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Thursday, June 28, 2012

I meant to post on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, too. I really did. But this week has been a little crazier than usual. I've had the Everygirl team working at my place most of the week so between that and the usual stuff (working on blogs for 7 clients, wrapping up photo editing for not one but two shoots, long walks with Buddy, conference calls, organizing my apartment etc.) there hasn't been much time for anything. My one "break" during the day consists of a trip to CrossFit.

Alaina whipped up a fancy new badge for The Everygirl. It's on the top right of our website and I love it.


After dealing with my two very slow computers for quite some time, I am now the so happy I could cry owner of a new Macbook Pro (with super-fancy retina display and solid state hard drive). I already sold my old laptop and am selling my iMac, too. 'll miss my ginormous desktop screen but plan on marveling in the fact that files actually open on this thing. That rainbow circle can suck it.

Decorating has come to a halt this week. I need a dining room rug, nightstands, more bedroom storage, new bedding, a rug for the dining room, new pillows for the sofa, and some artwork. I plan on working on a few decorating posts soon because I am in need of some inspiration. On a very positive note, my dining chairs arrived and I love them. I feel like a real grown up now.


I am thrilled to announce that The Everygirl and Random House have partnered to bring you a TEG/Random House book club! Join us as we kick things off with Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon next month. Will you be joining us? If I can do it, so can you! Details can be found here.


On a "keep it real" note, I feel like I've said this a dozen times, but my life has changed so much the past year and I feel pretty disconnected from everything right now. I don't know if this makes sense, but I am still trying to process that this is my life. I love working on The Everygirl. I love my business partner and our little team. I love being a part of something that inspires people. But balancing everything can be a lot to handle. I am a type A overachiever so when I cannot get it all done I tend to be a little hard on myself.

Any advice for me? What do you do when you feel like you have too much on your plate?

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15 comments

  1. go for a long walk - preferably near the water - and take stock of the different areas of my life: a sort of state of the union for the self (state of the self?)
    i think about my personal relationships (boyfriend, family, and friends), professional obligations and projects, first short term and then long term, and lastly the little things that mean a lot to me that tend to fall by the wayside, like decorating or taking that photography class.

    i am also a type A overachiever and it makes me feel better to check in on everything. the last bit is finding something positive about each item in your state of self, because ultimately even the worst situations are teaching you something.

    power through - you're doing great!

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  2. Everything that is going on sounds so exciting! That book club is going to be such a wonderful addition to The Everygirl, I'm really looking forward to it. As far as the stressing goes, I'm also a type A overachiever, so I know where you're coming from. When I need to take a step back from everything, I grab my favorite beverage ( a green tea frap) and a good book and head out for a walk. I have found tons of little nooks and crannies in Boston where I like to sit down for a few hours and just read; it's the most relaxing activity. Hope you find some time to take a step back and relax soon as well!

    -Gabriella

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  3. love the idea of the book club, I'm off to check it out!

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  4. Advice on feeling overwhelm.
    Cut yourself off. Give yourself deadlines and stick to them and take time off. Even if it is just taking a lunch break outside. Your mind will thank you.

    Where did you see your computer?

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  5. I can relate- as a Type A-er myself, the best advice I can give you is to step back and look at the time in your day. Is there anything you can cut out so as to be more present in the things you really love? Sometimes you have to let go of the obligations you like to make more time for the obligations you LOVE. Hope this helps, friend! You're doing a fabulous job and eventually you will get in the groove.

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  6. It's hard to push to-do lists out of your head or justify making time for yourself, but I agree, the best thing to do is to take some time to completely unplug. Go for a walk, get a massage, see a movie, take a little time after a workout to enjoy it, whatever brings you a little joy or relief. And when all else fails, take a morning off and get brunch and a bloody mary at Glenn's Diner (right off the Montrose brown-line).

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  7. As a biz owner myself I know EXACTLY how you feel. I'm too swamped right now to go even go into detail, but my week has been the same way...very overwhelming. Just trying to take it one day at a time! Hope you find some time to relax this weekend :)

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  8. I am a SAHM, so in a completely different world than you- but the to do lists are ALWAYS churning in my head. I made a list of the 5 things that absolutely have to be done that day/evening, and I work REALLY hard at doing those. That helps me prioritize my list so that the things that I DO eventually need to accomplish in the coming days aren't taking up my attention right then. I am going to check out the book club right now!

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  9. I totally agree that going for a long walk in nature is the best thing. It grounds you and you "reset yourself" through breathing. I couldn't imagine how exciting this all must be but at the same time overwhelming and trying to catch up to yourself.
    This gets me so excited.. I can't wait till I have that feeling of looking back and going "holy, how did that just happen!"
    Totally jealous of you getting a new computer! waiting to get my first MAC still :) soon enough...
    -Michelle
    http://www.m-liveloudly.blogspot.com

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  10. girl, you are doing awesome and I love getting a peak into your exciting life! I have trouble with balance sometimes myself. There is just NOT enough time in a day!

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  11. You are doing amazing things! I'm new to your blog, but I love it and the Everygirl! I agree with lots of the previous comments--workout time is precious--it's good for you and it clears your mind.

    Asking for help is a big thing I'm working on--I want to be good at everything and control it myself, but for many tasks, there's someone who is better than me and can do it much faster too!

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  12. I love the idea of the book club! Also, I loved the feature on my bestie Jenn Lake. You guys did such a wonderful job!!! Can't wait to see you this wekend and hopefully you will unwind a bit!!! xo

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  13. sounds like some things need to be cut - when i feel like i can't balance it all, i just simplify because to me, it's important to be happy an ENJOY it all. sometimes something's gotta give... good luck! x

    http://www.thesparkle.net

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  14. I hear you loud and clear sister. Getting it all done is a day is a lofty and unrealistic goal. Being a mom of 3 children AND running a business AND a blog can be super overwhelming bc you don't want any of them to suffer or be left behind.
    Obviously us type A personalities always want to succeed, but I think you must always remember the saying - "Never get so busy making a living, that you forget to make a LIFE."

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  15. I hear you loud and clear sister. Getting it all done is a day is a lofty and unrealistic goal. Being a mom of 3 children AND running a business AND a blog can be super overwhelming bc you don't want any of them to suffer or be left behind.
    Obviously us type A personalities always want to succeed, but I think you must always remember the saying - "Never get so busy making a living, that you forget to make a LIFE."

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