new routines

I leave for Europe next week and couldn’t be more excited. It’s my first time out of the country since I moved here from Japan at the age of 8, and it’s my first time to Europe. But I’m trying to appreciate my time until then so I don’t go crazy with the anticipation (easier said then done).

It has been almost a full year since I’ve had my office job. What started as a temporary gig turned into a full time gig, and, well, here I am a year later. The situation is too good for me to complain – I go to work with my husband every day, I have the flexibility to leave for auditions, I’m being trusted to lead a video initiative within the company, and I have some extra income for fun things (like travel!) and not so fun things (like almost paying off my student loans!). But – this doesn’t mean I don’t miss my leisurely days off – where I could sleep in, take a mid-morning work out class, walk my dog for an hour, have the actual time to run errands and cook instead of eating out all the time. I’m lucky. I know that. I don’t have reason to complain, and if I have to juggle full time work with acting classes and workshops and showcases on my nights and weekends – well, that’s how it is. It’s not called “struggling actor” without a reason, and honestly, I know my “struggle” is much less than it is for many others. I couldn’t go back to waiting tables, so the compromise is I’m stuck in an office 8-5. I guess what I’m really saying is – adulting is hard, and like, why can’t someone just pay me to travel the world already?!

Back to my original intention of this post (sorry, I had a cup of coffee, and it’s kind of amplifying my anxiety right now, which in turn means my heart and mind are racing a bit).

In an effort to appreciate my time outside of the office (instead of, you know, wasting it), I’m trying to be a bit intentional with what I do. Because it’s already May, and where has the year gone?! So with that, I’m trying to establish some routines to make my life better:

  1. Waking up 30 minutes earlier to take Kipling on a long walk (Whitney generally does this every morning). I love the early morning hours when the sun is just coming up and the world is quiet. But I also love and cherish those extra 30 minutes of sleep. It’s a battle I’m still fighting.
  2. Nighttime showers. With candles! And music! I hate hate hate artificial light and only turn them on when absolutely necessary. I’m a blinds open, turn on the lamp if you must kind of person, but I really  hate using overhead lights. The other night I took a shower and only lit a candle + played the Indie Acoustic station on Spotify, and guys, it felt like I was at a spa. Seriously – so relaxing, and definitely something I want to incorporate into my routine. I’m a morning shower person because at night I get lazy and just want to go to bed, but nighttime showers make the next morning so much easier for me. After my nighttime shower spa experience, I put on a mud mask and rubbed rose oil on, and it was all so heavenly. The problem is making time to do this at the end of the night (instead of watching one more episode of Lost).
  3. Eat breakfast. This goes with the getting up earlier thing, so I have time to make breakfast before said eating it. I’ve never been a breakfast eater because I never have the time, and generally I need to wake up a bit before I can eat. This in turn leaves me starving every morning at work, and I’m sure it’s not helping my metabolism. This week we bought stuff to make smoothies and or eggs with avocado, so I need to intentionally leave enough time in the morning to start my day right.

-wonderland sam

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actress/texan kickin' it in los angeles. always searching for my next pizza. cia agent in another life.

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