Apartment Planning, Sunday Brunch, and My Crew

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Things have been moving fast this last week. I’m exhausted. Usually, I can’t wish my days away fast enough. This week, though, I’m begging for just a few more moments, one extra hour, or couple more seconds even. Unfortunately, time waits for no man, or woman, and so here I am.

Everything started around the beginning of May. It’s the time of year when we, as a family, start itching for change. Specifically, a change in our environment. Last year about this time, I was rabid about getting a house, even though Hubz was lukewarm on the idea. I don’t know if it’s the promise of summer and the freedom that it brings that brings about the “I wanna move” movement or maybe it’s that we start spending more time in our home to due to fewer work and school obligations, which gives us more of an opportunity to critique it. Whatever it is, this time of year, the “movement” commences, and doesn’t end until something else catches our attention. In every instance, the result is the same. We talk about it, nitpick our current space, and eventually settle on “making our house a home.” We don’t move–don’t even look at other apartment options if I’m to be honest. We stay put.

Sometimes you have to give up the good to get to the great quote

This time it was different though.

This time we actually decided to make some waves. I think it was a combination of being fed up with our lack of amenities and ever increasing rent, along with our fabulous new neighbors who could give Snoop Dogg Lion Dogg a run for his money in the “recreational activity” department. After voicing concerns with management and getting nowhere, we decided that, “yeah, it’s time to go.” And after looking at apartment after apartment after apartment and calling number after number after number, we finally chose one that we all loved. Thankfully, they loved us too and approved us for the space on Wednesday. So, we’re moving. We’re actually, really moving this time.

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Podcasts for Women Who Love Personal Development

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I am podcast crazy right now. Just obsessed.

Since I’m still training at my new job, I spend a lot of time in my office reading policy, going through webinars, and reading/sending emails. This means I spend a lot of time sitting on my butt in silence. Normally, I pull out my trusty Samsung headphones (#TeamAndroid) and listen to my work playlist. Recently, though, I’ve started listening to podcast. And y’all, my world has been completely opened up. It’s nothing short of amazing, the gems in the podcast world.

Podcasts for Me

Now I know podcasts aren’t a new thing. Serial may have brought it to the mainstream, but believe me, podcast have been around for a long, long time. Still though, every day new, energetic folks join the podcasting community. What used to be a white man’s world, is now a world filled with diverse voices, both male and female, with diverse experiences and perspectives. And I swear it just gets richer and richer in content with every day that passes. I, of course, have found my people with the goal-setting, personal development, self-care, unicorn bunch. Most of these voices are those of women and I admit I haven’t done much in the way of seeking out men podcasters on these topics. At this time, though, I’m happy with who I’m listening to; I’ve gotten so much out of it.

So back to the goal-setting, personal development, self-care, unicorn bunch. My people, if you will. These women are excellent in what they do. Their advice is sound, their spirit is on point, and it’s obvious that they do what they do not out of obligation, but out of sheer desire to motivate change. Change in the way we think of ourselves, our talents, and our ambitions. Change in the way that we talk to ourselves and about ourselves. Y’all, I’m love with these podcasts.

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Sundays and My Sanity

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Recently, I’ve started to dedicate my Sundays to preparation. Before, I would use Sundays to recoup from the week (including Saturdays) and just chill, catch up on the TV shows I missed during the week, and basically have a “lazy Sunday.” Glorious would be an understatement for what my Sundays used to be because I basically did nothing. Okay, I would cook dinner (on most Sundays), but that’s just really it.

A few weeks ago, I changed all of that. I’m talking completely revamped my Sundays from top to bottom. It was a challenge because I’m a creature of habit, but man, was it worth it!

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Banana Mango Smoothie

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Today, I started my week of smoothies!

I was a little unsure of what I wanted to start with even though I planned it out the day before. You know how at the time, something seems like a good idea but when it’s time to implement, you question if it really is? Yeah, that’s where I was this morning. The thought of taking on this challenge and potentially failing weighed heavily on my mind. I even had trouble sleeping because I didn’t want to oversleep and not have time to make my smoothie. I’m sure ya’ll are looking all kinds of crazy right now and thinking, “Is she really doing this all over some smoothies?” And the answer to that is both yes and no.

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Week of Smoothies

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This week I’m doing a week of smoothies. Since the beginning of the year, I can probably count the number of times I’ve had breakfast on one hand during weekdays. Weekends are better, but not by much. I’m usually so focused on getting Jam ready, along with myself, that I completely space on breakfast. And because I’m so adrenaline-rushed or just plain forgetful, I don’t even think about food until around 11 or 12 o’clock. Thankfully I keep some snacks like applesauce and nuts in my desk, but let’s keep it real…I’ve completely bombed on the most important meal of the day.

Why a week of smoothies

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