Back to real life… let me just say, it’s hard work, yo!
Tough re-entry areas:
1. Sleep – I didn’t get enough while I was down in New Orleans. I’m not sure what it is about that city but seriously, you just don’t catch any zzz’s. (Okay… I have an idea) I would wake up early and go to bed late. I’m completely beat.
2. Despite it being a “workation”, it’s always different from being in the office. There is a sense of immediacy when you are in the office that is lightened when off doing some conferencing. Now, I’m back. All the emails.
3. Umm… it snowed here last night. It was 27* here today. In New Orleans, I got a sunburn and sweated my brains out. I preferred the latter. What’s up MI?!
4. Poor Simon seriously missed me. He barely leaves my side and wakes me up many times a night – I think he just wants to make sure I’m still there. I always miss the little guy as well so we had a nice reunion.
5. Foods. I miss some of the food I had in New Orleans. I will get more into this in my next post but I definitely enjoyed all that the city/culture has to offer. At the same time, I suffered for this! I’m transitioning back into my normal lifestyle. In some ways it’s harder than I anticipated. I really did forget how easy it is to go out and pick up ready made food as opposed to cooking. Now, I don’t want to cook. However, I’m back to that point where I think I’m hungry but feel crummy so I can’t tell. As sadistic as it sounds, it was worth it!
6. Exercising. Again, another topic I will touch on in my next post but we barely sat down while there. I even went for a run with one of my travel mates! It was great! Since he is fairly new to the running scene I think it was the first time for him to run in a foreign city (or at least recently). We both agreed it was best way to get your bearings and see interesting things. Not to mention, people said we were bad asses. I want to keep up this momentum despite me wanting so much rest.
7. Lack of blogging – I’ve missed writing and you all! I need to kick start my posting/reading back in action!
8. Actually having a schedule to follow. This is probably the biggest difficulty for me. I love not having a schedule but I also appreciate a routine – yep, there is no way to make me happy. Getting back into the routine takes energy and intentionality, which I’m currently working through. In New Orleans, it was simply more fluid; Saturday and Sunday I didn’t even know what day it was or have a clear understanding of time. It was pretty nifty. My alarm went off in the morning and I couldn’t figure out what the noise was or why it as assaulting my brain.
I have a feeling many of you can relate to these types of “concerns” whether it be a vacation or any kind of upheaval of regular life. Next post I’m going to detail some specifics of my trip that definitely deserve high lighting. Can’t wait to catch up with all of you as well!