A needed break from the chaos

I’ve recently realized that it’s hard to get back into life when life is so chaotic. I was traveling 11 days during January. In writing, it doesn’t feel as heavy as life felt while traveling. That’s probably because my first trip was seven days. That’s a long time to be away from your family, on a work trip, right after a three-week holiday break. A seven-day vacation is a long time to be away from your family, but it doesn’t involve endless work. I switched time zones and had to be “on” starting at 7 am {6 my time}. I did a solid six hours and then took a one to two hour break to workout and just sit on my hotel bed. Then back at it for another eight {plus} hours. LONG DAYS. It seems a little first world -ish to complain, but work travel isn’t a break from life. It’s more work than the typical day because you don’t get to turn work off and you get less sleep than at home. Not to mention that the emails don’t stop while you’re traveling.

Sometimes it overwhelms me to go on long trips because I have to prepare for the trip itself for work and home, then go on the trip, come back and wrap up the trip, and then catch back up from the trip at work and home. It’s exhausting to do all the laundry and cleaning before a trip and come home and have to do it again. I forget that home life continues while I’m gone. I’ve found it hard to jump right back in where I left off. And let’s be honest, I don’t always leave the house and family all nice and organized. Sometimes we’re too busy for any prep and I just leave.

I’m happy to not have anything on the calendar until March. I’m looking forward to getting back into a healthy balance of work and life. Excited to get back into my morning workout routine and even more excited to get back on my clean eating meal plan. We started off the weekend by taking the boys to a children’s museum and it was the perfect way to get back into family life! After a couple of weeks of no fun, we all needed a good activity that could entertain and wear everyone out. I might even find some personal time to write now that I’ll be home for a while…

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Flying planes and making music.



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