life balance

Why I Volunteer

Why I Volunteer

Every time I have to leave the house for a full day of meetings, I am reminded of my awe and appreciation for all the working parents out there. Especially the single working parents. I really don’t know how they do it. I left my house at 9 a.m., and got home around 3 p.m. I immediately had to walk Alton and then sit down at the computer to get some more work done, for about another hour and half.

That means nothing else got done in my house. So today I will play some catch-up on the housework that didn’t get done yesterday. I’m thankful to have the flexibility to do what I love and take care of the house, it’s just some days I wish there were two of me, or a magic wand. Kudos again to all the parents (and grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings, etc.) doing it all.

While I don’t have a full-time job, I do have multiple volunteer responsibilities that do keep me busy and attending meetings out of the house on a semi-regular basis. Two meetings landed both on the same day yesterday which is why I was gone so long. The first was a strategic planning meeting for the board I Chair at the Center for Independence of Individuals with Disabilities. It is a non-profit Independent Living Center

I Will Never Be A Morning Person

I Will Never Be A Morning Person

They say that people change over time. That maturity, or life experience, or, just adapting to new forced circumstances will, over time, inherently change who you are. Well, for some people, about some things, this may be true. But there is one thing about me (spoiler alert in the title) that I don’t think will ever change— and that is not being a morning person.

I’ve made it to 42 years on this planet and I can most assuredly say that I don’t like waking up early anymore now than I did when I was, well, ever.

But before I go any further, let’s get clear on how I define “morning person.” To me a morning person is someone who naturally enjoys waking up early (before 7 a.m.) and can be productive, cheerful and conversational. Even if they incorporate some kind of quiet, meditative part of their morning routine, my overall assertion is that for a “morning person,” being awake early is something that is as normal and welcomed as watching a favorite movie.

Truth is, I wish I was a morning person. Early morning is actually a very productive time of the day. The world is still coming to life so that gives time to get a jump on replying to emails, returning phone calls, or kickstarting some daily chores. I know on the rarest of days when I do get up earlier than normal I am able to capture some of this precious time and always feel better for doing so. It’s just not something I enjoy enough.