To say it’s been a while would be an understatement. What have I been up to?
I’ve graduated law school, taken and passed the bar exam, and gone from being a full time student to a full time law clerk. I’ve traveled to Iceland with my mom and completed my first half marathon. And I’ve made some great new friends along the way. I’ve skied (and eaten) my way through Vermont, traveled to New York City and seen several shows including the New York City Ballet’s the Nutcracker and Billy Joel (and to eat French macaroons, obviously). I’ve also started hiking more regularly … mostly to make friends with other people’s puppies.
When I was in law school there never seemed to be enough hours in the day. I day dreamed of the future, thinking to myself “once I’m done with school, and I’m working, I’ll have more free time.” More time to read the long list of interesting books I’d been adding to since graduating from college, time to learn to paint and antique the hand me down furniture in my apartment, time to learn to bake croissants and host whimsical brunches for my girlfriends.
Well, the future is here, and there are still the same number of hours in the day that there were when I was in law school. To say that the transition from being a full time student to a full time worker is an adjustment is an understatement. But with every day and week that goes by it gets easier, and I find ways to accomplish what I need to and learn to let go of the things that do not matter (if the couch doesn’t get vacuumed this week, the world will not end, trust me!).
I’ve learned a few things during the past few months. Never underestimate the power of surrounding yourself with positive people. It’s the quality not the quantity of friends that counts. Take care of your body. Getting older and seeing friends lose parents is scary. Over the past few months I’m constantly amazed by how much I can accomplish in one hour per when I put my mind to it - go for a hike, go for a run, prepare healthy meals for the week so that when you are tired you have something ready to go and are less tempted to make a dinner out of grilled cheese and chocolate… Make time for yourself. Even if it’s only for ten minutes, turn off your cell phone and do something for yourself. And I don’t mean crossing something off of your to do list… I mean doing something for you. Take a walk outside, take a bath, light a candle, strike a yoga pose (preferably not in your cubicle if you’re wearing a dress that day). But you get the idea :-)
Well, that’s all for now. But don’t worry, I’ve got a stash of yummy recipes up my sleeve that I’ll be posting over the next few weeks. To name a few: spicy citrus cod with basil basmati rice, chicken pho, fried eggs with spicy kale bacon hash, coconut macaroons, and flour less chocolate cupcakes with chambord whipped cream.