Sitting at my desk on Tuesday, feeling the mental heaviness of work/home to-do lists & the emotional weight of others' judgements, I made a happy discovery....zero meetings scheduled for Wednesday. I promptly headed to my boss's office and made sure that he was okay with me taking a spur-of-the-moment day off. I breathed an audible sigh of relief when he said "sure thing!"
A mid-week day off, with no specific agenda, seems like such an indulgent occurence. I didn't do anything wild & crazy (unless you count taking the bathroom sink apart to clear the drain)....but it was a much-needed pause. I cleaned out my personal email. I paid a couple of bills. I deep cleaned the upstairs bathroom. I cleaned the kitchen. I sorted through all of those random receipts that seem to find their way to the island.
I pulled my "big" camera out and spent some time simply observing - light & shadow, color & texture. I jotted down notes for creative projects. I listened to a lot of Sam Smith on Spotify. I watched Grey's Anatomy on Hulu. I stayed in my pjs until about 1pm.
I ventured out to run a few errands in the afternoon, and met up with a cute guy for a quick walk by the lake. We talked through some of the heaviness that I was feeling. He's pretty good at listening. I finished up errands, he finished up work, and Austin finished up a yoga class. The three of us ended the day with a simple dinner, conversation, and laughter.
"It's about living in the moment and appreciating the smallest things. Surrounding yourself with the things that inspire you and letting go of the obsessions that want to take over your mind. It is a daily struggle sometimes and hard work but happiness begins with your own attitude and how you look at the world." - Gretchen Rubin