I hate the word busy. I visibly cringe when I accidentally say, “really busy” when someone asks me how I am. I roll my eyes at the communal refrain of “we’re so busy!” when volleying potential meeting dates back-and-forth with friends, before finally deciding on a day three months down the line that we’ll all inevitably cancel anyway because: busy. But most of all, I hate the feeling of busy-ness. It claustrophobic and toxic and manifests itself in tight shoulders, spotty skin, irregular sleep and snippy answers to even the most innocent questions. Feeling time poor also means I don’t cook as often and therefore don’t eat as well as I like to, and that I often drink more than I should (you know, to unwind) and this combination creates a perfect storm of self-loathing, which you may or may not know is great feeling when you’re already stressed.
I hatehatehate that I’m about to say this but for the past few weeks, I’ve been really busy. Between work, social obligations, my fitness goals, and trying to manage some personal grief, I’m feeling physically, mentally and emotionally maxed out. Luckily, I’ve been through similar busy periods before and now have the ability to spot the signs of busy-ness and deploy some coping mechanisms before I reach a breaking point. But even so, this spiral into busy is exhausting. My number one goal for this next week is to take my former therapist’s advice and be kind to myself at every opportunity. I’m going to look for the good, focus on finding the joy, and give myself a lot of space to think and feel and be. And as we enter a new month, I wish this for you (for all of us!) too.
And speaking of spotting the good, here are a few of the good things I crossed paths with this week:
I never do this, but I’m totally going to re-listen to Marc Maron’s interview with Brené Brown. So many nuggets of goodness! And I loooove that she didn’t get her degree until she was 30. A great reminder that it’s never too late to go after what you want.
I can’t stop listening to Lizzo’s new album, Cuz I Love You. I love all of it so much but keep finding myself humming Jerome, which I think might be my favourite song on the album. So much real talk from my pop princess! 🖤
I deeply identified with Anne Helen Petersen’s piece on how groups are the only good thing Facebook has going atm. I’m a member of a few really great Facebook groups and they’re honestly the only thing I enjoy about the platform. If it weren’t for them, and for the fact that I need to use facebook for much of my client work, I’d be outta there in no time.
SPEAKING OF growing communities, as a digital marketer and a human, I’ve been really enjoying the Get Together podcast, which is all about growing communities with purpose. I totally recommend it to anyone trying to make a space to connect with people online.
I love eggs. I eat eggs almost every morning– which means I think about Susan Sarandon jubilantly eating an egg in The Meddler every day- but I don’t switch up the way I prepare my eggs very often. However, that just might change after I watched this twenty-seven minute-long video exploring 59 ways to cook eggs. Will I finally have the confidence now to poach my morning eggs? Should I try putting them in a waffle iron? How have I never made coddled eggs?! Forget busy-ness. I want more eggy-ness in my life!
Even though Food52 has only been UK accessible post-GDPR for, like, five minutes, I’ve already convinced myself that I need their entire online store in my kitchen ASAP. Specifically these stock cube trays, this genius ice cube tray, and (surprise!) these adorable egg coddlers– you know, for my new-and-improved morning eggs…
Here’s to an eggy, restful, and wonderful week. Breathe deep and don’t let the fact that it’s somehow going to be May freak you out too much. ✨