So, I love pancakes.
You can’t blame me. Mmm. Chocolate.
In the morning.
I’m about it.
Guys, I’m so excited about life right now.
Not just because these vitamins make me feel like superwoman.
But I am SO jacked up about life because I am currently writing cover letters for Social Media and Community Manager positions. What’s incredible about this passion that I’ve been cultivating for almost three years, is that I’ve gained the knowledge and experience I need in order to be an effective, enthusiastic, and fresh addition to a social media team.
All I know is that I’m incredibly confident in my abilities, and my heart is thumping out of my chest with excitement. I could barely sleep last night because ideas were coming to me all night long. Finally, I had to get up and start typing up the most exciting cover letter (position-wise). It felt so good. It felt so right. All I can hope for is that my cover letter and my abilities speak for themselves.
We’ll see where this life takes me.
Let’s talk about some of the things that keep me sane lately.
Like this new toy. Now I have no excuses to avoid doing sprints.
1. Being active; often. Lately, I can’t go to CrossFit twice a day, but staying active around the apartment and around town helps my energy levels and releases a significant amount of endorphins. Taking a break from working and doing air squats and push-ups. Double-unders in the living room. Heading to CrossFit down the road for a quick workout. Either way, staying active (whether it be at the gym or “by accident”), keep your muscles fired up. Stay-at-home tip? If you’re folding laundry, do wall sits. If you’re waiting for food to cook, do air squats, wall sits, push-ups, and sit-ups. Boom.
2. Background noise. For some reason I’m a thousand times more productive when there’s Mozart, a podcast (like Balanced Bites), YouTube videos, or Zac Brown Band playing in the background. This might be why: a study performed at the University of British Columbia showed that people around a “moderate volume of background noise (70 decibels)” (comparable to the noise level at a coffee shop) were more creatively productive than those that experienced significantly lower or higher noise. Think: a silent house or construction outside your window, respectively. So, take that extra step, and head to the coffee shop for a few hours, or play some white noise. You can thank me later.
3. Balance. When I talk about balance, I mean everything in life. The food we eat. The people we see. The activities we perform. The music we listen to. Where there is yin, there must be yang. Especially when we’re in a period of time called “the holidays”, where cookies are around every corner and fear of losing every brain marble abounds. Around this time, I like to concentrate on getting my vegetables (at least once or twice a day, people), consuming adequate protein, and getting extra healthy fats to avoid craving sweets. Listening to Mozart in the morning, and bass-concentrated workout playlists in the afternoon. Seeing friends during the day, and calling my Mom at night. Relaxing and stretching during the day, and heading to CrossFit to lift heavy in the early evening. Balance. Yin and yang. Sanity.
4. Good friends. The other night, my Mom asked me: “Kate, do you have supportive friends there?” I told her yes. I am so lucky to have good friends that believe in what I do, what I love, and know that I can succeed. Either because I’m stubborn, or because I’m just so determined. A good friend will listen to you ramble about something that makes you sad, happy, or confused, and will either ease your pain and confusion, or simultaneously give you a piece of reality. And they will always be excited with you. Hold these people close. You never know when a diamond in the rough will land in your lap.
5. Good family. Since I’ve been living on my own for a couple of years, I’ve begun to appreciate my family more and more. What my parents have to teach me. That they’re real people. That they actually know a thing or two about life and are a vault of invaluable information. But also, that there comes a time when you do want to go home and bond with your family; teach them what you’ve learned. Pet your dog. Eat a meal that you didn’t make yourself. Give your little sister some advice because, turns out, you’ve actually learned a thing or two over the years. Being a mentor and appreciating those who have mentored you are two of the best feelings in the world. Love makes the world go round.
What keeps you sane during the holidays? In general?
Spread a little love today – perform an act of kindness for a stranger. It’s the season of giving; the least we can do is love one another, especially when it’s unexpected.