This thought came to me last week when I realized how "meh" and "dark cloud-y" (totally a DSM diagnosis) I've been lately. When I met up with my old roommate for dinner, there was nothing (aside from this blog, actually!) that I was super excited about. The commute is negating my job enjoyment, I'm exhausted always, and I can't put all of my hard work with exposure therapy to good use because, hey, I don't have a car! And that's the sort of thing that's going to require some savings and planning, i.e. no immediate fix.
Wah, wah, wah.
I started journaling about this topic, and, as usual, I came to a different revelation: I miss my Introvert Wednesdays. You see, I got to work from home on Wednesdays for the 2.5 months I was going to UPenn. It was SPECTACULAR. I could sleep in (til 8:00!), go to yoga, work in my pjs, tidy up my room, and just generally enjoy some quiet time that wasn't interrupted by ringing phones, or people yelling on Septa. I had time WITHOUT OTHER PEOPLE. (Word up, Sartre.) Not to mention that I finally had more than 3 non-sleeping hours a day at home during the week. It was delightful and gave me a chance to recharge. But that schedule is on hold at the moment due to co-workers' vacations and new project deadlines. Bummer.
Luckily, I am getting a bit better at recognizing signs of self-mistreatment (is that a term?) and taking steps toward self-care. Like, the day I was feeling super drained, I left work a bit earlier than usual, had some extra time at home, and tidied my room in delicious alone time. WONDERFUL. And I convinced my dad (with an assist from the Septa holiday sched) to let me drive TO AND FROM work on Friday the 3rd. It was so freeing and creatively nourishing to be able to sleep in, leisurely have coffee and blog, and take outfit pics, all before leaving for work... which I reached in 45 minutes, not 2 hours. It was a great reminder of what I'm working towards and what I will gain by saving for a car.
It also allowed me to dress up in this fancy skirt and sandals! Not having to worry about potentially walking a mile or sitting in something gross on the bus is really beneficial for my wardrobe!
I actually featured this skirt in my first-ever budget post (aww!), but I didn't wear it last summer because of my need to wear socks with my walking boot (not a cute look). It was worth the wait, though, as this skirt is even prettier and comfier than I remember! Who could ask for anything more? :)
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