My Typical Day vs. My Dream Typical Day

I don’t know if you’re like me but there are some times I find myself wondering what my fellow bloggers and colleagues typical days are like…what does it look like for them as they work towards their goals and dreams?

So I thought I’d share with my readers tonight what my typical day looks like…getting to know your blogger…

My Typical Day:

5:30am – wake up,hit snooze…5:35am – wake up, hit snooze…5:40am – wake up, hit snooze…5:45am – wake up, grunt, roll over, stretch, hit snooze…5:50am – wake up, hear mom’s dog running towards my room, sit up and prepare for being pounced…6am – get up, get coffee, sit on bed and practice mindfulness and by mindfulness I mean sit quietly and wait for eyes to finish opening fully…then I grab my phone and scan my work emails…this is how my typical days begin. They aren’t quite as glamorous as I’d like to report they are being a self-care blogger but hey they’re real and they aren’t so bad, they’re better than they were a few years back. Some mornings I even squeeze in a morning meditation.

My typical day at the office (after an hour commute) entails lots of conference calls, lots of emails and some campaign planning and building for the local newspapers I manage marketing for…of course each week includes some extras like event planning and form, templates and process creating among some other varieties that come with a marketing position (that also captures some customer service and retention management) – my position wears a few hats most days. I like my job, actually most days I like my job a lot. I work with some pretty awesome people, have a great boss and am able to have a good bit of creative outlet in my position as well as feed my need for project management but…it’s not my dream life, not yet.

Somewhere between 5pm and 6pm, I wrap up at the office and start on my hour trek home. So the perks of having a daily commute are: get some good thinking time in and if the radio is cooperating I can jam out for a good hour. Some days the drives are good for phone chats. The cons: it sucks up two hours of my day (which I commonly say are loss productivity – cause I’m a nerd like that) and it can be pretty tiring by the end of the week.

I get home somewhere between 6pm and 7pm usually and I sit and have dinner with my mom and we have our “gals time” watching a funny Netflix show – right now we’re on the ‘The Mysteries of Laura’ (we wrapped up ‘Grace & Frankie’ a couple of weeks ago…I’ll share my list of Netflix/Amazon shows I’ve binged through later this week!) – and catch up on our days together. My Mom usually heads up to bed about 8-8:30pm and then it becomes my time.

I grab a cup of hot tea and hook my pup up with a bully stick or tendon to get her settled. I’ll fill my diffuser with fresh water and drops of my Young Living Essential Oils to fill my room with mellow and focusing scents (aromatherapy is a daily thing for me).  Keeping up with my routines that I committed to in writing in my Commit30 Planner, I wash my face, take my vitamins (a Women’s Multi, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D are my staples), power through 30 crunches quick and my newest addition, get in some stretches my personal trainer taught me or a quick yoga routine, switch Netflix or Amazon back on and then I grab my laptop and plop on my bed…this is my time to work on my dreams and goals!

I’ll get lost in my various projects for the next couple of hours – it could be building social media posts, graphics, workshop lessons, writing blog posts, or even socializing my content. Believe it or not, the time will fly by. These things may sound a bit tedious but they are love to me…this is me building my business, working on making my dreams come true…this is where my passions are coming to life.

About 10:30-10:45pm I’ll close up my laptop and start to unwind. I like to unwind by sketching, painting and reading.

My goal is to for my pillow to hit the sack about 11pm but some nights I’ll be totally honest it’s not until about midnight by the time I’m settled.

So there’s my typical week day in my current situation…now what does my dream typical day look like? Here’s what I foresee in my future:

My (Future) Typical Day:

5am – wake up, no snooze, get up out of bed, stretch. Grab a cup of coffee and sit by the window for some mindfulness time to just sit and take in the morning. I’ll sit and record morning thoughts in my journal.

5:30am – Morning Meditation.

6am – wake my body and spirit up with a morning yoga practice.

7am – shower and get ready for the day.

7:30am – make breakfast and start with reviewing emails (blog and business emails!) and review my to do list and write out my plans and tasks for the day.

8am – start into my blog and business tasks – whatever is planned for the day – writing, workshop planning, coaching, etc.

11am – hit the gym for some weight training.

12pm – lunch.

1pm – back to some blog and business tasks.

4pm – wrap up my day. Start/Knock out some home tasks and chores.

5pm – get a run in.

6pm – Cook dinner.

7pm – Evening relaxing – maybe some tv time, some painting or sketching time, whatever strikes my fancy that evening.

9pm – Reading time.

10pm – bedtime.

I think it’s important to be able to visualize a typical dream day, realistically, what would it look like if you met your goals and made your dreams a reality? That would be – will be – my typical day – maybe that day would be by the beach, maybe some days will be full of adventure and business and blog tasks will be in the evening, but what I truly want is the freedom to make up my own day and my own schedule and do it all while serving my passions and purpose. 

What would your dream typical day look like? What will your future look like?

 

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The Marvelous Things I Do Every Sunday

Sundays are my favorite day of the week! Maybe it’s because I’m a power planner and I look forward to prepping for the week ahead. Or maybe it’s because I always squeeze a little lazy time into my Sundays to chill and refresh for the busy week I know is coming. Or maybe there’s just something sanctimonious about a Sunday to me. I think it’s a little bit of all of the above. Sundays always feel a bit new to me, like I’m kicking off a new project or starting a new adventure, there’s just something invigorating about it for me.

  1. I clean up my home. I wash the dishes and put them away. I clean my bathroom and I pick up my bedroom. I always find I feel better throughout the week being able to get ready in a clean area and starting my week off with the house looking fresh and tidy.
  2. I finish the laundry and put away my clothes. Making sure my clothes are clean and I have what I need for the week always helps me feel more sane and helps me stay pulled together even when the week gets busy and hectic.
  3. I review my planner and schedule for the week making sure I don’t have any surprises ahead in the week. Knowing what you have coming in the week helps give you a stronger mindset to manage your days.
  4. I spend some time with my blog. I review my blog editorial calendar and plan out some time throughout the week to write accordingly. I build and schedule out my social media posts for the week. I stumble my recent posts. I build at least the outline draft for my weekly email. This way I have a good structure for the week and can time block some evenings for writing.
  5. I plan my meals for the week. This keeps me on plan with my healthy eating and I can make sure I have what I need for lunches and dinners before the week starts.
  6. I plan out my outfit for Monday morning, or at least get some ideas of what I want to wear. This takes out some of the hustle on a Monday morning.
  7. I take a quick go-through of my work emails. My inbox always seems to fill up over the weekend so I find my Monday mornings are a bit more relaxing if I can clear out the junk mail and organize the others into their correct files and flag priority emails to find easily come the morning.
  8. I indulge in a facial treatment. Sundays are a good day for me to get in a little extra skin care. I apply a detoxing facial mask and then follow up with an organic facial oil. I find it relaxing and I love feeling a little extra pampered.
  9. I Netflix (or Amazon Prime) and chill. I always make it a point to get a little lazy time in on my Sundays. This is important to me because I don’t get much down time during the week. I’m currently powering through a show on Amazon called ‘Humans’.
  10. I spend some time sketching or painting. I am a huge advocate of art therapy. I always find it a wonderful way for me to release some built up stress or frustration. It helps me relax and recharge before the week starts.

Maybe this seems like a little bit of a busy day to some but for me this is my day, my time. Getting myself organized and balanced out helps me have a better week. It helps me feel prepared and gives me peace of mind. What routines do you have on Sundays to prepare for your week?

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Year in Review – My Favorite Photos

A photo is so much more than just a photo. It’s a moment captured. Within one photo, so many memories and thoughts are held. 2017 was a tough year and it had several downs and many lessons learned but it also had many wonderful times. Times of strength, times of when love was discovered and joy was born.

This week I took some time to reflect on the year, sifting through photos that were taken throughout the year and just taking some time to sit and be grateful. Grateful for the people that stuck by my side throughout the year, grateful for the adventures I was able to attend and for the challenges I conquered.

My Year in Review: Photo Style

Photo Shoots & Art

Artistically, this was a big year of growth for me. I painted in more color, pushed boundaries and expanded topics, explored with varied mediums, and was in more art shows this year than ever before. I even painted a “party llama” for my best gal’s birthday! Super fun!

The same goes for my photo shoots. New angles, new styles, and new sides of me. Thank you to my photographer Anthony Machcinski, I was able to capture some of my favorite shots and discover a little bit about myself along the way. A little shout out to him – his photos are definitely worth checking out more @PhotosbyChinski on Facebook. Here’s a little sneak of one of my favorite photos from his collection (which I must note, it is so amazing to be able to have artwork next to his in the local art shows – gives me kind of that “look at us, we’re kind of like rock stars” warm and fuzzy feeling).

 

Food & Drink

Let’s just be honest here, food and drink is a pretty important category for every year. This year I really made a point to try new things though (which you’ll get to see a fun list in a later post “New Things I Tried in 2017). I tried new fish, fell in love with charcuterie boards, had champagne on my birthday, ate at a french restaurant, created amazing vegetarian pizzas for meatless Fridays during Lent, and had my first repin of a restaurant meal! It was kind of a fun foodie kind of year.

Adventures & Bucket List Items

I had one big grand adventure this year that I was able to cross off my bucket list – NOLA Trip!!! But I learned this year that it doesn’t have to be grand or far away to be an adventure. Adventures can happen anywhere, including right in your town or backyard! I crossed off touring the Haines Shoe House (yes it’s a house shaped like a shoe – an actual shoe – read more about it here: ‘What’s Up With That Huge Shoe by Route 30?’), I had a fun day being a big kid and eating lots of ice cream at the Turkey Hill Experience, I ran a 10 mile race in June (yeah, yeah, I know I talk about it all the time – but come on, this was a huge feat for me!), did squats by Inner Harbor in Baltimore for a fitness post, yoga in a bunny costume, bet on a horse race…no matter where you are, you can always find an adventure.

Little Moments & More Favorites

Coming home and seeing that your son made your mannequin dab, realizing that your dad’s old truck makes an awesome black and white photo, being rained out of a local charity race to find fun in grabbing grub at the local market, the beautiful flower in the garden you see in the morning that makes your day, Duck Donuts Mommy and Son Breakfast Dates, watching the pups always bantering on who has what, the cranky snapchat picture you send your BFF after a bad day……

 Finding out your dad has a brain tumor and that he’s going to need surgery but going out as a family and having a wonderful day anyways because you know that together you can make it through, the inspiration on your desk, the new puppy to the family, the moment you realize how much your son is like you, the funny things that happen at work, the beautiful sunrise you catch after an early morning gym appointment, the unconditional love from a pet……

The face you make when you know you have to go to the gym, you’re going to go to the gym, but you don’t want to go to the gym. The first time the puppy gets mail, the Subway lunch you’re having at 7:32 in the morning because you’re day started at 4am for Black Friday Shopping, and of course the SnapChat filters that make you feel pretty and laugh every darn time……

Life can have so many beautiful moments, big and small, sometimes silly, sometimes awakening. Celebrate them all, every day, every week, every month, every year. Celebrate you, your life, and everyone in it. <3 Onward to a new year ahead!

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A Thoughtful & Grateful Week

Good Morning Beautiful Friday! It’s super cold here but the sun is coming up and I’m looking forward to a wonderful day!

I found myself in deeper thoughts this week, feeling a bit emotional and sensitive. It helped me see some important insight about myself and my life through it this week though. Some good, relaxing painting time last night and a great personal training appointment this morning is helping balance me out again and getting ready for a busy and fun weekend.

Tonight I’ll be heading to a Decked Out Art Show – a super cool local charity event. Local artists (including myself) painted and decorated skateboard decks which will be auctioned off tonight to benefit a local skate park. This show is always a great time and I’m very excited to have my family and friends join me at the event tonight!

What am I thankful for this week?

1.) I’m thankful for the immense growth and development I’ve had in my painting skills and style. I am naturally an eclectic person but I feel like I’ve really come into a nice style that fits me. I have pushed boundaries this year in painting different items and placements, started incorporating different methods, and have been learning to lose myself in the process by letting go and letting it flow.

2.) I’m thankful for my co-workers. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to work with some really talented, hard-working and caring people. I have built some strong friendships through my workplace and I wouldn’t give them away for anything. Thank you co-workers for being so supportive and helpful!

3.) I’m thankful for the patience I am learning to have with myself. I’m learning to enjoy my journey more, take my time to grow, and not feel like I need to rush to the end result. I’m learning to forgive myself more and to be more accepting of my mistakes and the lessons I’m learning as I go and be more proud and excited about progress not perfection.

4.) I’m thankful for my phone. Yeah, I know this is kind of a materialistic thankful thing but the reality is that my phone allows me to multi-task more and to be on the go more which fits my busy lifestyle. I’m thankful for all those folks out there that created the apps that help me stay on track and stay sane.

5.) I’m thankful for my ex-husband and his wife. I’m so proud of how far we’ve come and that we can call each other family and that (to be honest, sometimes I boast) we have built a strong foundation to be the best parents and team that we can be for my son. We had our many struggles as we learned to work together and to let by-gones be by-gones but we did it and we did it together. I’m proud of that and I’m thankful that we have the relationship that we have.

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A Fall Hike & My Sunday Self-Care Routine

There’s something so healing and soothing about being surrounded by nature. 

Today I got to head out on a hike for a work event…sometimes my job can be so fun! We headed up to Chickies Rock in Columbia. A nice walk through the woods, down the path to a beautiful overlook above the Susquehanna River. We were in the perfect moment of the day between rain and the leaves had just fallen coating the ground with oranges, greens, and reds. There was a group of about eight of us, some of us meeting for the first time. The diversity of conversation as we stood at the overlook and peered at the river rocks was great, filled with chats about movies to kids to more hiking stories.

Prepare for your week by doing something relaxing, enlightening and releasing on Sunday.

Sundays are my favorite day of the week. They’re my day to recharge and prepare for the week.

My #SelfCareSunday Routine:

  1. Go for a hike, do yoga in the park, go for a walk in your neighborhood – Get outside and breathe.
  2. Laundry day.
  3. Facial – a quick at home treatment to refresh for the upcoming week. My favorite right now is Triple Threat Detox Mask from Kalos. I received it in my Summer CauseBox this year and it is amazing!
  4. Paint your nails.
  5. Review your planner and schedule – this helps me prep for the week. I also plan out my exercise routine and blogging schedule for the week.
  6. Journal or Art Journal – this is a great way to release stress, thoughts and emotions from the previous week so you can start a new week with a clear mind.
  7. Pick up clutter and clean up the kitchen – this makes such a difference for me on a Monday morning.
  8. Call your Mom (or a friend) – I love a good chat with my mom. It’s a great way to go through all the “adventures” from the previous week.
  9. Netflix and Chill – I won’t lie, I totally spend part of my day Netflix binging and it chills me out for the upcoming week. My current obsession is Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce.
  10. Have a cup of hot tea – I end every night with a cup of tea…okay actually I drink tea all the time but I always have one in the evening while I’m winding down.

Sundays are a great day for a little pampering, a lot of self care and some self love to prepare yourself for the upcoming week. Make sure to make a little time for you! 

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I Hit The Pause Button

It’s been such a while since I’ve written, shared, or to be honest even visited my blog. It wasn’t that I was turning my back on all of you or my dreams. I just found myself overwhelmed with all the things going on in my life. I tried hard at the beginning to stick to my routines and to push through the chaos but I kept sliding, feeling like I was in the middle of a meteor shower with all space rocks being hurdled at me. I learned quite a lesson about how self-care can mutate in our lives depending on what’s going on in our lives. At first, I lectured myself and felt guilty for not sticking to my tasks and my daily habits. I felt down and out and so stressed then I started letting things fall off my plate. (I had quite the process of the last few months happen in my mind). I started wondering that if by holding myself so strict to all of my habits and to my task list was hindering my ability to get through this stressful time in my life. I started allowing myself to let go and convincing myself that it was okay and I could come back to all the things I loved and get back on plan again once things calmed down. As good as I like to think I am, my brain just didn’t have the capacity to process all that was running through it. I needed to set some things aside. This was another lesson in my life about self-love and self-care. Giving up didn’t mean I was quitting, in actuality I was just putting some things on pause. The truth is that even if we are practicing amazing daily habits that are getting us closer to our goals, life still can throw some big curve balls at us and sometimes we need to shelf things…and that’s okay! It doesn’t mean we quit on our dreams or abandoned anyone or anything. It just means we are taking the time and space to deal with what’s in front of us at that time. I still have some hectic weeks ahead of me (I am sooooo looking to some slower schedules come fall!!!) but I’m able to see the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter so I’m slowly adding my habits, my tasks, and my goals back to the planner. I am looking forward to getting back to my routines and with a new perspective on life I am excited to go after them in new light! 

~ Much Love ~ 

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How to Keep your Pup Busy & Entertained the Natural Way

 

It can be a challenge to keep the pups entertained when you have so much going on…though I’d love to spend my whole days running around, throwing the ball or playing tug-of-war with my pups I know that’s just not my option most days. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely sneak in some play time throughout the day but there are the down times I need to get some time behind the computer screen so keeping the pups entertained on those counts is a must. 

My pup Lucy has a gluten-allergy which surprisingly I learned that most dog treats have some form of gluten in them so when she was diagnosed we went all natural with her. She gets home cooked meals or special dog food, and she gets elite treats which can add up the cost quick visiting specialty dog treat boutiques, especially since she’s quite the busy body.

When we discovered Bully Sticks, we felt saved. We had found a treat that both pups love that we could feel confident were all natural and gluten free. 

Lucy eagerly but patiently waiting for her Wyldlife Pets bully stick.

 

5 Natural Treats To Keep In The Treat Drawer

 

1.) Bones – The key to these is to make sure they are actual, natural bones. Stay away from rawhide. It has been proven through several studies that rawhide does not digest properly in a dog’s stomach and can cause several health problems down the road. You can grab some bones from the butcher or shop for all natural bones. Here are some I found that are fairly inexpensive – All Natural Grass Fed Meaty Bones.

 

 

2.) Himalayan Mountain Dog Chews – Lucy makes her way through these a little faster but she still really enjoys them. I love how simple the ingredients are in these – Cow’s Milk, Yak Milk, Salt, Lime Juice. No Artificial Ingredients, No Additives, No Preservatives. 

 

 

3.) Bully Sticks –  These are Lucy’s favorite treat! I came across Wyldlife Pets subscription pack and special savings and it has been wonderful! I always know that these are on their way to replenishing our treat drawer. It gives me so much peace to know that I can give Lucy a treat to keep her happy and healthy. Check out their deals here – Wyldlife Pets Bully Stick & Tendon Mix.

 

4.) Hooves –  Fill these will some all natural peanut butter and you can keep your pup entertained for a bit as they work to get all the peanut butter out and then to sit and chew away at the hoof. Words of caution though – these babies hurt if you find yourself stepping on one in the middle of the night, so collect them after your pup is done chewing!

 

5.) Chicken Feet –  Okay, I know these are a little weird to have laying around the house but the pups go crazy for them! I promise they aren’t as bad as they sound. They don’t even smell as weird as some of the other treats we’ve tried in the past…we tried the raw bones, that was something to get used to!

 

You can check out all of Lucy’s favorite toys and chews here – Keeping Your Pup Entertained.

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How To Plan A Healthy Schedule When You’re Super Busy

It’s no secret that I’ve been really hammering down and trying to build a simpler life…I always manage to have a lot on my plate though and that seems to be how it’s going to be for a bit yet…but I am working on organizing my life so that I can complete more tasks efficiently, add more mindfulness into my days, and focus on my main priorities first.

I’ve been de-cluttering like crazy (you can check out my Closet Clean Out Post here), working on redefining my blog and blog series to align more with my goals in life and career, and have been focusing on building a routine and more balanced days. It can be a tough gig to balance out a full time job, blog full time, focus on the launching of a boutique, and be a mom on top of everything else that falls into our laps but I’m a very determined gal!

Here’s how I planned out my goal schedule for my work week:

 

I know that I’ll have to be flexible on some days but this helps give me a good guideline to follow. On the weekends I’ll tackle chores, social and family activities and I’ll work additional blog and boutique task time in. Also will tackle classes for my Health/Life Coaching Certification on weekends. I know this all seems like a bit of a hustle but it’s what I need to do to reach my goals! If I learn to manage my time well and make the most out of it, focus on continuing to move forward, and make sure each day includes healthy habits and self-care routines then I know I’ll land on top <3

8 Key Tips To Remember When Building Your Schedule:

1.) Allow yourself some flexibility. Don’t beat yourself up if you have to move things around some to fit what’s come up for the week.

2.) Hold yourself accountable. Even if you have to move some things around, the key is to move them, not delete priorities altogether.

3.) Get rid of tasks and to-do’s that aren’t serving value to your goals or your life.

4.) Allow yourself time to rest. If you’re feeling exhausted, make a note of it. What can you adjust to ease up on yourself? I make sure to allow some down time on the weekends for myself to recuperate.

5.) Have activities that are fun or enjoyable in your schedule.

6.) Don’t negate self-care routines. Make sure there is some in each day!

7.) Make sure you are ensuring you have enough sleep. Everyone is a little different in how much sleep they need. Make sure to allow the time you need each night.

8.) Eat healthy. Food is our main source of energy. I just noticed that I don’t have breakfast on my schedule…doesn’t mean I don’t ever eat breakfast, I usually have a breakfast sandwich and cappuccino or a fruit smoothie once I get to the office while I go through my emails

Here are some other helpful posts to help you on your journey:

Here’s what a weekend looks like for me: A Day in My Life – Weekend Tasks & Bliss – Balancing Chores, Self-Care and Fun All In One Day

Creating a to-do list that you can manage –  How To Build A Better To-Do List

Tips to keep stress under control – Top Tips For Managing Stress From Wellness Bloggers With Stress Experience

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A Day in My Life – Weekend Bliss & Tasks

Get To Know Your Blogger

What’s a day in my life like? Well I make sure I have at least a little adventure in each day. I focus on finding beauty and peace in each of my days. I make sure to do at least three things to help me get closer to my goals. I include some self-care practices into every day. And I like to have a little fun each day.

This post may contain affiliate links. For more information please reference my disclosure page. All opinions are my own. 

Before everyone woke up, I was able to get some quiet time at the kitchen table with my planner. I used this time to work on some editorial planning for my blog while I drank my morning cup of tea. 

Well the kiddo is up…the interesting sound effects that are coming from the living room…I let my son play some video games in the morning while I worked on wrapping up some chores.

The pups take a late morning nap while I finish putting my clean clothes away. 

Finding inspiration and peace in watering my lemon tree plant. 

 

Trying out our crafty sides, my son and I made a sun-melted candle…it wasn’t too hot today though so it hasn’t melted yet but we’re looking forward to a hot day to see the finished project! 

Checked off my to-do list making all natural dog shampoo and soap for a local dog shop. 

Took a few minutes to add some ideas/blog posts to my editorial calendar…yeah I pretty much keep my computer open all day for intermittent tasks…not the best habit but it’s working for me for now. 

Post bath time pic of the pups, washed up with all natural doggie shampoo with lemon and lavender pure essential oils. 

In my thirties and I had never done the Diet Coke & Mentos Experiement. Well I can check that off my bucket list now! You can see a snippet of the go-down on YouTube here

Celebrating Memorial Day with a picnic food dinner. Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Homemade Pickles, Pasta Salad, and more, yum! 

Cookie Cake is my favorite (aside Chocolate Torte). I eat (several) small pieces to psych myself into believing I’m not actually eating almost the whole thing. 

Starting a Tarot Card Journaling Challenge this week – I’ll pull a card each day and write how it is relevant to my life and what my intentions are after considering my reading. Tarot Card Reading is a great way to pursue intuition reading and reflection. 

Back to some blogging tasks – adding tasks to my CoSchedule calender…which I am finding a blessing of a service for organizing and managing my blog. 

Some evening Yoga & Meditation to relax and decompress from the day. Shameless plug – I absolutely love the stuff I get from ProSource and love their prices too – if you’re a yogi, or even an all around fitness enthusiast, this place is worth checking out. 

Winding down with a cup of hot tea (I easily drink 5 cups of tea a day) and a movie with the fam.