Happy 2017! I haven’t talked to you guys since last year so we are way overdue for a life catch-up. I’m sure you’ll hear that joke a million times today. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season…I want to hear about it! Grab your coffee, tea or kombucha and let’s chat.
If we were having kombucha, I’d tell you about my job
Crazy that we’re talking about this when just over a month ago things were so different. First things first, I’d admit to still being in the thick of the adjustment stage. I’d ask how long it took you to feel comfortable/confident at your job. 2 months? 6? A year?
I work at a digital marketing agency so it’s a fast-paced, dynamic environment. The projects vary from day-to-day (even hour to hour), which I believe is typical of agency life. I’m on the “content” team so the bulk of my day is spent writing for different clients. It’s a good challenge and I’ve already learned so much. Unfortunately, I’m still very exhausted at night but who knows if that will ever change. I’d ask if you are productive in the evenings after work. If so, I’d make you spill your secrets.
I’d also tell you that I plan to write more about my adjustment to an 8-6 lifestyle, exercise, meal prep, etc., but that I have to live a little more of it first.
If we were having kombucha, we’d talk about the holiday season
I’d likely pose the cliché “can you believe it’s 2017?” before asking about your holiday. Did you travel? Did you get engaged? Or better…did you get a puppy? I’d tell you that my family and I stayed in Florida for Christmas. The bulk of my extended family lives in the northeast but we are lucky to have some members close by. Oh and I didn’t get engaged, nor did I get a puppy. The two in my life are a handful at the moment.
I’d tell you a fun fact: Christmas Eve is one of the few days of the year when I get excited about dressing up. Don’t worry, on Christmas Day I stayed in pajamas until 2 p.m.
I’d also mention how much I love having my sister around. She doesn’t go back to school for another week so I’m still in a somewhat holiday-mode. Then I’d show you this picture below. I’d try to lie and say that she copied my outfit but I’m a bad liar so you’d know that I totally copied hers.
If you brought it up, I’d tell you about my birthday (it was this past Friday). It was simple, but just what the doctor ordered…and orders every year. I went for a run with my mom, took a yoga class, spent time with friends, got a massage, had a family dinner and went bowling.
Then I’d ask what you typically do for your birthday. Party? Group dinner? Spa day? Play hookey?
If we were having kombucha, I *might* talk about fitness
I’d tell you that I’m cautiously optimistic about my progress fitness-wise. Still no HIIT or sprints or fast runs. Cardio is slower, shorter and involves walks by the water (on the weekend). I have been running occasionally but it’s not worth
writing home about discussing over kombucha yet. The bulk of my exercise happens in the weight room.
I’d say that strength training continues to feel really good! I alternate heavier, basic routines (major muscle groups) with more animated and dynamic routines (cables, jumps and arguably “fluffier” moves). I’m always on the hunt for new workout ideas so I’d ask what you’ve been doing lately. Group ex? Yoga? Solo runs? If it came up in conversation (because I’m not that weird) I’d share some of my favorite circuits and sources of inspiration as of late.
-Alexia Clark. She posts her workout routines/videos on Instagram and they are short but challenging.
-Jen @ Peanut Butter Runner. This upper body workout is my go-to!
-Lauren Gleisberg. I’ve done like this back and chest one a few times.
If we were having kombucha, I’d ask if you have travel plans for 2017
I’d tell you that while I haven’t booked any trips, National Geographic’s list of “Best Trips in 2017” gave me a major case of wanderlust. I’d pull out my phone, go to the article and read you the list. In the U.S. there’s Kauai, Hawaii, Anchorage, Alaska and Georgia. Yep, the entire state. I’ve been there but I’d gladly go back, it’s beautiful! Outside of the U.S. the places that stuck out to me are Malta, Banff and Finland. Iceland has been on my list for two years but apparently that’s so 2016. Likely, any trips I take this year will be within the U.S.
I’d listen to your travel plans and then ask if I could fit in your suitcase.
If we were having kombucha, I’d say that I hope we can chat again this week
That’s the plan but I’m going to play it by ear. It’s not you, it’s me. But really. I’d wish you and your family an awesome start to the new year!
Before leaving I’d reluctantly ask if your favorite football team made the playoffs. As long as you aren’t a Cowboy’s fan I’d half-genuinely congratulate you. Then I’d tell you that next year will be the Eagles year. I’m positive this time.