It is hot in Colorado.
So, for the last week or so, Flirt and I have been doing an early morning walk. This way, we get out before the heat of the day really begins and she feels much better. She does not like the heat.
I am finding that I really like these early morning walks.
I have completely changed my routine so that basically we get up, have a little snack and get dressed and go. I shower when we get back and then I head into my workday.
But, I am still getting used to being a “morning person”. Up until a few years ago, I was always the night owl. I loved staying up late and waking up late.
As I get older though, I am finding more and more that I like the morning. The time when most people aren’t up yet. It is quiet and you hear the birds. In the summer, there is plenty of sun here during that time, so you really get to enjoy the day.
I am also finding that these walks are helping me decompress. I always used to talk to Flirt a bunch when we were walking but now, I am enjoying the sounds of nature and doing a lot less talking. I am generally just trying to take in the beauty of the day and enjoy the fact that I have parks near me that are wonderful to behold.
It is allowing me to go into my day a little less stressed and I think that I am doing a better job because of it. I know that I am feeling more confident in my ability to handle the stress of unexpected challenges. But it is taking some mindset change for me around work. I never been comfortable with an 8-5 schedule. I always felt too rushed to be in an office by 8am and it just is one of those things that doesn’t really work for me. So, I am working on a mindset that says as long as I am getting 8 hours in each day, no one should care when I start my day. So, if I start at 9am, it will be fine. It is a little hard for me to get my mind around, but I really think it is the way I will be working in the future. Maybe I will just tell myself that I am working on West Coast time!
As I think about these things, I get back to thinking about how to design my life. I have taken a break from it for a minute so that I could figure how to be out in the world again, but now, I am thinking that it is time to get back to it. And one of those things I want in my design is to be able to work with less stress. I am hoping that these walks and a later start time will help me down that road.
This week, for you, I encourage you to do something that might change things up for a few days. See how it feels. Play around with your design. I will be doing that to try to make my life a little less stressful. Maybe you will find a new thing you enjoy.
Happy week everyone!