Friday, March 23, 2012

Just Breathe... and Buckle Up!

It's been one of those weeks when I'm absolutely beyond stressed out. I've got so many things going on at once that I have a hard time keeping everything in order. 

One of my all time favorite television shows is Sex and the City.   I can't tell you the number of wine nights have revolved around watching it (and drinking wine of course!) or how often I quote it.   Whenever there is something going on in my life, I almost always feel like there is a "Sex and the City" episode to match my feelings.  And so this morning when I woke up and realized all the things I had to do this weekend, my mind started going crazy.   It's the end of the quarter, so I have LOTS of grading to do, plus with the busy week I have had some of the chores have gone by the wayside (the dirty laundry all over the living room, the messy bathroom...)   Not to mention, I've got two lacrosse games next week before I get on a plane next Friday to head to Nappa ("You take a nappa, you don't move to Nappa!") so laundry needs to get done and packing lists made.  Oh and did I mention I'm making 20 dozen mini cupcakes for a cupcake competition this weekend?

So when the stress built up, I thought of Carrie Bradshaw who famously said "After all, computers crash, people die, relationships fall apart.  But the best we can do is breathe and reboot".  And so while I'm lucky enough that none of those things happened to me, I do know i need to breathe and reboot when I'm stressed out.   So here are some ways that I approach being "stressed out, without letting it get the best of me".

1. Make a plan!   I have already mapped out my weekend and what I need to do each day.    Its tough to plan ahead, but it really helps.  By knowing what I have ahead of me, it makes it seem a little more under control.

2. Ask for help! Normally, I'm very much under control and want to do things myself.  Well sometimes you need to ask for help.  Rather than trying to take on all the chores, asking for help is definitely ok.  And then asking your best friend to come over and at least keep you company while you bake is definitely always appreciated (although she will be put to work!)

3. Take a Break!  Yea, I have a LOT to do this weekend... but I also need to remember that its my only chance to relax.  So going to see the Hunger Games tonight is definitely needed.  And going to the Caps game Sunday will be a great way to "cap" off what I can only hope will be a successful weekend.

4. Keep the end in mind! Yea, I'm in for a busy next 7 days.  But next Saturday?  I'll be drinking wine and Pliny the Elder, so really.... I can't complain!

5. Remember the good stuff, don't sweat the bad!  I am so lucky to still remain friends with the girls i went to high school with and we get together monthly for book club.  We can discuss not only the book, but also use it as a way to catch up with each other.  And so while I may have been gone from 545am until 9pm last night, it was definitely worth it! 

First we got to celebrate Lori's upcoming nuptials with sashes, tiaras, shots and Hunger Games Cupcakes with Heart Sprinkles
Romantic Hunger Games Cupcakes
We also got to hang out in the private room at Dogfish, and when we stepped out, our stuff was protected.  And they took such good care of us!  Didn't even sweat it when the first thing I asked (well after my beer order) was for separate checks!  And don't forget the bridal shots!

We got to talk to the inspiration for this month's book!  It was the Magic Room by Jeffrey Zaslow. While we didn't get to talk to him since he tragically died in a car accident, we were able to talk to the dress shop owner that was featured in the book. And it was amazing!

Working the corner while we talked to Shelley!  

It was such a good time that it really reminded me how lucky I am to have such good friends and how sometimes you need to take a step back/ Its important to keep that in mind when I'm losing my mind due to stress.  Plus when you get to go home to two adorable kittens, an amazing boyfriend and cuddly dog, it makes everything less stressful.    So as Carrie would say

"As we drive along this road called life, occasionally a gal  will find herself a little lost.  And when that happens, I guess she has to let go of the coulda, shoulda, woulda, buckle up and keep on going"

So its time to buckle up and get through the next few days!

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