weekend reading

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Did you know that Blue Monday was a thing? I definitely did not, but it totally makes sense – and gave a little added meaning to my post about dealing with burn out at work. I’m taking my own advice and dedicating a little time to myself this weekend. Tonight, I’m breaking out some of my favorite beauty products (this sheet mask and this lip mask, which I got for Christmas), ordering dinner from my favorite Thai restaurant, pouring myself a glass of wine, and catching up on the TV I didn’t get to watch this week. It’s going to be amazing.

  • Here’s some great advice for travelling on a budget. I had to get a new passport this month after mine expired and I’m already itching to use it.
  • This is a good reminder that the concept of “balance” is really an ongoing thing and it’s okay to be a constant work-in-progress.

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My job is one where the busiest time of our year is the holidays. I work for a nonprofit and (in case you didn’t know), most donations are made just before the end of the year. It leads to a super busy period for everyone in the office, not just me, and it tends to make me a little insane.

After the holidays, I try to use the new year as a time to reset and recharge after all this craziness. This year, I’ve struggled. A lot. Two weeks in and I was still unable to focus, definitely not reaching my full productive potential. For a person who lives and dies by her to do list and calendar, this has been abnormal. With the prospect of my annual evaluation looming, I had to take drastic measures to get things back in order. Here are a few things I’ve learned.

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