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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Life + Lunch :: Productivity + Relaxation




Today, I was able to experience both.

I decided to get shit done at Barnes and Noble this morning. There's just something inspiring about writing inside a bookstore, don't you think? Two hours passed before I couldn't help but look around. I ended up buying three books, one from an author that Shanley recommended to me (The Joy Diet: 10 Daily Practices for a Happier Life by Martha Beck) and two by Max Lucado, a favorite of mine (Facing Your Giants and Traveling Light). I love self-help and inspirational stuff.

Then I walked across the street to Corner Bakery for lunch and more work. It was a gorgeous sixty degrees and sunny today -- perfect soup weather! I got a bowl of lentil. After a few hours there, I stopped at the branch to print some stuff out, then went to Eric's for a quick Mario Kart sesh, and finally headed over to Nail Garden. Pampering was very much needed. I'm home now and ready to get back down to business. Or maybe I'll just sleep.

I'm trying to maintain the work/life/blog balance, as we all are. Some days, like today, it's easy. Other times, it's not -- at all. I'm trying not to put too much pressure on myself and keep my physical/mental health in check. I'm not a full-time blogger, and I shouldn't be expected to have the level of blog that a full-time blogger does; nor is it fair for me to expect that of myself.

I'm going to stop before this becomes a LESSONS post, because I want to save my thoughts for that. But you should know that if you ever feel overwhelmed, you can bring your shit to Barnes and Noble. And then buy yourself a book. Or three. ♥

17 comments:

  1. My husband and I were at BAN a few days ago. We had coffee and looked around. He left with a book and I left with more ideas for Christmas gifts. I agree, sometimes when writing it's good to change things up. :) Always love seeing pictures of the food you eat. Yummy!

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  2. i enjoy reading your writings. i always feel calmer whenever i'm in a bookstore, I think it's the new books' scent that soothes me down. thankyou for vising my blog :)

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  3. I miss going to Barnes and Noble regularly, I haven't been in a while. I love to get a stack of magazines and a large Starbucks to sip and read. I have been struggling with keeping my blog/work balance lately and have learned to let go a little and just live. Some how I forgot that part?? I don't know, I have found some peace with letting go of the pressure to blog daily I guess :). My kids are growing by the minute and I don't want to miss a thing!

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  4. I know what you mean about pressuring yourself, often in daily life I find myself thinking about my blog and how I can better it lol There must be a thing as too goal oriented hu? The best blog posts come out when you're mentally in shape though I think :)

    I never did officially thank you for visiting my blog did I? (Must remember an audible sqee is mot official thanks)Thank you for visiting and commenting <3

    Stay well! :)

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  5. We used to have a borders that closed down, that was perfect for chilling out in amongst book and just doing work.... but then I think that's why it closed because everybody did that rather than actually buying the books lol.

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  6. Dang! That was a productive day! And great post too. I was just thinking about how when it comes close to the holidays I blog way less (but I don't even do it enough as it is,) so now my goal is to stay inspired and blog as often as possible! And enjoy it, not feel like it's a job, etc...

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  7. I love working in bookstores or coffee shops. For some reason the atmosphere is conducive to blogging for me, more than my house!
    Shasie of Live Life in Style
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  8. I agree, I tend to get loads accomplished when inside a cafe or bookstore. I've been trying to get more done in them the past couple weeks. Hope you're enjoying your weekend dear and getting down to business! x /Madison

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  9. It definitely is nice to get away and do something relaxing instead of focusing on work/blogging. Love going to bookstores and libraries :)

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  10. What a great idea for relaxation. Love the photo of the soup! Have a wonderful week and don't stress out too much.

    LA By Diana Live Magazine

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  11. If ever you feel too broke to buy a book, try hanging out at the library. I promise it's just as good, but you do have to put your phone on mute.

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  12. i really enjoy reading your thoughts. reading a nice book is really a great escape.

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  13. Yeah, that's why I don't go to Barnes and Noble to write "shit" down. LOL. I usually end up buying books and then a coffee and dessert or two. Not good for my wallet! But I do love the atmosphere and it sort of makes me feel "smart" and in touch with the outside world, if you know what I mean. -Jess

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  14. "But you should know that if you ever feel overwhelmed, you can bring your shit to Barnes and Noble. And then buy yourself a book. Or three."

    Agreed! I have a home office since my full time job is home based but I love to go to Barnes and Noble and Starbucks to work. Something about being there is so relaxing!

    Yay, I see me in your notebook! =)

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  15. we're totally neighbors! well, as close to neighbors as blogger buddies can be. corner bakery is my fave! let's hang.

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  16. I always have to refresh my work and writing spaces. When I wrote in an office I changed up the art in my space, switched out lamps, tacked fabric to the walls, whatever it took to reboot. I especially love meeting friends at a cafe for group writing/crafting/drawing nights. The energy is amazing and it's very relaxing and inspiring.

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