I love December so much. The excitement over the holidays is palpable, the weather is lovely here in California and – bonus – it’s also my birthday month. There’s so much to look forward to that I want to capture the excitement with a bit of a bucket list:
- Finally properly shopping for our new home
- Celebrating my birthday with a quiet dinner and a not-so-quiet night on the town
- Holiday Harry party at work
- Heading home to Arizona to spend the holidays with my mom and sister
- Surprising the kids with a pit stop at Universal Studios on our holiday road trip
- Jax finally finishing his puppy shots and getting to start properly socializing
- Getting Christmas presents for the people I love (and inevitably treating myself as well)
What are you looking forward to for the holidays this year?
Image via pink peonies. -> click through for an amazing home with holiday decor.
I read Garance Dore’s profile of Lauren Singer and her no-waste lifestyle a few weeks ago, but I can’t get it out of my mind. I think about it when I go to the grocery store, when I use a ridiculous amount of paper towels every day and when I flip the switch for electric heat at home now that the mornings have a chill in the air.
Truth is, I do so very little to reduce my environmental impact and I’ve carried that guilt around with me for a while now. It’s inspiring to see this young person saying no to the guilt and just going after what sustainability means to her. I think it’s time that I do the same. I’m going to take her advice and just get started with it. Every little bit counts, right?
A few of my favorite quotes from the article:
“When I looked at myself four years ago, I realized that while I cared about the environment, I wasn’t doing anything at all that aligned with that except talking about it. So the exercise of making adjustments to my everyday life was so fulfilling because I realized I was living in a way that was exactly what I believed in.”
“If you look at the things that constitute zero waste, like using wash clothes instead of paper towel, saying no to plastic straws, neither of those things are hard, and once you incorporate those into your routine, it has a really positive impact”
“To myself, I think I’m just so much more self-aware now. I used to blame everyone else for the state of the world – politicians, and government and business, and it wasn’t until I stopped and looked at myself that I realized I had power to make a positive or negative impact, and I realized I was making a negative one. That helped me look at myself and really do things to change how I was living.”
Kudos to Lauren for the voice she’s giving the zero-waste movement and for the company she’s leading that aligns with her values, Simply Co.
Photo from garancedore.com.
The end of vacation is here! It’s back to life, back to reality for me. Here are four ways I’m making my return to the workplace easier:
- Eating a bomb breakfast – My mom canned me some homemade pepper jelly, which I’m putting on the best, nutty toast with some cream cheese.
- Getting to work early – I used to be the type to spend the Sunday before I came back to work sorting through emails to get a head start, but then I realized that I was just giving back one of my vacation days for free. Now I just try to arrive to the office a bit early to sort through the urgent emails before my meetings start cranking.
- Maximizing the actual vacation – Knowing that I made the absolute most out of my vacation, including sleeping in, eating and relaxing makes it easier for me to get back to the grind. It’s the worst when you get back to the office after a vacation only to realize that you never actually disconnected from work in the first place.
- Packing lunch – I have a mandatory lunch meeting this afternoon. Oh goody. Instead of taking the wild card catered lunch, which is almost always questionable at best, I’ve opted to pack my own. Leftovers of homemade vegetarian pizza and kale salad give me something delicious to look forward to.
How do you ease back into work after time away?
Image via Bloglovin.
Sorry for my radio silence this week, guys. I’ve been a bit consumed with bringing Jax into the family. My friend came over one night this week and captured the little guy with her great camera and photography skills. I need to post here for posterity and for anyone who loves puppies as much as I do. The next post will be back to our regularly scheduled (random) programming…
Isn’t he just so cute you want to squeeze him!?
There’s someone special I’d like you to meet….
This is Mr. Jax Williams. He’s a seven-week-old bundle of joy. He already makes me immeasurably happy and I can’t imagine my little family without him. He’s just the sweetest thing. I’d been trying to convince Keith to get another dog for years and he finally broke with Mr. Jax. I don’t blame him.
I’m well on my way to my dream of being a dog lady with my own little kingdom of dogs. #goals