Whoever found a true work to life balance was not born in the era of instantaneous communication. After working in my position for 6 months, I feel as though I’m in a place in my life that I don’t need to check my email on a Sunday. And I shouldn’t have to. I’ve worked very hard to get to a comfortable place in my position. Not comfortable in the sense that I feel as though I can arrive at 8:30 every day and leave at 5:00no, that will come with time. But I have a secure and stable job that I should be able to take a break from on the weekend. However I feel as though this constant communication via email will be the death of my soul if I let it control the parts of my life that it currently runs. On the way to work this morning I was checking my emails and received an incredibly pushy note from a client that I’ve been working with. At first, I felt guilty that I hadn’t respondedwhich may scare me the most. When I am working for myself, and managing employees, I don’t want them to be able to access their email 24/7. Its inhumane and plays a dominant role in the areas of our life in which make us, well, human. So, this is my Saturday and Sunday vow; dare if you will to the over thinkers and anxious workers that let their 9 – 5 consume every aspect of their life. Let’s take weekends off to live and let live. Come 8:30am on Monday morning, when the usual Monday blues roll inat least we’ll be able to reflect on the work-block we successfully capped over our Saturday and Sunday.
I’ve recently gotten really into coloring books…and before you think, ‘you need to get our more often’/’pick up a book’…you should probably stop by my office to try a page or two. I was at my favorite bookstore on Oxford street a few weeks ago and found a Mandala coloring book that’s intended for relaxation, so was instantly drawn. After purchasing several packs of markers, crayons and pencils; as options are important for anyone picking up a new hobby, I was hooked. Like a tween on R-movies. (NOTE: the Mandala book is magic…but the real goods are the pages in my new Enchanted Forest book.) I’ve found myself next to a glass of red wine, listening to Soundcloud, and realized that coloring too, now accompanies my vices.