Daylight Savings: Seize the Day!

So, Daylight Savings was, of course, LAST Sunday. In the past, it was a day I dreaded. I love my sleep, so falling back was always a time to celebrate. However, springing forward always seemed to be a challenge….until 2016!

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We sprung forward and I sprung out of bed at 5 am feeling (shockingly) ready for whatever the day was to bring. Since then, I’ve found a new appreciation for this extra hour of daylight.

Since there are many of you out there still struggling to adjust to the time change, I whipped up this list of things to do to take full advantage of our longer days:

  • First things first: Wake up early! You know how you always feel like the days are never long enough? Well, now they are! Wake up while it’s still dark and start your morning routine early so you can tackle the rest of your new, long day.
  • Take the long way home. There’s no need to rush on home after work. Why not walk, bike, or even just stroll to the next bus station? The fresh air will do you some good and it’ll give you time to find a new appreciation for the shops, streets, parks, etc you see on your commute everyday.
  • Experiment in the Kitchen. After you clock out, find a new recipe on Pinterest and stop by your local grocer to grab some fresh ingredients. Spend the evening with your lover or friends chopping, sauteing, or baking something new and delicious!
  • Get your Sweat on! Go to the gym or find yourself a home workout that really challenges you. These days, it’s been all about Insanity Max 30 in our household.

How do you seize the day? Share and share alike in the comments below!


Let’s Talk About Change

Change: that inevitable thing that happens. The thing that keeps life going. Change can be gradual or abrupt. It can be positive (a promotion at work, a new home) or it can come in the form of a less than welcomed surprise (getting fired, being forced out of your apartment).

Either way the dice is thrown, change can have it’s challenges. A promotion means new responsibilities and a new home entails the daunting task of moving. Even seemingly negative changes have an upside! The promise of meeting new people in a new living situation or getting to pursue the dream you put on hold for work.

Whatever happens and whenever it comes, it seems to happen just when it’s really needed. Life is funny like that, isn’t it? I’ve had my fair share of changes, as most of you, and I’ve developed a system of sorts to help ease the burden of transition.

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  1. Process – After your initial reaction, it might take you a minute to accept the changes coming your way. Take your time to wrap your mind around what affect this change will have on your life. Cry, breathe, meditate, do yoga, or whatever it is you need to do to fully absorb and accept this eminent change.PJA filter 22
  2. Dream -Think of all the positive things that can come from this change. Think of all the positive impacts you can make with your new role at work, pin your dream decor schemes, or revisit the startup idea you put on hold for your old job. PJA Ferry Building cu edit 2
  3. Plan – Do your research and create a game plan. Here is my very simple game plan process: take out a piece of paper (or open up a new word doc) and start writing. It doesn’t have to make any sense at first, just let your subconscious flow onto the page. After you’ve written everything down, pick out your best ideas and thoughts and organize them in a way that makes sense to you (be it a list, a chart, a time line, whatever!). Let this be your loose change execution guide.PJA Mountain Goat Hill-0792
  4. Action- Take your game plan and go! Apply for the job you’ve always wanted, go see a realtor, grab a friend with a truck to hit the yard sales/local ikea for furnishings.

Whatever you do: Don’t. Stop. Change won’t halt just because you’d rather sit around in your PJ’s eating mac’n’cheese watching the new Wet Hot American Summer series on Netflix. Whether you start the change or it happens to you, do as the rivers do and go with the flow.

Have you experienced a major shift recently? How are you dealing with this change?


PJA’s Guide to Getting Through Heartbreak

Yes, I know, that’s one serious title! Thought it was about time for me to address some more serious issues here on PJA.

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This comes in lieu of my own heartbreaking story. Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with the details. What I will say is this: there was someone I loved that greatly disappointed me. Their selfish and harmful actions have forever changed my opinion of them and, while I can forgive, there are some things I will never forget.

Now that we got that out of the way, lets get down to the nitty gritty! The following is a list of tips, a guide if you will, to help you through whatever hard times you find yourself in. Be it a cheating partner, a lost pet, or another momentous change in your life that throws you off your axis.

1. Rally the Troops

This is the time to call on your friends. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you last spoke; your true friends will always come through with no harsh judgements and without conditions. Right now, you might find your self confidence deflated. Consider these people a reflection of your best self. They want to help and surrounding yourself with people that see you and your best qualities is a perfectly healthy way to boost your ego. When your spirits are lifted, don’t forget to show your gratitude for all the love they give you. Bake them something special or treat the troops to coffee.

2. Cry

Let it out! Listen to old, sad songs, watch sad movies, read old letters, whatever! Everybody’s gotta have a good cry every now and then. Take a day or two to wallow and heal.

3. Move

When you’re all cried out, get out of bed, get into some comfortable gym clothes, and get your butt into gear! I started running and, while I’m not the best runner and I barely clock in a full mile, listening to my workout playlist and pushing myself a little further with each step gives me such a high. Be it a dance class, a marathon, or just a walk around the block; do something that makes your heart beat a little faster everyday.

4. Be kind to yourself

During times of high emotional stress, I throw myself into whatever activity I can to take my mind off of whatever is bothering me. Sometimes, this method can backfire. You can feel drained, overworked, and even more stressed because you’re not taking enough time to take care of you. Recognize that you’re hurting and, while you’re a super star at whatever it is you do, sometimes you’re going to need a little help. Asking for assistance or taking a break isn’t a show of weakness. It’s called taking care of #1.

5. Focus on what really matters

It’s hard not to give your energy to something that completely rocks you. One day, you’re going to wake up and realize you’re wasting valuable time on something (or someone) that isn’t worth a second thought. Refocus that energy into getting to know yourself all over again because that’s time and energy well spent.

6. Count your blessings

When bad things happen, it’s hard to see the great things life has to offer. Take a moment everyday to express gratitude for the things you love in your life to get you prepared for the next phase. I like to write mine down in a little journal. When those sad thoughts creep up on you and the world looks bleak, pull out your list of blessings to remind you of all the beauty in your life.

I hope this simple list provides a little relief and perspective to those of you suffering from heartbreak. Remember: you’re not alone and you deserve so much more!

What piece of heartbreak wisdom would you like to share?

<3, PJA