The Busy Days

Work has been so busy. I know everyone loves to complain when they are busy, and I hate joining that crowd. But it has been exhausting.

The other day as I was stuck in traffic on my way to work, I began the “woe is me” conversation in my head while listing off the long list of things I had to complete by the end of the week. I was really feeling sorry for myself. Then, all of a sudden, I started thinking of the small little joys that fill even the longest and busiest days, and I was really surprised at how long the list was. And then I began to feel a little less sorry for myself and a little more grateful for all that God has given me. Today I thought I’d share my list of the little joys that are a part of nearly every one of my workdays.

Sitting on the couch every morning with a warm mug of coffee and a bowl of cereal while snuggling with Banana, reading the Bible, and saying prayers…

Catching up on my favorite blogs…

Putting on my makeup…

Watching a favorite show or YouTube channel while getting ready…

Giving my husband a kiss goodbye as I head out the door…

Listening to the radio on my drive to work…

Catching a glimpse of our nation’s capital on my drive to work…

Saying good morning to my friends at work…

Enjoying lunch break. Some days I eat with friends and other days (well, lately, most days) I take a quick break to catch up on news and blogs. Both types of lunch breaks make me really happy…

Learning some new and interesting topics and information at work. Yes, even accounting has some interesting aspects to it…

Taking a coffee break. Sometimes this means running to Starbucks with a friend, and other times this means taking a walk over to the other side of the floor to pour a cup of office coffee…

Chatting with my husband on Gmail…

Listening to music while working…

That feeling of excitement as I throw on my coat and shut down my computer…  No matter what time it is…

Driving home from work and catching up with friends and family on the phone…

Seeing my husband when I get home…

Spending time with my husband on the couch, winding down with a show or with a conversation…

Lighting a candle…

Reading a few pages of a book before bed (some nights more than others)…

That feeling of relief when my head hits the pillow and I turn out the lights… Sleep is so good!

I am very, very blessed. I have no room to complain. I’m going to try to always think about these little joys in the everyday anytime I start to whine and complain to myself and especially to others.

What are the little joys in your every day?

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A Photo an Hour – My Everyday Life

Today I’m sharing a typical winter weekday with you by posting a picture (or two) taken during each hour of my day this past Tuesday. Keep in mind, not every day is exactly the same, but I tried to pick a day that was the most typical for me on a weekday during this time of year.

This is a link-up with A Southern Mess and Meg O. on the Go! Be sure to go check out their cute blogs!

A Photo an Hour Link-Up

5:40am – It’s an early morning for me on Tuesdays because I go to cycling class at my gym. I throw on workout clothes laid out the night before, grab a banana, and drive over to the gym. I usually walk, but it was 15 degrees that morning!

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6:50am – This is a dark, fuzzy picture taken of my bike right after cycling class ended. After this, I go back home and shower.

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7:15am – I throw my comfy pjs back on and fix my bowl of cereal and coffee. It’s time to snuggle with Banana on the couch to eat, read my daily devotional, and read a few of my favorite blogs that post in the mornings. This happens every single morning unless I have to be out the door particularly early.

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7:50/8:00am – I pull myself off the couch to fix my hair and makeup while watching a show or a YouTube video and finishing off my coffee. This Tuesday, I was watching part of the latest episode of Bones.

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8:35am – I get to my car and drive to work.

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9:15am – Once I arrive at work, one of the first things I do is look at my to-do list for the week. I was so busy on Monday that I didn’t have time to write my list at all, so that’s the first thing I did when I arrived on Tuesday.

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10:00am – It’s time to pick a Pandora station and get to work on a big project. Tuesday’s pick was my Explosions in the Sky station – great working music.

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11:30am – I’m usually starving by 10, but I hold off until around 11:30. I grab my pre-packed lunch from the office fridge and start to snack. This is a very typical lunch for me to bring, but about twice a week I buy lunch.

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12:30pm – Work, work, work….

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1:30pm – Time to snack on more of the lunch I brought20140128-224218.jpg

2:30pm – Coffee break!

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3:30pm – I know, my days are thrilling…. ;) Time for another snack.

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4:30pm – Taking a quick mental break by reading a few blogs

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5:30pm – If it weren’t busy season at work, I’d be heading home soon, but since it is, I’ve still got a few hours left! This is me being very tired.

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7:10pm – I missed a picture in the 6pm hour, but that’s okay because I was just doing more of the same. Heading home! This is actually a little bit of an early night during busy season.

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8:00pm – My husband made breakfast for dinner – french toast!

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9:00pm – Watching a show together

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10:15pm – I’m working on my blog and watching YouTube videos. After this, I’ll read for a few minutes and then go to sleep by 11:30. I stayed up later than usual Tuesday, but I had a lot of blog stuff I wanted to do.

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That’s it! A day in my life during the week…. Maybe I’ll do a weekend version of this sometime soon. I hope you enjoyed it! Do any of you have “day in the life” posts? They are my absolute favorite type of posts to read, so leave a link below if you want to share your routine!