With weather like this, I’m excited to be going on another quick trip this week.
Speaking of trips, I am finally getting a chance to go through my California pictures. The ones below were some of my favorite completely un-edited. At least the hundreds of pictures will give me something to do on my 5 HOUR FLIGHT on Tuesday…
I’m also prepping a lot of tunes for the 3 flights in the next week and a half. What do you think of my September list? Any suggestions?
And finally, headed to Natural Products Expo East next week in Baltimore. I know I will see lovely faces like Lauren there. Anyone else? Would love to meet up with you if you are in town.
See you Monday from Vegas (hopefully poolside!)
Filed under Travel, Wine, Work
I don’t normally talk about work in this space but this time, definitely going to go there! I haven’t really written much about who I work for out of respect for the boundaries that exist between work and home. However, for the second time I headed out to Anaheim, California for the Natural Products Expo West and Engredea and it was an amazing blur of a week.
Once I got home, I realized that I had next to know pictures of anything that happened! I was able to attend a few educational sessions and meet a lot of incredible people through networking events but I was there to support the show itself, not a company exhibiting there (even though I had a lot of booth duty!). But booth duty isn’t so bad when you can start your morning getting a tour started with a mimosa!
I was able to hit the show floor for about an hour and I saw some incredible new products! One of my favorites was the new line from The Republic of Tea. While I am a Celestial Fan through and through, some extra flavors every once and a while is not a bad thing. I will definitely be hitting up the store to grab some new tea for my desk! I also stopped by the Flapjacked booth and saw these two lovely ladies! Always nice to see a friendly face in a crowd of 65000 people!
The weather and the views were also incredible! I was afraid that it was going to be rainy and cold based on the weather reports the weeks leading up to the show but alas, 70’s and sunny every day! Had to step outside to warm up every once in a while! Luckily I snagged a good shot!
And the views from my hotel room were pretty great too!
Overall, an incredible work trip! Next time, I promise I will take more pictures!
How is it Thursday already? This week has flown by! Today isn’t about beer or my favorite things. It’s actually about one of my least favorite things, drama and stress!
I have always been told that I thrive under stress, I do my best work with a deadline. The problem with that mentality is that I am always stressed. I take work stress home and it bubbles into my relationships. It’s too hard to come home and be exhausted from sitting at a desk all day. And I’m sure the Husband isn’t too happy to hear about the woes of my job.
My major problem lately is that I let everyone else’s problems be my problem. I am always the shoulder to cry on and the person to vent to. What this means is that when my office is having a bad day, it tends to rub off. I have always been a social person and I can’t help but eavesdrop sometimes (I can’t help it if you are going to yell your problems across the office) and this gets in the way. I am also not going to problem solve for you. Research your problem or ask an expert, not your neighbor. As I read this back to myself, it seems a little harsh but true.
This week I am putting my foot down! I need to take a big breath and remember that work is work and it should stay at work. And work gets hard, I just need to take a walk and work through it. I have had jobs that have required hourly attention and thankfully, this isn’t a job like that. And when things get stressful for my neighbors, I need to grab my headphones and stay focused. I still want to be the compassionate person I have always been but I can’t let my empathy get in the way of me having successful days. It’s time to focus on me and my work load and not everybody else’s!
Do you worry about work? How do you keep stress from coming home with you?
Do you know what’s worse than traveling for work? Settling back into normal life after a work trip… I’m always so tired, too lazy to cook, and my normal schedule is haywire.
Wish I could order room service every morning!
This was a strange benedict… more eggs under the ham and no muffin
Tasty cocktail at Tavernitas! thanks, Lindsey!
I did get to go out a little bit and I got some great shots of one of my favorite cities!
Our train stop for Wrigley!
And now that my suitcase is unpacked, we are starting to look at quick summer trips around Colorado. We are looking at finally spending a weekend in Colorado Springs (any tips?), down to Durango, and possibly another trip to Palisade and Grand Junction! We live in such a diverse state, it would be a shame to spend any more time at home.
Tell me about your favorite trip! Or tell me where to go!
Not going to lie, this week has been tough. I never settle in from trips well and I am doing two of them back to back. We drove home on Sunday and we got mostly unpacked. After 13 hours in the car Sunday, I was ready for some sleep. Monday was spent on the couch with ice packs and ibuprofen. And yes, my bruise is healing nicely. Lesson learned, new pool liners are slippery. The rest of the week was spent prepping myself for my work trip this week, trying to stay motivated to keep moving (a few dog walks and a new yoga class), and eating too much junk (who wants to cook when it’s 100 degrees out?). Needless to say, I’ve been a grump and therefore I have no Friday Five.
I am hoping to have a successful trip and come back all bright and happy. Definitely going to check out some new breweries in the area and I can’t wait to share them with you. I’ve also gotten some writing ideas swirling in my brain. I just need to get a few minutes to actually sit down and write them out. Until then!
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?