Treat Yourself Tuesday: Stop Bringing Work Home


I didn’t get a whole lot of sleep last night – Baron woke up and wouldn’t stop barking – but thankfully, I slept so much on Sunday.

I finally got up at 5:30 to workout, drink coffee, and eat breakfast before getting to work at 7am and staying there till 5pm. I made a commitment to catch up and stay at work till I was completely ready for tomorrow. There’s nothing like being 100% ready, or at least 95% ready. I decided then that I would no longer bring work home unless I have to.

It’s not that my job is hard. It isn’t easy either but it’s not quite dull and it’s a good challenge. I more often than not enjoy work and the hilarious stories I get to tell about work. I just don’t want to burn out. 

I know tons of people who started teaching and stopped and I’ve read numerous articles about teacher burnout.

I’ve been in this biz for 8 years, and while I’ve never been full-time teacher before now, I have worked as a long-term sub with all the tasks and half the pay and as a full-time assistant. I almost quit education as a preschool assistant!

I’m glad I never quit. I love teaching and besides this side hustle of blogging, there’s nothing else I would want to do in a 9-to-5 kind of job. My friends and family could never get me to stop talking about my “kids,” some of whom are getting their master’s degrees, nurses, or even photographing for ESPN! 

I put so much of my heart into teaching that there are days I come home and fall asleep before 7pm, or shed tears because I felt like a failure or when my students did something so fantastic. So for longevity sake, I’ve decided to take a step back and realize that I am doing enough.

Like with everything else in life, this is not a competition and more is not always better.

So instead of taking work home with me, I spent an hour walking around the neighborhood in search of my missing package. I’ve given up and think someone stole the dozen plastic dogs and mini magnets. :/ Guess that craft project will have to wait.

Then read blogs. A couple of my favorites:

Then read books.

Then watch TV shows with a hot Boulder guyOh yes, Boulder hippie/hipster guy with beard.

And tomorrow, I will make ice cream! YEP, I treated myself! Hopefully this doesn’t get lost…

Oh, and thanks to my history family (Conor) for treating me to this sweater… without either of us remembering.

And to Christy for treating me to this magnet from London.

Do you bring work home?

What’s your day like after work?

MIMM: More (in the new year)

1. Read more. I put out a call on Instagram for some suggestions.

2. Cook more and have sit-down meals even when it’s just me.

I made myself a few spanakopitas.

3. Move more. I quit the gym, worked out at home, and did a lot of yoga. I didn’t get in as much hiking as possible. Truth be told, I also miss training at the gym. :/

4. Sleep more. I sleep about 10 hours every day over break. This will prove problematic when I start working again.

5. Spend more time with family and friends. The holidays are a great reminder that I have some family I like. I also reconnect with many of my friends. 🙂

I’m super excited for some time with friends this week:

  • Dinner with ex-co-workers
  • Friends from North Carolina who are visiting the Sriracha Factory
  • New Year’s gathering with the girls
  • Visiting friends in LA
  • Hiking and hot chocolate with ex-co-workers
  • Once a year visit to San Diego to see Conor!*

*In communicating with Conor, I accidentally texted another Conor in my phone, a very good looking Conor whose number I got and forgot it was his. Oops.

What will you be doing in the new year?

A Very Simple Holiday Wish List [and quotes from the week]


The holidays are now in less than ONE week [for me]! The road to winter break is long and hard though, but these are some 5 fun quotes that kept me going:

1. Me to the kids: “If you don’t do this right, the test will tell you that your job prospect is a cardboard box with a trashcan view.”

2. “I’m sorry. You’re trying to help me and I’m being an asshole.” – one of the kids

3. “Don’t suffer alone.” – my department coordinator

4. “You’re always so positive.” – co-worker

5. “You seem to have it all together.” – co-worker

In response to the many holiday gift guides and wish lists floating around, I compiled a wish list. This was hard because I’m fortunate enough to have everything I need and want. To be honest, I probably will buy #1 and #2 and that’s it.

5 7 things on my wish list

1. A new but affordable blog design, maybe from 17th Avenue Designs.

2. Peppermint bark almond butter from local maker Chef Kate

3. Flamingo capri pants from Onzie, which I don’t need.

4. Orla Kiely [yoga] for Target

5. Klean Kanteen Vacuum Insulated water bottle

6. A ‘ride’ on the Pan Am flight experience although there is no way I’d pay that price!

7. Chromecast, which is a great deal and what I suggested my cousin put on his wish list.

#1 above is the only one I really want, partly because I was gifted (or bought) 5 material surprises this week

1. Odwalla smoothie from a co-worker

2. Reebok GEL-Fit Sana

3. BODYpeace book

4. A package from Mamma Chia came this week!

5. Moo business cards, which have been a long time coming. It took me 2 days to pick the design and color!

5 6 links to think about

1. 10 Struggles of Being Not Fat but Not Skinny Either – I seriously relate to 3 & 4. Let me tell you, I will never be a fashion blogger…

2. Exercise Less to Reduce Stress

3. 15 Ways to Be A Good Human Today – So important especially after my last post.

4. 9 Creative Projects to Become Your Best Self – Good for the new year!

5. Adults & Kids Answer What They Would Change About Themselves

6. Here’s What One-Size-Fits-All Actually Looks on All Body Types

What’s on your wish list?

What was a fun quote this week?