Take Back Your Lunch Hour

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Feel like you don’t have enough hours in the day? It’s probably the most common complaint from me and my friends. We live in a world where busy is a badge of honor. Doing nothing is seen as an indulgence, not an everyday treat. There always seems to be more things I need to do, or activities I want to do.

For my birthday this year, my friends and family put together a book of the things they loved about me, and one that came up over and over was that I do more than they think humanly possible.

And it’s true, I do a lot.

Ever since I was a child, I’ve hated being bored. When I have a whole day with no plans, it’s exhausting for me, not refreshing. I’d rather be do-do-doing. Which sometimes means I overschedule myself. So what do I do in those moments when I have too many activities, and not enough time?

I make my lunch hour the most productive minutes of my day. Instead of sitting at my desk and perusing twitter for the latest gossip, I run errands. I cross the items that would take up my after-work hours right off my to-do list before my day at the office is even done.

I need to buy a fan? That’s totally doable in 60 minutes. Pop over to a venue to pick up concert tickets? I’ll be back at my desk in under an hour. Have a quick wax? If that takes longer than 20 minutes I’ll be seriously suffering. Is it sleep you’re missing out on? A 30-minute power nap in your car can make all the difference.

I take a look at the stuff I have to get done, and I evaluate what’s possible in an hour or less. Cutting the running around out of your time reserved for fun and relaxation frees up your evenings and gives you the boost of energy you need to get through the rest of the work day with a little fresh air and speed walking.

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Links

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Hi Friends, I hope you’re out enjoying a lovely 3-day weekend. If you’ve got time to kill before brunch, check out these links!

I want to decorate my whole apartment with this beautiful watercolor furniture.

These magical shoes can change color with the touch of an app. Take that outfit dilemma.

A fascinating podcast on how the government created residential segregation.

It’s so messed up that Tom Brady is being punished more harshly than all the murderers and domestic abusers in the NFL.

A cancer survivor designs the empathy cards she wish she had received.

Nonsense karaoke will never stop making me laugh.

A good reminder when you’re not quite where you want to be in life.

I’ve been trying to convince my friends into doing this for years. I would name our community Janny Panny Lane.

Some disturbing wildlife stats.

Yum, this recipe looks delish.

Janice’s 2015 Guide to Summer Fun

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Way back in 2010, I started a tradition of creating a summer checklist of fun things for me and my friends to do. It all began as me trying to make being stuck in NYC for the long hot months of June through August with no pool in my backyard, or lake a short drive away a little more bearable. I was missing my summer breaks from college when I could retreat upstate or to Long Island. I was also pretty broke, and wanted to take advantage of all of the free things NYC has to offer.

I came across Vanity Fair’s Summer Guide, and pulled out all the things I wanted to do. The next year the summer list started with Book Report. By then I knew where to look, and what I wanted to do. So I started making my own (2012, 2013).

It’s become a highly anticipate email between my friends. At the beginning of May, they start asking when it will come out. When they tell me what they want to do, I put it on my google calendar and remind them when it gets closer, and show up (usually with a Nalgene full of wine in my purse). And by now, I’ve already knocked four items off my list. Enjoy! Summer is a lot more fun, when you pack it full of awesome plans.

 Festivals and Foods
Outdoor Movies 
Concerts and Dancing
Random Activies
 
 
Places to Eat/Drink (A lot of them are outdoors, guys)
Places from Last Year that I didn’t Make it to. Let’s FIX THAT ASAP

2014 Was a Busy Year

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Welp, it’s been a long, long time since I’ve posted, and all of my time hops lately have reminded me of how much I miss it. It has been fun trip down old post memory lane. And after a long hiatus, it’s time to get back with it. Just to catch us up, here’s what I’ve been doing since we last talked.

  • I conquered my fears (with the help of a couple tequila shots) and sang live band karaoke
  • I started a new job that I totally love
  • I had more freelance work than ever before
  • My two of my best friends got married, and I was a maid of honor and a bridesmaid
  • My cousin tied the knot
  • I hosted a HUGE Halloween party
  • I made the most of the East Coast snow with my season pass to Stratton
  • I filled a life-long dream of attending the New Year’s Rose Parade in Pasadena
  • I planned a weekend long party for one of the brides in San Juan
  • I rang in 30 at Coachella

Phew, I’m exhausted just thinking about it all! But I am getting back into my normal rhythm again, and the posts here should too. I’ll be scaling back to three posts a week. Thanks for coming back and reading again!