Today was my first day of work at my new software consulting gig. It was unlike every other "first day".
I didn't have to go into an office, get photographed for an ID badge or meet my new coworkers at lunch. My entire work day consisted of a mid-day phone call with my new manager who lives 2 time zones away.
I ended up taking the call from our kitchen because there was someone setting up our new air conditioner and the furnace lives in my craft room/home office. I spent over 90 minutes hearing about the history and current state of the projects I'll be working on. It was an easy, interesting, fun conversation, and the time flew by. I could get used to this!
But that's not what I'm writing about today. This morning I went for a walk, during which I felt a need to hurry home to "get stuff done" before my phone meeting.
As tempted as I was to cut my walk short and head home, I took stock of what I had accomplished this morning:
- Packed my daughter's lunch
- Ate my own breakfast (a rarity!)
- Unloaded, reloaded and ran the dishwasher
- Did a load of laundry
- Boiled 8 eggs for the coming week's snacks
- Dropped both girls off at school on time
- Downloaded a set of client photos for The Papercraft Lab
- Got dressed in workout clothes and actually made it out for exercise
- Checked email and confirmed my meeting time
That's a lot of stuff, right? How could I possibly be "behind" by 9:45am?
I thought about my priorities: family, craft, home, work, and self-care (dingdingding!). Wasn't attending to my health one of my significant priorities, over a clear Inbox or more filing?
This particularly awesome lyric from Bastille's The Weight of Living Pt. 2 came on while I was pondering these things:
All that you desired when you were a child was to be old,
now that you are here suddenly you fear you've lost control.
Do you like the person you've become?
So I kept walking, knowing THAT was what was most important to me right then. I walked for 45 minutes today under a perfect blue sky, alone with my thoughts and my music. I even ran a teeny, tiny, bit. Today was a good day.