I have to be honest, I haven’t felt much like blogging lately. I’ve had a lot on my mind (more about that in a bit), and have had a hard time shaking my cranky-pants mood.
A day off from work on Monday and a trip to the beach was slightly comforting, as was my summery-inspired dinner of grilled swordfish steak, corn on the cob and a side salad with romaine, grape tomatoes.
There really is nothing better than sweet corn on the cob in the summertime, yeah?
Back to my problemo (or one of them…) – I have a confession of sorts to make. You may or may not know that I’m currently working on my Master’s in Clinical Nutrition (part-time), and part of the deal is a 6-month long internship for which I will be eligible to apply for next year. These are super competitive these days, and one thing that helps applicants stand out (practically mandatory) is clinical volunteer experience. I’ve had the summer off from classes (granted, I still work full-time but this never changes), and guess what I’ve been doing with my “free” time?
Having an actual life with legit fun – dinners, movies, hanging/going out, the beach, reading non-school books, blogging, and the like.
What nerve I have.
Since I do work full-time, when I’m in school my weekends are often dedicated to homework. It sucks, but it’s what I signed up for. But having every weekend free since mid-May has been AMAZING. I almost forgot that I should be taking advantage of said free time and volunteering at a hospital like I did last summer.
It just hit me the other day that it’s almost August and probably too late for me to start anywhere (night/weekend volunteering is tough to come by). I’m annoyed at myself for not bucking up and getting some volunteer hours to make my eventual application look as good as possible (another large source of stress), but seriously, can I blame myself for enjoying life?
I’ve always struggled with balancing life with fun and hard work, and usually go from one extreme to the other. Too much fun (hello, college!) or all seriousness and work (hello, gymnastics, work/grad school, marathon training!) end up making me feel guilty that I’m not balancing things in life better.
I’m kind of on the fence about this particular instance, but a little voice inside my head is telling me, very calmly, that an important part of life is what I’m doing right now – creating memories, laughing, having fun, yadda yadda yadda. I work my ass off all the time, and I think I needed this time off from any school-related commitments.
Phew. I think I feel a bit better now.
So while my mood still resembles the photo I took this past weekend in Verdi Square…
I think I just need to relax and enjoy the little things…
Before life gets hectic (whether I like it or not) when the fall semester starts in September.
One very positive note – we’ve been blessed with some great weather the past couple of days in NYC, and I enjoyed a cool 7 mile run yesterday and about 6.3 miles this morning. Hooray!
Happy, happy Wednesday 🙂
Question: How do you balance fun, work, etc. in life?