Hello lettuce heads!
Getting in the swing of things after vacation quickly reminded me of how fast I normally swing. Managing my house, paying bills, teaching, catching up with friends, helping plan weddings, quality time with family and my man, my 9-5 sales job downtown, etc -whew- had me a little “whelmed”. In my continued reading, there are some suggestions to eliminate “overwhelmed” from your vocabulary and enter “whelmed” instead (Danielle LaPorte from Fire Starter Sessions). I was a little more stressed upon the week returning and wondering why I wasn’t as relaxed or as “at peace” as I was in Jamaica. I definitely had some tears and picked little fights with those around me- even though I had come back from such a wonderful trip and felt incredibly gracious and blessed. Reflecting on this, I realized that on vacation I had lots of time to relax and lots of time to myself- basically nothing but that. I was taking care of me so no one and nothing could phase me. Now when returning, enter every situation I CHOOSE to encounter on a day to day basis, it seemed like a lot to some people and definitely felt like a lot to the Maria who forgot who she was for a second. After adjusting to my routine, I remembered that all these things are in my schedule and day to day because I CHOOSE to have them. You too, at times, might run around feeling sorry for yourself, freaking out, stressed, wishing you had it like someone else… however if you’re like me, all you need to do is ask yourself …,”who signed you up for this?”…”who made you say yes?” When I stepped back and looked at my schedule, I chose to view it as busy, crazy, hectic, jam packed…and thats the way I like it. I asked myself, “Do I have the power to change it or stop it all together?” Yes. “Do I want to?” No way, not for a second.
“Whelmed” goes along with this. I am full, to the max with wonderful activities and wonderful people. People ask me how I do it and I have to explain to them that I do it because I want to. Its easy for me. It oozes out of me and I cant help but make time for everything I’m making time for. The going out and partying, cooking a perfect pot roast, folding my laundry religiously, and losing myself in a good book series are just things that I choose to not make time for, but don’t get me wrong, for those that do, and that’s their bag, power to you- that’s awesome, especially if you own it. I surely call you guys when I need help for ideas on how to cook, what to cook, or heck if you can cook for me. I call on you guys for book recommendations. I call on you for a nice night in to watch a movie when thats exactly what I need, same goes for a night out dancing. There’s a lot to be said for looking at what you choose to do with your time, not letting comparison steal from your joy, and to own those things that you love- because after all, you’re the one doing them.
Here are some of the things I “Whelm” my life with:
Competition Bug: Triathlons!
Going out to eat, especially egg white Omelets!
Helping plan dear friends’ weddings!
Home made food with family…especially if its in honor of me
Time and Money on Health Products/Food:
Blending my shakeology- which can definitely can take some time 🙂
Working out hard and often= coconut water, a wonderful hydrating option
Organic food from the city market- Fermenti Artisan
Standing in the longest line at lunch for the freshest salad I’ve ever had…
Cuddling with my cat
Teaching- even if at 6am on Friday mornings- I LOVE IT
Shameless self promotion (LETTUCE)…and organic products including face masks from LUSH
And this awesome guy who makes me very happy…I’ll even sit in the cart, watching HIM play golf, but I’ll admit…hes pretty good. One day I’ll choose to make time for it…maybe?
I hope you all have a full and festive weekend, happy because you’re doing what you choose to do and even better, happy because of the attitude you carry around while doing so. Many times I definitely need reminders that we’re all in charge, were ultimately our own boss, and its all in what we make of it.
“Whelm” yourself 🙂
Maria “Like the Lettuce” Romaine, xoxoxo