Before I was a mom, if I spent my relaxation time editing my resume or applying to jobs, I would be angry at myself for missing out on relaxing. I should have danced or did yoga, or something else. But as a mom, free time is a commodity and taking painstaking care to edit my … Continue reading Free Time and Mommyhood
Previously I blogged about reducing my hours at my preschool job and wondering what I would end up doing instead. My intention was to have more downtime: for myself, and my toddler daughter too. And I do—that is, when I'm not training to become a water safety instructor in the evening. I guess I'm not … Continue reading My Current Work-Momlife Balance
Toddlers change nearly every day. They also change their minds every minute. This is a reminder for me to live in the present moment rather than the projections in my head of what I expect or wish to happen. Children in general are fully focused on what they are doing—they are masters of mindfulness!
When I was home all day with my daughter when she was a baby, I would at times feel burnt out. Now, when I spend time with her intermittently throughout the day— early morning, lunch break, and in the later afternoon and evening—I feel more energized when I am with her. We spend cherished time … Continue reading Finding Work-Life Balance as a Mom
I made a website when I started my part-time nutrition private practice a few years ago. I had also made one years before that to be a platform for my yoga and Pilates teaching. I saw a website as validating who I was as a professional. And I didn't mind that it didn't get much … Continue reading Where Did My Nutrition Website Go?
I trained to become a yoga instructor in 2009 and 2010. I was practicing yoga, breathing exercises, and mindfulness meditation on an almost daily basis. Then I got injured at the end of 2011, and all that basically went out the window. Who wants to slow down and be in their body just so they … Continue reading Relearning Meditation at Life’s Transitions
For the next school year I am planning on shortening my hours. I have been coming home exhausted and drained—with little energy left for my little one or my husband...or myself. It's how I'm used to doing things in life: Running hard until I simply can't go anymore. It's only one of the many reasons … Continue reading New Schedule, Old Fears
There is an idea in Judaism that Shabbat, aka the Sabbath, is meant to infuse the rest of the week with meaning and fulfillment; that the blessings of Shabbat are meant to flow into the rest of the week. I felt this sort of sentiment this past week when I went to Trader Joe's on … Continue reading Trader Joe’s Filled My Cup
This morning I woke up again feeling unsettled after a poor night's sleep. I'm in bed for the recommended 8 hours, but I keep tossing and turning. Last week it was due to a cough from post nasal drip. This week—anxiety over new house concerns, as well as anticipation of other new professional things around … Continue reading Staying Afloat in the Tumultuous Ocean of My Mind
June 6th used to be my workaversary. I worked as a pediatric outpatient dietitian of a hospital. It was my first job as a dietitian and very much the type of dietetic work I had aspired to do. I had volunteered there as well as at the sister hospital over the previous months and then … Continue reading What’s in a Date?