This morning I squeezed in a quick 14 mile run before we had to run around like chickens with our heads cut off… just the usual couple hours before leaving for a few days.

It wasn’t the best run, but it definitely wasn’t the worst. It’s super windy here today so midway through I was really frustrated with how hard it was feeling — even though it’s one of the shorter long runs I’ve done. And then I realized: OH DUH, the wind! The wind can have a big impact on how fast you run and can make you feel quite sluggish. At least it was too my back on the way home. The last mile was probably the best!

SO SO SO EXCITED that we leave today! Off to the land of lots of snow (yay!), the best sugar cookies in the universe (secret family recipe) and no cell phone service!

I feel like I’ve been such a Grinch these past few weeks because work has seriously consumed my life. I haven’t had a chance to enjoy my favorite time of year, or even watch my favorite holiday movies (top two: Elf and This Christmas). I tried to get into the holiday spirit at work by listening to Christmas music and it just didn’t seem to help.

One of the biggest disappointments was that I was unable to finish a project for one of my holiday gifts. I was trying to make my sister this awesome blanket, and just ran out of time. It makes me really sad because I feel like I’ve turned into that person where my life is work… and I never EVER want it to be like that.

To me, family (including friends that are like family) should be the number one priority in life and I feel like the past few weeks… it hasn’t been for me and it makes me really sad. My industry is one that takes and takes and takes… my thoughts about my career could be dedicated to one… or more… posts.

It’s a career that expects you to dedicate your world and doesn’t really give you much in return. Even if you do set boundaries (i.e., not checking email on weekends, leaving the office at a certain time, etc.), they are hard to follow because the expectation is that you ALWAYS are available to do what needs to be done. Which I’m fine with going the extra mile and working extra hours when needed, but when it becomes a daily occurrence? Not cool.

Anyways, cheers to the holiday season and the return of work/life balance to enjoy my time with my family and friends.

What is your all-time favorite holiday movie? How do you maintain work/life balance?

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