Jennifer Blake

June 6, 2016

5 ways to survive a Monday

1. Start it with something that makes you happy // For me that would be a giant cup of coffee, specifically (right now) blueberry coffee. Waking up a few minutes earlier to sit and have a coffee before the hustle of Monday starts makes a huge difference for me.

2. Plan the week on Sunday // I like to list everything I need to get done for the week, the plans we have, the bills that need to be paid, the errands that need to run, and anything else I can think of. Having the week planned out (as much as it can be) makes me feel less overwhelmed Monday morning.

3. Make Monday night dinner easy // This could mean leftovers from a big Sunday meal, takeout from your favorite restaurant, or a go to easy meal to make. I find myself pretty tired come Monday night and the last thing that sounds good is cooking a big meal. It normally takes me a day or so to get back into the work routine and not having to think about dinner Monday night makes this transition a little smoother.

4. Monday Playlist // Sometimes music can make a day much better. Jamming out to uplifting music on the way to work or listening to a favorite Podcast can make the morning commute less  dreadful.

5. Motivate yourself to get through the day // If I am really in a funk about the weekend being over and tired from too much weekend fun, it can make Monday that much harder to survive. I try to think of something I want to do afterwork, even if it means zoning out in front of the TV for 30 minutes or endlessly scroll Insta at the end of the day. Having something that I look forward to that is just for me can make Monday a little more tolerable to get through!

How do you survive the Monday blues? 

May 29, 2016

27.


This past week was overwhelming and mentally exhausting. On Tuesday I said goodbye to the families that I have been working with at my job, for about a year and a half. I said goodbye to co-workers and my team. I am excited about working less hours, about getting more sleep, and about getting back to things I love to do, but it wasn't easy to say goodbye.

As I said goodbye to one chapter, I also said goodbye to 26. On Friday, I turned 27. I officially am in my late twenties, I am closer to 30 and happier than ever. I am starting 27 with a job I love, an apartment we have turned into a home and so much to look forward to. I have a few simple wishes for 27. 

>> I hope that I can find a better balance of work/life, I know this is everyones goal. I feel like I fell into a big rut last year of work, eat, sleep. I want to balance that better this year with work and all the things that I love to do (that took a back seat this past year). 

>> Better my photography skills and book a client or two. I love being behind my lens, I love capturing families and babies. I love seeing the look on someones face or the comment from them when they see their pictures. I would love to continue to grow this passion.

>> Take care of my body. I feel like I go through phases. I eat really well for a little while and then I eat like complete crap, it's a vicious cycle. Sometimes I go from the time I wake up until Dinner without eating anything, other days I snack all.day.long. I want to find a healthier balance. I am ALWAYS tired, I can't seem to find the culprit, but I am sure a more consistent, healthier, well-rounded diet and more sleep would help. 

>> Do something new. 

Those are my wishes for 27. 26, you were pretty wonderful, but 27 there is just something about you that I love already. 

May 16, 2016

A New Chapter


Writing hasn't been easy. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about this space and want to come back to it, but life doesn't always have the same plans we have for ourselves. I have been working 2 jobs for the past 4 months, it has been exhausting and time consuming. A few weeks ago I had to make a decision, a decision to reclaim some normalcy and time back into my life. I have officially given notice at the first job I worked at as and occupational therapist. In two weeks I will be completely done as and early intervention occupational therapist and working my other job full time at a pediatric outpatient clinic.

I go back and forth on a daily basis about being ready to leave EI, I will miss my kids and my families. I have been with some of them since they were babies and now they are 1.5 year olds! It is crazy to think about saying goodbye, I just keep reminding myself that this is what is best for me and that like all things in life things must come to an end at some point. I know one day I will probably venture back into the world of EI, but for now I am excited (and nervous) to be working at a clinic. Financially, it is also a little nerve wracking, going from two pay checks to one is scary, but I have a very supportive husband. I will only be working 3 days a week for the summer and I plan to soak up all the goodness of summertime, and not take the extra time off for granted. I'm working on my summer bucket list and I cannot wait to get started.

Wish me luck on the new adventure and stay tuned for most posts! More free time, means more blogging and I couldn't be more excited!

xo