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My Best Friend’s Wedding & Prioritizing Self-Care

As I write this, I’m 3 days away from the end of a glorious week and a half vacation. I promised myself I would stay away from work email and focus on resting, friends and family. Alright, I’ll admit I loosely perused email a couple of times, but I swear I only perused for 5 minutes. It’s a habit and one of the curses of having my work email account connected to my phone.

I needed this break terribly. Work always has me on my toes. I devote a lot of time to it, too – checking email on weekends, or working late into the evening during the week. I’ve worked until 7:30 or 8:00 at night several times. The past 3 or so Sundays I’ve even come in to my office to work on my caseload. The silence of an empty office is amazing but, over time, I felt myself spiraling into frazzle-town, which begins when I start to wake up from 8 hours of sleep still exhausted. This time away has reminded me how important it is to prioritize self-care. It must be more than an hour 3-4 days a week at the gym. I need to fully let go of the work week on the weekends, or, at the very least, not devote an entire Sunday to working. That means really putting that work email down and leaving work at work. The problem is that I never feel like I get to a nice stopping point. There’s always so much more I want to accomplish, and I’m never happy with where I’ve left things. Oh, the perfectionist in me drives me insane.

I’ve spent the last week sleeping in to my heart’s content, soaking in the Florida sunshine, enjoying good food and quality time with my in-laws. We even went out on a boat today. 70s degrees and sunny. Laughing. Smiling. Today was perfect.

Before our flight to Florida, we spent a couple of days in Texas so I could stand next to one of my best friends on her wedding day.

Amanda and I go back a little more than 10 years. Our boyfriends at the time were really good friends, and we ended up at one of their volleyball games together (I think it was volleyball?). We were inseparable throughout college. She’s the kind of person I can always be myself around. I never thought I’d find someone who loved to dance as much I did, until she walked into my life. I have so many happy memories that include her. We’ve traveled together, laughed together, confided in one another, and loved each other unconditionally across thousands of miles. She’s one-of-a-kind, and it meant so much to me to stand next to her.

And how beautiful is she!? The most breathtaking bride I ever did see.

I hope you all find time to unwind every once and awhile. Take some time to count your blessings. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Until Next Time,


One thought on “My Best Friend’s Wedding & Prioritizing Self-Care

  1. Lovely article Jen, I hope you listen to your conversation with yourself as you write about letting work stay at work and your home time being “your” time. I am can’t wait to get back to Florida and again feel that beautiful sunshine in my face again. I love you and hopefully will get to see you soon.

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