What I’ve Learned – Summer 2018

What I've Learned Summer 2018

I’m linking up with Emily P. Freeman today for a quarterly reflection she fondly titles “What I’ve Learned”.

Here’s What I’ve learned:

Vacations are Needed!

This summer I was reminded that we all need a vacation, even when we love our job. We had a great time with family and for the first time in three years, I barely worked for 5 days straight. Contract work means that when I don’t work I don’t get paid, but the thing is I have amazing bosses who understand the need to prioritize family. I’ve learned my lesson and I’m striving for a better work/life balance in 2019 (and sooner!)

Quality Time is Important

I also learned that even when celebrating 17 years of marriage I can still surprise myself and my husband by trying something new. My husband’s main hobby is football, but when he gets the time he will head to the gun range. The son of a police officer he grew up hunting. This is not a hobby I’m interested in, but I’m interested in my man so I surprised him with a date at the range and learned I can fight my fears and learn something new when I’m willing to try!

I Need to Drop the Guilt Trip

Football season has started here and that means we’re stashing strategies to save time and reduce stress. I’ve felt so guilty about paying for a membership to have groceries delivered, but the reality is when I look at my calendar it’s the most logical thing to do to save time (and money!) it’s crazy that paying for someone to deliver our groceries saves money but it’s hard to toss stress induced impulse buys into the cart when they aren’t there to see!

That’s one of 6 things saving my sanity right now. Read the about the other five here.

Audiobooks are the Bomb!

I’ve been listening to autobiographies lately and I’m learning so much about life by hearing other people’s perspectives. It’s important to me to make sure I’m not siloing my perspective by only listening to people I agree with, but there is a LOT of noise out there on the internet.

I’ve learned that some books that are hyped up are not worth my time while others are exactly what I needed to hear.