Pushing Through til my Holiday Break

December 15, 2014
Recently, I talked to my sister Denise about how I am feeling overworked and am counting down the days until Christmas break.  She gave me a good idea and encouraged me to do a "raffle" with myself.  The gist of it is that I write down ten small ways to treat myself on folded up pieces of paper and then each working day, I can draw from the pile.  I tend to just focus a lot on work and by the time I get home and have dinner I'm too tired to do much of anything.  I think throwing an extra activity in my schedule is a great motivator to help me get through a long work week.

Here are the ten ideas that I came up with:

1) Do an at home manicure and pedicure.  Yes, I paint my nails a lot, but I don't always do all the extra steps like shape my nails, push back cuticles and use both a top and base coat.  This time I'm going to do it all!  Goodness knows my feet deserve a good soak.  :)

2) Go to Dunkin Donuts and get a peppermint mocha and holiday donut.  I hardly ever have coffee during the week anymore because there is only one time when I can leave my students and go to the bathroom.  I never have coffee when I get off work because I'm scared the caffeine will keep me up and I try to go to bed early so that I can get up and go in early to prepare before my students arrive, but I'm going to make an exception this week.

3) Make crepes.  Denise suggested this, and I like that it's an idea that won't break the bank!  If I make them for dinner after school, I can always make extra and have a tasty breakfast waiting for me the next day.


4) Aesthetic reading for one full hour.  I read a little throughout the week, but just for a 15 minutes here and there.  Setting aside a bigger block of time just for reading is something out of the ordinary on a school night, so it really will be special.

5) Come up with travel plans for a future trip.  Rachael and I have discussed going to Iceland in July.  I'd like to come up with a list of places to visit and look into some options for accommodation.  You can bet I'll be using Kaelene's blog as a resource!

6) Make Christmas cookies.  I could share them with my students and my Secret Santa at work.  It's always ideal to kill two birds with one stone.

7) Write a blog post. It's hard to get motivated to write during the week just because I spend a lot of time sitting at the computer doing lessons, but usually once I sit down and start blogging, I never regret it!  

8) Have a Netflix movie night complete with popcorn and seasoning salt to go with it.  I watch a lot of shows on Netflix (just finished The Originals--sooo good!!), but it has been awhile since I watched an actual movie. 

9) Go window shopping downtown and just take in all the Christmas decorations.  It's pretty amazing being in the South and not having to freeze all winter.  I should take advantage of that and get outside more.

10)  Cook myself dinner, as in actually cook myself something delicious and healthy instead of just heating up a Healthy Choice meal.  (The pumpkin ravioli has been my go to meal lately.)  As an added bonus, I will be able to have leftovers so that I can have a decent lunch...Even my students noticed that when I pack it's almost always PB&J.

What little things do you do for yourself so that it makes it easier to get through a challenging week at work?
13 comments on "Pushing Through til my Holiday Break"
  1. I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed that you lovely ladies make it to Iceland! This is such a great idea, sometimes it really is the simple things!

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  2. Ohh making a regular TV night a fun movie night with seasoned popcorn is a great idea. And Iceland moved up on my list too after reading Kaelene's blog!

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  3. Iceland would be amazing!! I need to devote a lot of time cleaning out my Netflix watch list. I haven't watched a whole lot of it lately & the list just keeps growing.

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  4. Love this!!! What an awesome idea. Can't wait for our trip!!! xoxo

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  5. I like this idea, though 9 times out of 10 my reward is Netflix movie night, haha. Snacks and movies are the best for unwinding. Anyway, hang in there!

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  6. What a great idea! I actually often choose rewards for myself So if I do some work I can watch an hour tv etc... great idea from your sis!

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  7. Painting my nails and reading always perk me up!

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  8. Those things got me though til the break, but I have a feeling I'll continue to read as much as possible while I have the time. Happy holidays!!

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  9. Usually my reward is just watching a tv show on Netflix, but my sis inspired me to change it up.

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  10. Yes, that is my go-to reward as well. Since I was feeling extra stressed, I wanted to put a twist on my usual treats.

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  11. Girl, me and you both!! It has been awhile since I've traveled overseas and I cannot wait!!

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  12. You are too sweet! I didn't actually get to post, but I did jot down a lot of ideas for upcoming posts, so it was still productive time.

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  13. Yeah, it seemed like a lot of good shows got added in September and I am still catching up!

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