Hi, S&T! Remember me??
It’s been 6 months since my last post. Apologies for going radio silence on you. I have so many new ideas for posts, but I just couldn’t come back after ghosting you and say, TA-DA New Post! without at least explaining where the heck I’ve been in the past 196 days. So, here goes a list of things I’ve been doing instead of updating my blog. And some other random epiphanies I’ve had along the way.
I’ve moved into a new place.
I knew that buying a home would require some sacrifices. But, I did not know it was going to take over my entire life!
After signing the contract, my thoughts, my energies, and my money have been consumed by my home! And decorating has been a bit daunting. Is this normal? Having a place of your own is a blessing though!
I earned a professional certification.
As if moving wasn’t stressful enough, I started studying for a certification exam during the week I moved. The certification required more than 35 hours of class and more than 40 hours of study, and a 4-hour exam. I managed all of this on top of a full-time job.
I hosted a birthday party for my hubby.
My hubby turned 40 in October and I couldn’t let his special day pass without commemorating it with a birthday party. So that’s precisely what I did. My budding event planning talent was on full display and I must say it was a huge hit!
I engaged in some eye-opening conversations about mommyhood.
This item deserves a whole post of its own, but I’ll just gloss over it for now. I never realized how judgy moms were of stay-at-home-moms, soon-to-be moms, and other women who are trying to decide whether to take a launch into motherhood.
I’ve had so many conversations about his topic and what I’ve discovered has been eye-opening. Stay-at-home moms turn their noses up at working moms for choosing to allow someone else to raise their kids. Working moms think stay-at-home moms are lazy and disillusioned. Some moms look at the not-yet moms like, “What are you waiting for??”
In all the conversations I’ve had with co-workers, relatives, and friends, I’ve discovered that everyone is doing her best to be a good mom. Nobody wakes up in the morning and thinks, How can I screw up my kid’s life today?
I’ve been mistaken for being pregnant.
Some people mistook my weight gain for pregnancy. Perhaps their desire for me to be with baby were so strong that they somehow conjured up a pregnant belly, but whatever the case is, it has taken me months to recover from their mishap.
A word of unsolicited advice: Never ask a woman if she is pregnant. She may just be bloated or simply gaining weight. Either way, air on the side of caution and do not say anything. It’s better to be quiet than end up with your foot in your mouth.
By the way, shout out to the people who cannot resist the urge to comment on others’ weight. Why has that ever been a thing? I eat a bowl of ice cream and feel myself gaining weight. Believe me. I know I gained weight. And I don’t need you to point it out.
I am back on my workout grind.
Between the move, studying for an exam, working a full-time job and party planning, I’ve had little time to work out. Admittedly, self-care was the first thing to go when life got hectic.
Now, I’m back to working out 3 to 4 times per week at OrangeTheory Fitness. I have social media friends who have experienced some amazing results from the OTF program, so I became a member in mid-December. I’ve been consistently attending morning classes. And get this – I’m actually enjoying my workouts!
I’ve been taking progress photos and can’t wait to share the progress I’ve made.
Other random stuff I’ve noticed during my time away:
- My mind is overflowing with new ideas and I just don’t know which one to pursue. I feel slightly overwhelmed.
- Becoming by Michelle Obama is phenomenally written. The book made me admire Mrs. O even more.
- Changing your name after marriage is a pain in the butt.
- Instead of trying to convince others to give you an opportunity, you have to put on your big girl panties and make your own opportunity.
- Making friends in my 30’s is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do.
The next post…
I have plenty more to say, so expect to hear from me soon. I just wanted to pop in and let you know I’m still breathing. I miss you guys! Let me know what you’ve been up to. What’s your workout routine? What are you eating to supplement your workout?
And also, Happy Valentine’s Day! Is it just me or are you not in the Valentine’s Day spirit this year? I seriously have zero plans to celebrate.