guys, do you get as tired as I do after work? seriously, I’m so EXHAUSTED lately! I feel like I go go go all day and then as soon as I get home, I want to crash. I just want to sit on the couch with my giant sweat pants on and a ton of sushi rolls for the night. first of all, I don’t do this every night simply for two reasons: I can’t and I don’t want to. I purposely make plans to catch up with friends, remind myself that sophie needs a walk, and try my very best to stay in my work clothes for long enough to feel like a decent human being. other times, I really want to go out after work and be a part of the hustle and bustle that is the city after work. but some nights, I just can’t motivate myself to do much at all.
here’s the thing. I wake up early, workout first thing, then go to work all day at the office, and then hope to come home and get more work done or get some personal errand done. on top of that, I’m carrying a little life inside me, which is not as easy as i thought! so when it’s time to head home and make some dinner, it’s hard to fathom getting motivated to do much at all. realizing that there will be a baby soon and that I’ll likely almost never have down time after work once she’s here, is both terrifying and good realization – life can’t stay the same and I’ve got to appreciate it for what it is now.
so do I stay in or go out? i’m starting to think a little of both is a good idea. for example, on weeks when I have every night planned I tend to get a little cranky. on weeks where I don’t have anything planned, I get bored. so, I aim to schedule a few nights out during the work week and one or two nights in. this way, I get the down time I need while still getting my social fix on. what’s more, I try to vary the social stuff so that I’m not always going out to dinner or drinks… though I do love food (as mentioned above). sometimes, I really want to catch up with a girlfriend but I also really need to workout. so we schedule in some time to catch up in our sneakers – urban hiking or a dog walk will do the trick.
the point is, it doesn’t really matter if you prefer to stay in and veg out or if you want to go out every night. take the time to understand what it is that you specifically need and then go after that. not every week will be perfectly scheduled or simple, but mix in a little comfort and relaxation in with going out and expanding your social horizons, and you’re sure to be one happy camper.