What a week! I’ve been in California enjoying the largest Natural Products tradeshow in the country. It was so amazing to see so many incredible people, trend setters, and brand makers in one place. I have a few pictures but they are blurry phone photos so pardon me!
It was actually pretty incredible to attend events where I was able to meet the people who make the decisions about what is available in our stores, on our shelves, and even what is in our vitamins! It was such a learning experience for me on a professional and a personal level. I was able to eat some great food and hang out with some great people!
I got in late on Sunday night and I was ready to pass out! Yesterday was a day of re-adjusting and settling in. What I realized while traveling is that I am incredibly lucky! The minute I walked in the door, the Husband and I cuddled on the couch with Maggie. All I needed to do was be with my family and enjoy it!
Last night we got a bit of a surprise when it comes to weather and the roads are pretty slick. I am going to head into the office and see what I can get done today. Edited to say that I tried to head in and slid through an intersection. I am now working from my home office and staring out the window at the white world! I am also going to find my way out for a run or stay inside for a ride on the trainer. My body is definitely craving whole foods and exercise!
Now I’m wondering, How do you settle in after being away?
Back to Reality
So last week, I was living a life that included room service every morning, drinks out with friends every night, and a great bed to come home to every night.
I was in Vegas for a tradeshow. I wasn’t traveling for fun. While I got to enjoy some of the pleasures of my dream life, there was also 10ish hours of work on every day walking a million square foot tradeshow floor.
The Hard Part
was being away from my family every day. (Bad shoes comes in a very close second!). I was happy to be traveling but I was sad that I couldn’t come home to the Husband and the Pup each day. While some people might see this as strange, I just see them as an integral part of my day. I was so happy to have the whole weekend to rest and watch movies and relax as a family.
Do you travel for work or on your own? How do you stay connected when you’re away?
This morning, like many others, I found myself with an alarm clock going off before the sun was shining or even peaking out.
All I wanted was to stay under the covers and possibly drink some coffee in bed. Today, I had the luxury of cuddling with Maggie while the Husband got himself ready to leave before dawn. We do have days where as soon as my hair is dry, we are in the car and heading in to work. Once I get to work and get moving, generally working through lunch and giving it all I have. Once the day is over, it’s time to get home and heat something up for dinner, nothing too exciting but hopefully balanced. By 7:00 PM I am in pajamas and considering lights out around 9:00.
What you might notice is the lack of me time, fitness, or too much family time. I haven’t been prioritizing us very well. When I have a goal at work, that’s what gets in my head. I spend the evenings checking email and making sure that things are plugging away. I worry about getting things done and making sure that everyone is getting what they need from me. Most of the time, my workout goes by the wayside as does walking the dog. I am just too worn out to keep moving. We haven’t been making fun (and healthy) meals because we don’t feel creative when we get home.
I know that I can schedule and plan and spreadsheet out as much as I want but if I don’t want to do it, it’s probably not going to happen. So today, this changes. Even though I’m tired, I need to get up and go for a run or walk the dog. We need to stick to our menu plan so that we eat healthier (and less junk). And I need to make time to do what I want. When was the last time I read a book for fun? Or played a game? Or went on a bike ride? It’s time to focus a little bit inward.
How do you take care of yourself?