London

“London is always a good idea.”

I truly went into London exhausted, and just mentally drained. I left London in one of the best head spaces I’ve been in, in a while. My best friend Lauren told me London would be life changing and it was. All of the architecture and the museums, just the culture amazed me.

We chose to schedule as much as possible within 3 days so that we could go spend a few days with some family friends up in York so our trip was packed!! We still go to see so much but next time I would definitely spread it out a little more. There were certain exhibits or museums I wish I got to explore a little more, but we had a trip of a life time and I wouldn’t have changed how we did it!

It’s not a secret I have been struggling with stress and a little anxiety recently so I was in my own head. I made a deal with myself that I would try really hard to get out of my head on this trip and for the most part it worked… sorry Mom for those few moments of crankiness!

Okay lets get into the trip!!

We had an overnight flight to London out of JFK with a quick layover in Shannon Ireland. The flight to Ireland we got the luck of the irish – the flight was basically empty so we ended up getting a full row to ourselves! We both spread out and got to actually sleep! When we arrived in Ireland (an hour and half early) luckily the restaurants were open so we were able to get breakfast! Our flight from Ireland to London was super quick!

When we arrived in London we took the tube (Subway/underground) to Kings Cross Station. We were slightly early to check in for our air bnb so we grabbed coffee. After hanging out at the coffee shop for a little while we decided to try and find our airbnb. (Tip #1 – bring a map, or look it up ahead of time) we totally went the wrong direction and ended up walking way further than we needed to! Once we arrived at the flat we met the property manager and he showed us around! The flat was very nice. Comfortable and convenient to everything. We settled in and changed before leaving to do the bus tour. (Tip #2 – Take a quick nap if you have an overnight flight) The bus tour was a slight blur since we were so tired! We chose the hop on hop off bus (golden tours) It was great to see some of the sites and familiarize ourselves with the area but the actual tour was recorded so it kept skipping parts. A real tour guide would have been so much better! – If you can find a tour with a real person, do that! We could barely keep our eyes open so we decided to grab a snack, take a nap and then head back out for dinner. Well that didn’t go as planned. We ended up grabbing pizza at a local place (pizza union – so yummy definitely check it out) and headed back to the flat. We ate our food and passed out!! Neither of us set an alarm so 3.5 hours later I woke up. We both weren’t hungry so we just went right to bed.

Day 2

We woke up around 8:30AM, showered and got ready for the day. It was supposed to be the coldest day so we dressed for it and thank god we did! It wasn’t awful during the day but we were out until 9PM and it got chilly!!

We started our day with the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. Slightly over rated if you ask me but cool to say we did it. If you are going to do it get there PLENTY early and get a spot near the palace gates. The guards march from the street into the gates of the palace and then there is a ceremony. Definitely not my favorite thing and very hard to see.

We then decided to walk through the park to the main area towards the London Eye. (use it as a reference as you can see if from almost everywhere) We happened to stumble upon the Calvary museum and debated upon going in. SO GLAD WE DID. Not only was it a great museum, you can dress up as the soldiers in the field and the guards at the palace. One of the guides stopped to talk to us and she was phenomenal. Extremely knowledgeable about the area, the museum and provided us with many insider details. She also advised us to go outside to the court area on the hour to watch the changing of the guards. Lastly at 4pm they do a end of shift inspection. Be sure to check both of those out!! They aren’t nearly as crowded and it is interesting to see the process and the tradition. We then walked to grab lunch at a quaint spot nearby.

After lunch mom wanted to go to the Winston Churchill War rooms… I wasn’t so enthused. But the line was so long we decided to come back later. We strolled over to Westminster abbey to find yet another long line!! But this was WORTH the wait! WOW JUST WOW. Be sure to check times before you go, apparently the day we went it was only open from 2-3:30pm. About 30 people behind us they closed the gates so we got lucky! After what seemed like forever we finally got inside. They give you a headset and a Ipad looking device to walk around. There are no photos allowed inside so you truly have to be in the moment. Walking around the abbey and seeing the beauty and the craftsmanship that went into constructing it is truly magnificent. There are plenty of places to stop and say a prayer or just soak it in. My two favorite moments were near the beginning there is a place to light a candle and say a prayer, which I did and it was just a magical moment. The second was one of the officiants got up to unite everyone to say a prayer and it was another moment that you wont’ forget.

After leaving Westminster Abbey we quickly made our way back to the Calvary museum to watch the end of shift inspection!  – This was really interesting! Its truly amazing to see the time they put into looking the part and respecting tradition.

After the inspection we noticed the line for the war rooms was much shorter and decided to go check that out! Let me first say it was fascinating. But it was LONG! Be prepared to be in there for almost two hours. The rooms for the most part have remained untouched since Churchill used them. The rooms are all underground including a museum dedicated to his life story. Actually quite an interesting story. Some of his quotes are my favorites! The man has a way with words I will give him that! I didn’t expect to enjoy the war rooms as much as I did.

Of course once leaving the war rooms we were hungry but decided to go do the London Eye first! Sadly upon arrival we discovered the ticket office was closed. You are able to ride after the office closes if you purchased a double ticket. Meaning you rode during the day or purchased a ticket for a later ride. So we grabbed ice cream and walked along the river! After a little while we wanted to eat dinner.

Little advice…  (Tip #3) look ahead to find restaurants you want to eat at! We walked around for a while before finding something that looked good. We ended up eating at a place called Prezzo. DELICIOUS!!! Wow. I had the mushroom risotto and a side salad. Mom had the goat cheese pea pasta with pomodoro sauce and a side salad. For dessert we both had the vanilla cheesecake with raspberryies and peppermint tea. The whole meal was divine. I would definitely recommend you try it!!

We walked to the tube after dinner and ended up in Picadilly Square – OH WOW!!! I was obsessed and definitely want to go back and explore. Lots of shopping, street performers, theaters, restaurants etc. It was beautiful, clean and just seemed like a great place to explore!

We took the tube back to Kings cross and of course grabbed a few snacks before turning into the flat.

A jammed pack day for sure, but amazing none the less. London is so far one of my favorite cities and its only been 2 days J

Day 3

Woke up a little late, grabbed breakfast at the black sheep coffee shop and headed into London. First stop was city cruises – it was nice. Very crowded but nice way to get down to the tower of London. The best view of the London bridge was on the city cruises boat! Unobstructed and gorgeous! We went in the tower and started the audio tour. – You can easily spend about half a day here so book out some of your day. The tour was extremely interesting especially when you really put yourself in their shoes. The café on site had some really tasty food! I highly recommend the potato and leek soup! Also the chocolate cake was yummy too!

The line for the crown jewels was SO SO LONG. If its long outside, its even longer inside! We did get through about 75% of the tour but just ran out of time. So I would definitely recommend getting there early and spending a solid 4-5 hours there, 6 if you want to do lunch!

We left the tower and proceeded to take the tube over to kengsington gardens. This area of London was far less crowded and the grounds were beautiful. We walked through the gardens to the palace. There is a really nice palace tour featuring Queen Victoria and then a great princess Diana exhibit.

After leaving the palace we went back down town and took a ride on the London eye. If you think about it too much it’s a little scary but its beautiful to see! Originally the London Eye was only going to be open for 5 years, and now it has been extended to 24 years. It was fun, but a little overpriced. It is ne of those things you do once just to say you did it! I would try to catch a ride near sunset because that would be beautiful!!

After our ride we walked through the town and stumbled upon a pub called the silver cross. Love the concept, you seat yourself and order at the bar. They only have a few staff members as they do not need anyone serving or attending to each table. The food was mediocre so not a restaurant you must go to. We then took the tube to oxford circus to get wafflemeister. Love the concept, but the food didn’t live up. Its basic sweet waffles with gelato. – Find a more local dessert spot! We walked back to Picadilly Circus to walk off those waffles and then took the tube back to Kings Cross.

Day 4

Off to York to see our family friends!!

We happened upon a street market near Kings Cross station where local food vendors sold yummy delicious treats! Lots of carbs but its vacation so try a few things! We took the train up to York. The trip was beautiful, I could stare at the landscape for hours. We arrived at our friends house and ate a nibbley lunch! After lunch we had some tea and just caught up. Then we took a walk through town to get the lay of the land. York is so scenic and stunning. The landscapes, the small town, the cute shops, the tiny little restaurants, and trinket shops ahh Im obsessed! We stopped for a pint and then continued home. Had a spot of tea and then made dinner. – YES David’s cooking is life changing! After dinner mom did their Myers Briggs to determine their type. (If you know my mom, you’ve already been assessed!) We had dessert and a lot of laughs which was nice because its been rough for me lately. We spoke a bit about where I’m at and where I’m going and it was nice to get some reassurance that I’m on the right path. David and Anne are truly two of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. They have such a great outlook on life and truly offer the best advice. (I won’t tell you too much about them but you will find out more about them soon- hint hint)

Day 5

We woke up to a quick breakfast followed by coffee at this quaint little coffee house with Anne. Its hidden within the wall protecting York. It has outdoor seating and the coziest area to drink coffee, relax and chat. After coffee mom and I roamed around York popping in and out of shops. York has some of the cutest little shops you can imagine. In the middle of the day we walked along the wall overlooking the Minster which was neat. You cannot walk all the way around but there are still parts available. We stopped for lunch at a little café and had cheese toasties with chips! After buying a hundred chocolate bars and walking through every charity store we found our way back to David and Annes for afternoon tea. We made reservations for dinner at a small Thai restaurant in town. OH WOW! I am not one to usually like Thai food but this was fabulous! They were very accommodating with food allergies and everyone enjoyed their meals and you cannot beat the company.

Day 6

We woke up a little early and went into town for some coffee and breakfast with Anne. It was scrumpcious. I had banana chocolate chip pancakes with nutella…. I mean come on! You cannot beat that. After breakfast we popped into the charity stores to try one last time to find mom a wool coat – shockingly VERY hard to find. We then went to Lakeland Leather, which is a local leather shop and hit the jackpot! I found a few poncho sweaters, the softest scarf in the world and a leather purse, which is divine!! Even mom and Anne were loving the store! After spending wayyyy too much money we headed back to the flat to catch our taxi to train! After a sad “see ya later” we headed to the train. I really can’t get over the train, it was extremely comfortable and seeing the countryside is just fascinating.

Once we arrived back in Kings cross we grabbed a quick sammie and headed for our hotel. We decided to stay near the airport as our flight was earlier in the morning. – Couple tips and FYI’s – hotels near the airport have SMALL SINGLE BEDS and there is NOTHING close! Well restaurants in the hotel are about your only option. There is a free bus, so we hopped on and found a little restaurant not too far away. Green man is this quaint little authentic pub. The mismatched tables and chairs and the random paint colors. The short height of the ceiling it was just so great. I love the concept of English Pubs, you seat yourself and order from the bar. A waitress/bartender delivers your food and then checks in to make sure all is good as well as clears your table. It’s a neat concept that really would be a niche for the states. – Hmm.. What am I thinking next?

Day 7

We woke up early and hopped the free bus to the airport. Heading home!

Couple things to keep in mind… the airport and security are way different than the states. To get your boarding pass and check your bags you use an automated machine. You put your own luggage tag on, scan the tag and then press the button to move the belt to drop your bag. Once you get to security – you scan your boarding pass and stand to get your photo taken or face scanned. Then you proceed through security – They are strict with electronics and any type of liquids! They do provide small clear bags so be sure all your makeup, small liquids, lotions etc are in the clear bags and remember to take your laptops and ipads out of your bag!

Once through security we went to find our gate, come to find out they do not post the gate location till about 20 minutes before boarding… slightly stressful but luckily we made our flight!

We had a short layover in Shannon Ireland, which was even shorter as we were delayed out of London. When we de boarded the plane in Shannon we had to rush to get to our new gate which was a process. First you have to get off the plane go through customs, rush to security (again) yes you have to take out your electronics, your shoes, sweaters etc. Once through security you have to walk through the gift shop – which is great by the way if you have time really walk through and look at all the goodies. We had a few extra minutes so of course I bought all the chocolate I could! – Almost 50 Euro worth (EEEEKKKK)

Once our gate was posted we headed over which you have to go through customs (AGAIN) and then head to the gate. It was definitely a process. Our flight back to the states was fairly uneventful.

Best Sites to See

Kensington Palace

London Tower

Westminster Abbey

Churchill War Rooms

Calvary Museum

Food Allergies – So as most of you know, I have an allergy/intolerance to eggs/dairy/corn and soy. Overseas they don’t process the food like they do here and they feed their animals differently. Therefore I tested the waters and I was able to eat EVERYTHING!! Well not actual eggs, but everything else and it was the best week! Being able to eat Milk Chocolate, croissants, cheesecake, pasta,, ice cream and CHOCOLATE CAKE!!! Oh my god. Take me back now so I can eat everything again!

Overall London was truly the best experience and I am incredibly lucky and blessed to have gotten to go on this trip with my mom! We made lots of new memories and I am so looking forward to returning to visit soon!!

Xoxo

Meg

Up on the Roof ♥️

“When this old world starts getting me down
And people are just too much for me to face
I climb way up to the top of the stairs
And all my cares just drift right into space”

There are very few places or things that can calm my mind. Very few things that allow my mind to settle and allow all the stresses or worries of the world disappear. I am a well known over thinker as well as someone who thinks of every what if. With work I am always “on” and I always am answering questions or solving problems or thinking when It comes to my personal life… I don’t want to think. I don’t want to decide what restaurant to eat at, I don’t want to decide where we’re going on vacation or plan vacation! So after a stressful day or not eh weekends I like to “escape”

My escapes:

  1. Snuggled on the couch watching Reality TV – Yes i’m talking Kardashians!! My step dad used to make fun of me so much, but it gets me out of my own head and focused on other people’s problems. Even if they are losing $50K diamond earrings in the ocean (okay Kim) I can’t watch for hours but its nice to watch an hour before bed to get my mind off the day!
  2. The beach… when I need to escape after a long crazy day walking the beach or watching the waves crash or the sunset just always gets me to relax. It forces my body to relax and my mind to just focus on the present moment.
    1. Fire Island or Cape Cod will have the same effect.
    1. I love a chilly fall almost winter day on the beach. The cool crisp air and the sound of the waves. Its my happy place and where i feel safe.
  3. The gym. The gym keeps me sane. It is my cure all. If i’m cranky, mad, sad just not feeling good I go to the gym. Even if I don’t want to, i’lll force myself to at least go and walk which then usually turns into a full workout haha. But the gym clears my head and allows to me to focus on my body and not my mind. The gym also helps with my anxiety and keeping me level headed.
  4. If it gets really bad… I go to the woods. Driving through the mountains or windy roads with huge trees on either side completely relaxes me. Takes me back to when I was a kid and didn’t have the pressure of the world or any cares in the world. I was just me and whenever I am hiking in the woods or driving upstate NY or VT I instantly go back to that feeling. That is home to me and completely puts everything else on the back burner and I can relax and forget the world

The other day I went for a drive, no destination in mind. But like always I ended up at the beach. I walked for a little while and then sat down in the sand and just stared out at the ocean and watched the waves. I pulled out my phone and opened the notes section and didn’t think, I just wrote down how I was feeling and whatever thoughts came to mind… Here is what came out of it….

As I sit here on the beach the cool breeze touching my face the smell of salt water my toes buried in the sand to find some sense of warmth I think about the future and what it is that I really want out of life. I’ve always talked about starting a blog and never actually take the time to do it. I think the biggest problem is that I get so caught up in my day that when inspiration hits it is quickly taken away by an email or a phone call or a meeting. So I sit here on the beach feeling inspired. My phone is on air plane mode so I can’t be disturbed and I’m writing my first blog entry into what will become my journey. I don’t know what the future holds for me and I am at a fork in the road where I can stay on the same familiar path and continue on with my comfort level or I can take a risk (big risk) and leave everything for a new adventure. It sounds terrifying to someone who plans every second of their day and is constantly trying to analyze every action. But there is no sense is sticking with what is familiar. I know the pain the challenges the stress the anxiety of this path as well as the joys and happiness but there has to be more. Right now I feel as though I am merely existing I’m not living life to the fullest and I feel stuck. I am not growing as an individual because I am not in the environment in which I am supposed to grow. This chapter of my life is ending and it is time to turn the page and see what happens.

I’m choosing to take the road less traveled and explore. I don’t want to look back on life and think wow I wish I had explored opening my own business living in a new unfamiliar place where I know no one and can be whoever I want to be. I have been molded by so many people that have come and gone in my life and not enough by the people that have remained constant in my life. – more on that to come don’t worry. I’m ready to start down the path I’m calling the left path as I’m right handed and that is where my comfort level is. Im taking the left and I’ll see where I end up. It definitely can’t get worse. Life has a funny way of falling into place when you least expect it

It is so rare in this world to find a place where you can sit in silence and genuinely enjoy yourself. I’m reminded of the movie friends w benefits where she is laying on the rooftop in the busy city of New York and there is no cell phone reception and she lays on the roof staring at the stars. The beach is my rooftop. I can sit and listen to the waves crash for hours. Walk the beach on the edge of where the water meets the sand. Watch the seagulls fly overheard and the little birds that I have no idea the name of scurry as the waves come closer.

I love the beach when it seems no one else does.

Don’t get me wrong I love laying on the beach soaking in the sun but when it’s vacant except for the lonely surfer the fisherman and the one man walking his dog… that is when I love the beach. When it’s just the waves crashing against the shore. It’s quiet and I can be alone with my thoughts and my dreams. It’s simple but it’s my happy place and my rooftop. The beach just makes sense. All the stress and worries of the world disappear. I’m calm I’m happy and I could live in those moments forever.

If you have not found your happy place I urge you to explore visit as many places as possible. The place where you fee most comfortable alone. That is one of the greatest feelings in the world. If you’re able go to your rooftop once a day. If that’s not possible go at least 3 times a week. I cannot begin to tell you the impact it will have on your life. Enjoy every moment take it all in observe everything and capture it in your memory forever.

Everything is alright… up on the roof.

xoxo

Meg

Travel Bucket List

“I haven’t been everywhere… but its on my list.”

This past year I have really gotteParisn the travel bug! I made a promise to myself last year that I would explore the world and any opportunity that I got I would just go! I am a money saver so it is sometimes difficult for me to get plane tickets, rental cars and hotels but when the right opportunity presents itself that won’t break the bank.. I have to jump on it! Just this past year I have been to..

  1. San Diego
  2. Hawaii
  3. New Orleans
  4. Cape Cod
  5. Denver, Colorado

I have also booked Charleston South Carolina in September for my best friends birthday and London with my mom in October! I have been to San Diego and to Cape Cod but all the others are new experiences for me! When I travel I like to fully immerse myself in the culture and become a local. I am not crazy about the touristy stuff but I am always down to climb a mountain or go explore to find a view that blows me away!

Some places that are still on my bucket list are…

  1. Arizona
  2. Salt Lake City, Utah
  3. Four corners
  4. Paris
  5. Italy
  6. Aruba
  7. San Francisco, CA
  8. Santa Fe, New Mexico
  9. Vancouver
  10. South Africa – Safari? YESS PLEASE

Those are my top 10. Where else should I go? What has been the best trip you ever took?? Leave me comments I can’t wait to hear all about your trips!!

I will be doing individual posts about my favorite places in Cape Cod, Denver and Hawaii! Which one do you want to see first?!?

 

Xoxo  Meg

What’s in my travel bag?

“As you travel solo, being totally responsible for yourself. It is inevitable you will discover just how capable you are.”

I don’t travel all the time but when I have traveled quite a bit! I remember the first time I traveled alone and I was TERRIFIED!! Granted I wasn’t totally alone, I had a family friend on my flight that I knew but it was my first time on a flight and it was overseas! I was a little freaked out. Now I could care less traveling alone, and I have gotten it down to a routine! Packing for a flight is easy for me now but it wasn’t always this way!

So lets get down to it.. what’s in my travel bag!?

  1. Passport/license – obviously!
  2. Lip Balm
  3. Makeup/face wipes
  4. Lotion – being on a plane is so dry! I have to have lotion
  5. Socks – I usually wear flip flops so going through security is easy and when i’m on a plane my feet get cold!
  6. Sweater of some type – again I get cold easily
  7. Good book
  8. Headphones
  9. Ipad – i like to download movies off netflix to watch on the plane in case there is no wifi or in flight entertainment
  10. Eye mask – I get self conscious closing my eyes or sleeping in front of people, so I won’t sleep unless my eyes are covered by a mask or sunglasses!
  11. Notebook – You never know when a good idea will hit you!
  12. Lap top – I usually end up working on planes to play catch up or maybe because i’m a workaholic
  13. Snacks & water – I usually end up getting these when I’m through security. Its just easier. (Favorites – fruit, kind bar, pretzel)
  14. Lysol wipes – I’m a bit of a germaphobe on the plane!
  15. Charger!!!  – If you lose your bag you do not want to be stuck without your charger!

I keep it simple, my biggest go to’s are making sure I have entertainment on the planes or in the airport. For example right now, thank god I have my laptop/ipad and book my flight just got delayed and i’m stuck here for 4 hours. Can you imagine not having entertainment/work!! – Well time for another Harry Potter Marathon.

“One travels to run away from routine, that dreadful routine that kills all imagination and all our capacity for enthusiasm.”

– Ella Maillart

This post is short and sweet 🙂 What are your travel essentials that you can’t go without!?

Xoxo Meg

Balance

Almost my entire life I have always put work first. I had a plan for my life, I was going to work hard, I was going to become successful in my career and then settled down and focus on family and kids. That plan sounds great on paper, but what ended up happening is my relationships with friends and family suffered. I missed birthday parties, weddings, dinners and life in general because I never wanted to take a day off. Work was my priority.

I know myself and when I make a decision, my blinders go on and nothing will stop me. This is a fault that I am working on. I get so laser focused on one thing and lose sight of everything else around me. In the past 4-5 years I have changed drastically, not so much physically but emotionally and mentally. Those that knew me before don’t know me now.

“T’m proud of the woman I am today,  because I went through a hell of a time becoming her.”

Now I am in a chapter of my life where I crave balance. I still want to work hard and develop my career but I also want to enjoy my life. I want to travel, I want to get married, I want to have kids and none of that is happening with the way I currently live my life. Most mornings i’m up between 4:30AM/5AM and I don’t get home till 6/7PM sometimes later depending on if I go to the gym. Add in a newborn/dog and husband? Yeah right!

My focus lately has been balance, trying to really work on spending time with family and friends and making them a priority. When I get an invite to a BBQ, birthday party or housewarming party it becomes a priority and I make sure that work is covered. I have been listening to Gary Vee’s podcasts and speeches lately and he is a workaholic.. and that works for him! He had a vision and he did whatever he had to do to make sure that came true. Not having a day off or a vacation in years. If that works for him… GREAT! that model does not work for me. I love my career and I am always the first one to put in the extra hours or go above and beyond to make a client happy, but I am not willing to sacrifice my relationships and my mental health!

“The “No days off” mentality is toxic. Take the days off that you need to be in the best mental shape.”

I am not saying that there aren’t weeks where I go without a day off because that isn’t true. In busy season I can go weeks without taking a day off, so then where is the balance? Even at my busiest I still need to maintain a life and still maintain my health. I do this by going to the spa, or going to the gym or meeting friends for a quick drink even if it means staying up an extra later than I would. Focusing on one thing obsessively is not healthy. You need to be able to release that energy into other things. When I find myself obsessing over work, I’ll go to the gym or i’ll ask a friend to go to dinner and refuse to talk about work! You need a balance in life, it can’t just be about work, or about a relationship there needs to be even amounts or at least even out over time!

Even if you only get a glimpse, or small period of time where you can do something else to create some balance it can drastically help you! There are a couple things I do to “balance my life”

Relationships – My friends all know I am a workaholic, but they also are always there for me and always willing to drop everything to grab a drink or go see a movie! So when work gets to be too much I’ll call one of them to go meet me for a drink or meet me downtown to grab a quick bite! We’ve done paint nites, or sometimes its as simple as bringing over ice cream and hearing the latest boy gossip!

Fitness – The gym is a place where I can go to get away from it all. It is my best stress relief and genuinely makes me happy. I need to make time for it and make it a priority. Doesn’t mean I have to become obsessed and get down on myself if I miss a day. I just need to make the gym a priority and go as often as I feel necessary. The gym is a great BALANCING act for work, because it de stresses me more than anything! When i’m at the gym I might as well be on another planet. I zone out and listen to good music and just sweat! I have never left the gym feeling worse thats for sure!

Travel is a tough one for me, because I love to gain the experience but I am so strict with saving money! Haha. But I am biting the bullet and booking trips! I am going to cape cod to see friends and i love the cape I want to spend more time there! I booked a trip to colorado to see my sister, my mom and I booked a trip to London/Yorkshire Dales. Travel is an escape, and even if its a short trip to Fire Island (only a 45 minute ferry ride away) it still gets me out of “work mode” and helps me to relax and enjoy myself again! When work is really stressful and I just need a break I usually go home to my parents in CT. They always spoil me and it just helps to break the mold! We have movie marathons with obnoxious amounts of junk food, we go shopping I get to do laundry and hit the gym and just not have responsibilities!

Life is too short not to be happy and when you find things that make you happy you have to do more of it. Travel and spending time with friends and family is really important to me. I crave that. I have spent too much time working and not enough time living!

Think about it. How is your life balance? What are you missing? What are you not doing enough of that you need to make yourself happy? Find your balance.

Couple Tips:

  1. Learn to say no
  2. Prepare a schedule
  3. Make a to do list and complete your list each day
  4. If you make plans KEEP them no matter what! (unless an emergency)
  5. Workout in the morning before anyone else wakes up to distract you
  6. Schedule time to do NOTHING and time to have fun
  7. Don’t bring work home and don’t bring your home life to work
  8. Unplug when you can
  9. Wake up earlier
  10. Make family and friends a priority! – Phone calls to check in or even better face to face time

xoxo Meg