, y’all. Come on with me… we’re getting organized for fall.

An Organized Home is a Happy Home

an organized home
Photo by Minh Pham on Unsplash

Hmm… maybe. Like, a hard maybe.

But my home is full of utter chaos right now (there’s been a lot of “drop and go” over the past month or so) and in approximately 7 days, I will be living alone for the first time in quite a few years. I am about due for a classic Home Organization moment. 

I will be taking a week off work in later October to really dig into this process. (Because I am vacation time rich at the moment, while not being remotely financially rich.) The Home Edit will play a big role, I imagine, with lots of acrylic sorting devices and creating “spaces” in my home. Maybe I’ll finally be emotionally ready for a little closet and book purge.

Or maybe I’ll just shove all the clutter into the closet in what used to be my roommate’s room and throw away makeup that is not yet expired and I do still wear but that stressed me out by being on the counter.

It’s impossible to say! What a fun adventure!

Meal Prep

Meal Prep
Photo by Ella Olsson on Unsplash

Long-time readers know that I love meal prep/batch cooking. This is partially because I’m not great at taking stock of my fridge or pantry and just whipping up a meal based on what I see. (I am pretty good at looking at my fridge or pantry and designing a meal prep based on what I need to use up… go figure? It just takes me longer to figure out what I’m doing, I guess.)

It’s also partially because when I get stressed or sad, I’m super bad at doing the eating thing unless it’s immediately in front of me. Like – if you made me dinner or took me to a restaurant, I’d eat some of it. If there is an already cooked meal in my fridge that I just need to heat up, I’ll eat it. But if I have to take myself to a restaurant, combine more than two ingredients, or am otherwise left to my own devices, you’re lucky if I’m eating a protein bar because it will all feel like too much. 

Meal prep helps me redefine and heal my relationship with food as something that nourishes me. I love food, I’m just bad at it sometimes. So, I am pulling out the ol’ meal prep guides (so that I don’t have to make any decisions, naturally) and dedicating a bit of time on the weekends to getting organized for fall. 

Planners Because Obviously

I mean, who doesn’t love a good daytimer? I exclusively buy the brand of planners because I like the weekly layouts and I can usually only find the 17-month versions, so there’s always 5 months that I just don’t use. But they’re usually on sale by the time I buy them in December, so you win some, you lose some. 

Anyway, I know for a fact that I can only keep myself organized and build habits when I am writing things down. I need that permanence. I write in my planner with pen. 

To be fair, I also fall off this for months at a time, but that’s okay too. Time to try again.

How Else Am I Getting Organized For Fall?

No, that’s it. Just three things. That’s probably all I can handle right now. (I mean… I used stock images for this post instead of taking my own. I’m clearly not thriving.)

It’s so important to realize you can’t change all the things at once. That’s a great way to get overwhelmed and freeze up. As someone who loves grand proclamations and making plans that never actually pan out the way I want, I’m okay with taking it slow right now. 

Maybe this is a sign that I’m finally the functional adult I’ve constantly been claiming to be.

So tell me… what little things are you doing to get organized for fall?

Fitness, Life

Walk Every Day for a Month

Hello my beautiful friends! I know you’ve been wondering where I’ve been… what I’ve been doing when I’m not writing in this space… well, if you’re on my instagram, you already know. I’ve gone for a walk every day, for at least 30 minutes, for a month.

I have to give credit where credit is due – I absolutely got this idea from Kayla Nelson. She described walking for 30 minutes as the key to health and, hey, I was done my barre challenge so why not take something else on? (Sidebar: I discovered Kayla’s youtube channel just over a month ago and I’m officially obsessed. I love her realistic approach to fitness, food and wellness.)

I think we’ve all read about the cardiovascular and muscular benefits of walking, so I’m not going to belabor that here, I’m just going to do what I do best – talk about my own experiences!

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2022 Word of the Year: Open

My friends, welcome to 2022! It is the first day of January, it’s a balmy -15 degrees outside (5 degrees Fahrenheit for those Americans out there), and I’m feeling super positive about the future.

Okay, yes, the Covid outside is Covid-y. (Omicron has hit my province, just like pretty much everywhere in Canada.) And I’m not quite sure how that’s going to impact various areas of my professional life. But my employment is stable and safe, and I know how lucky I am even during challenging times. So I’m not going to complain.

Any, hey, I didn’t have to get any emergency dental work done during the Christmas break this year! And I was able to get into and out of my parking spot as needed for the entire break.

Small victories, my friends.

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Y’all. It is crazy outside today – so cold, so blustery. It is incredibly appropriate for “at home” week on the blog because I truly do not want to be anywhere other than my home right now. Maybe getting aggressively festive with some Jingle Bell Chai and a gingerbread cookie.

(Note 1: I still have to go to work and have play rehearsal so I will not achieve that goal.)

(Note 2: When I say “it’s cold”, I mean that it is -18 and feels like -29. For those Americans or Fahrenheit fans, that’s basic -0.5, feels like -20. That’s definitely weather where the air hurts your face!)

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10 Things I've Learned as an Adult
Picture of me with a baby to demonstrate that I am, in fact, an adult not a child

I spend a lot… like a lot of time declaring myself to be a functional adult. (Usually while doing something I am trying to convince myself that I am qualified to do, like feed myself healthy meals or look after a baby.) However, now that I am solidly into my 30s… I think the time has come to not just accept that I’m a lot but to start to share the wisdom I’ve collected while making these sweeping declarations. So, without further ado, please enjoy a both serious and unserious list of the 10 things I’ve learned as an adult.

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Life, Stuff About Me

Solo Valentine's Day - stock image

I keep starting this post and then giggling about the fact that I’ve apparently made my brand “celebrating holidays at home by yourself”. But don’t we all need a little reassurance that other people are in the same boat? The same small boat that isn’t going anywhere. A small boat that is “a solo Valentine’s day”. At home.

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2021 Word of the Year - Reach

Weeeeeell… it’s January 8. Let’s just address the elephant in the room. We are a week into 2021 and I’m just posting my Word of the Year (resolution, recap, whatever) post now.

Did I mean to disappear for two weeks?

I did not.

Is it now too late to post a 2020 recap?

Yeah, it probably is.

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Culture, Life

How I'm Celebrating my Christmas Break Alone Because of Covid

It is December 23, 2020 and yesterday was my last day of work until after New Years. Almost two weeks off! Plus? I am done school for the semester and don’t go back until January 11. (Don’t worry, I am starting up both things hot after the break – the next course I coordinate starts first day back and I literally have my first school zoom on the 11th). On the one hand, this is super exciting. On the other hand, this is the time of Covid and I’ll be spending most of my Christmas break alone.

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How to Organize Your Notes for Learning

Here are some words I never imagined I would write while in my 30s – you guys, it’s midterm season! (Full disclosure – I don’t know that I actually had any midterms when I was doing either of my undergraduate degrees. And I don’t actually have midterms now in my Masters Degree, but I have a paper due soon and it’s basically the same thing.) This has been a weird semester. I know for myself, I feel like my course has just started and yet here I am. Somehow, despite keeping up, I feel like I’m also totally behind. So this weekend, I took some time to sit down, get myself organized, and reflect on what I have learned throughout my 21 years of being a scholar. Learn from my example – and mistakes – and let me present you with what I have learned about how to organize your notes for learning.

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