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August 2016

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August 31, 2016

Achieving work-life-balance when working from home.

tumblr_nhsmggkfmz1qa7pqno1_400The topic of balance is one that I have struggled with since I was in high school. When I became a college student, I worked three jobs while trying to maintain a full load of classes. While I managed I can honestly say it was always just the bare minimum. At the age of thirty-three, I certainly do not have it all figured out, but, I am getting better with it as time goes on and that is what is most important.

In a productivity-driven society, the need to accomplish ‘more’ can easily override the desire to take time off to spend time with family or take time for yourself. When it comes to working from home the line between ‘work hours’ and ‘home life’ become even more blurred as you try to find a balance to complete the simplest of tasks. Finding ways to adequately fulfill your role in the workplace and at home when both places are the same can become a daunting task-there is always one that is given more priority over the other.

The word ‘balance’ would cause a great amount of stress because it felt like an unattainable dream that I would never be able to accomplish. Even worse when stress would be followed by guilt. You know the type of guilt I am talking about. When you are working but would rather spend time with the kids doing something fun. When you are home you feel guilty for not working, but when you are working you feel guilty for not being 100% in the moment with your family. It then becomes a never ending 24-hour cycle of guilt.

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August 20, 2016

Summer’s Ending and I Stopped Working Out

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We’ve gone to the pool a few times but this was the first time I’ve allowed a picture of myself to be taken in a swimsuit since I was pregnant. I can say I’ve hated the way I looked in the past, but it wasn’t because I thought I was fat–I’ve just never been comfortable showing skin. Hell, I’m not even comfortable now, but I figured I’d give a shot.

Looking back on where I was just three short years ago, there was never a point where I thought I could do it. I knew it could be done, but I didn’t think I’d be able to achieve what I have.

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August 3, 2016

What to eat before and after the gym

The hardest part of my mornings is breakfast!! I hate eating in the mornings  and forcing myself to eat a little something is always a disaster. I just don’t do it.

I found this neat little graphic from Self Magazine via Pinterest and wanted to share with you all. Since beginning my strength training, I’ve been determined to eat a whole lot better than I had been doing previously. Protein is an important part of any diet, but it’s especially important for building muscle.

I love the P3 Protein packs–I take these with me to the gym and snack on them on the way there and afterwards.

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August 1, 2016

New ways to infuse/detox your water

Happy August!! I know school just ended for the kids, but I realized we still have a little over a month left until they go back!!

Anyway, I’ve been trying to get on the infused/detox water trend and I haven’t quite been able to do it. I’ve been searching for the perfect ones, but hadn’t found anything that I liked. I came across this wonderful post from Tip Hero so I thought I would share.

22 Detox Water Recipes

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