Staying Home, but not on Vacation

Every vacation at home is not necessarily a “stay-cation.” This week I got to stay in my house and do what I wanted. Except, I looked at my to-do list and it read all these things EYE didn’t necessarily want to do:

  • Finish Progress Reports
  • Work on IEP’s
  • Update my blog
  • Finish current book
  • Start a new book
  • Submit resignation
  • Take a break from Twitter
  • Finish listening to the podcast Missing Richard Simmons
  • Find a new OB/GYN

You get the idea… Basically, I’m still busy, just in a different setting. As far as how to manage the time, I tried my best to reduce my TV intake (even though I’m falling behind on a lot of shows!) and attempted to do the least-desirable things first. Well, that didn’t work out too well. I really wonder how people who work from home get anything productive done. I guess for money’s sake, it gets done.

Firstly, I looked around my apartment Tuesday and decided I could not relax in mess. I had to clean the living room, take care of the bathroom and finally clean out the trash bin (you know, get all in there and wash out those smells.) After that, I didn’t want to do anything else that day. I cooked the night before, so that covered us through Tuesday.

On Wednesday, I overslept and was feeling off. I really hate waking up close to midday, as it feels like I almost lost the whole day. I talked to my cousin in Costa Rica, as she happened to take some “sick days” and is usually good with cheering me up. Then I texted my therapist (“I know I said I was taking a week off…but…”) I ate some cereal, however really did not have much appetite. I spent most of the day scrolling through Twitter, thinking, I really need a break from this. I caught up on some paperwork, and looked at my work email. There was a request in there. I dismissed it, annoyed.

Today, I woke up in a better mood. I took my braids out, put a little make-up on, time for a new vlog! I spent over an hour trying to get the video right, but my iPad and its shitty storage had another plan for me. Then I had to go from 12 minutes, to 8, to a little over 6 minutes. After the 6th take, I still posted the vlog. I’ve also started this new habit where I want to run around my complex at least 2 times a week. I know this will get a little harder as it gets warmer, but it’s a nice challenge as my complex is about 1.3 miles with hills and the like. Right now I’m doing a combo of fast walking and a little running. I’m hoping to build my stamina. So I ran today. And I was reminded how social media really takes us away from the moment before the moment even happens. For example, before I even laced my sneakers I thought about how I was gonna Snap my scenery. For Who? For the stalkers SnapChatters. For Why? Because. I want people to know I’m out here doing stuff. It’s all for show. So I’m back on a “scrolling” break.

I did cross some things off my list this week, but it was nothing close to a vacation or the most productive week off work. Just a break from waking up early, getting dressed, working my magic, and passing out after work. Which was needed, God knows.

Staying Home, but not on Vacation

Back to Where It Started

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                         Suspended Bridge                                    

On June 11, 2011 I published my first post on GlobeTracer. I was living in Costa Rica as a 26 year old adult, one of my bucket list items. I didn’t plan it that way. Life happened, and I ended up using this medium as a way to document how I got through one of the most difficult times in my life.

In a couple of hours, I get to see Costa Rica again. Thinking back to where I was 5 years ago, I couldn’t have planned  the changes that occurred. In 5 years, I accomplished a lot. God has been good. I’m working and taking care of myself now. I’ve found a career, where I see myself growing and thriving. I am seeing a mental health therapist regularly. I am living on my own, paying bills, and plotting the next big goal. But before I continue to tackle life, I get to experience “pura vida.”

Letting go all my anxieties. Forgetting what’s waiting on me when I get back home. Disciplining my brain to be in the moment, to embrace the rain, to take in all the beauty that I’ve missed for 5 years. To put my phone away. To stop searching for a wi-fi signal. I’m thankful to God I’m going on my first trip of 2016. I need this!

For the next week, I get to share my country with the person that I love.  I hope it’s love at first sight for him. I look forward to sharing new posts when I return!

Pura Vida,

She

 

Back to Where It Started

What’s Rocking My World: Announcement

Whew! What a month. And it’s over today, can you believe it? How has February been to you?

Well, friends. The word of the month for me was STRESS. Second semester crept up on me like a beast. January breezed on by, only to welcome February where I partook in festivities like 1 Neurogenic Speech Disorders Midterm, 1 Stuttering exam in-class and one-take home, one Early intervention observation, 1 Clinical Practicum Midterm and next week I have a 10-page paper due for my Sociolinguistics class. You really don’t know what you can endure, until you are…well, enduring!

Time has been flying, but I wanted to take a couple of minutes to let you know the developments of Spring Break, which is right around the corner! (Second week of March)

Initially, I was all for New Orleans. I know Mardi Gras is over, but there’s something very appealing about NOLA, even after the festivities. I have already been warned about ‘sweet bread’…but I still want to go and eat to my heart’s desire.

Then, I wanted to take a trip to Toronto. I’ve only been to Montreal, so I figured I’d keep going west. Funds were looking tight, especially with my best friend’s destination wedding in May. So, Toronto is going back on the to do list.

I thought I’d have to settle for a weekend local trip.

Last semester, I expressed interest in an alternative Spring Break trip, but I hadn’t heard any developments so I just waited.

And waited.

And then Midterms kicked in.

Didn’t book anything. Then, the opportunity availed itself.

A service trip. All expenses paid courtesy of my school. 9 days. A multidisciplinary effort including medical students, dental students, and the allied health services. Working with the community, a school, learning a new culture, opening our eyes.

Next up. Destination:

H A I T I

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Too excited,

She

What’s Rocking My World: Announcement