Day in the Life + Loneliness
6:45am: Wake up! I’m a person who likes to brush my teeth before I eat breakfast, but this day I woke up REALLY hungry so I was eating breakfast within 5 minutes of rolling out of bed. Breakfast was oats I soaked overnight in milk & vanilla protein powder.
I had early clients that day and needed to get out the door quickly, so I threw on work clothes before breakfast.
7:20am: Feed/situate all the dogs. Out the door. On the drive to work I was already hungry again, which I figured would happen since my breakfast didn’t have adequate fat. Snacked on some chocolate covered almonds on the way to work.
7:45am: See my first client of the day.
9:15am: Head to a women’s group I joined through our church.
This is where the “loneliness” piece comes in. In February of this year I had two life changes at the exact same time: opening my private practice (office tour here) and finding out I was pregnant. The day after I decided to leave the group practice was when I found out I was pregnant. I’ve been feeling mentally/emotionally different for my entire pregnancy, which I know is to be expected. But it’s been tricky for me to distinguish what are typical pregnancy feels and what are feelings due to being alone all day working on the blog/in private practice.
I love my job. But I believe humans are meant to be in community with others and when you don’t have coworkers it’s tough (for me at least) to create that sense of community on a daily basis. I have friends I care about…but going multiple hours a day without connecting on a personal level with others wasn’t working for me. I was always kinda bummed when Andrew would have stories to tell about his coworkers and I’d have nothing because NO COWORKERS! There are so many positives to my job and so many things I am grateful for, but I was having way too much alone time. Joining this women’s group has helped me a lot. There are women of all ages, which really appeals to me.
10am-noon: Women’s group (we’re going through this book) + enjoyed a latte from the church coffee shop.
noon: That latte was doing an excellent job of keeping me full, so I swung by the pool for a quick swim.
BUMP PHOTO! These bathing suit bottoms used to be high waisted bottoms that went up past my belly button. They’ve been great for pregnancy! The idea of squeezing the bump into a one piece appeals to me none, especially because one of my favorite parts of swimming is watching the bump in the mirror that is on the pool floor as I move through the water.
I’ll have an update about Raspberry’s size soon. She is growing extremely well lol.
12:30ish: shower + head back to office
1pm: Lunch. I made a version of enchiladas again. I saw Robyn layer a bunch of enchiladas ingredients into a dish on Sunday on her Stories and I was like yes. So that’s what I did too. Paired with an orange.
1:30pm-6pm: Client sessions (some virtual and some in-person) + call therapists/doctors to coordinate care on clients. Plus I ate the rest of the chocolate covered almonds I had started eating earlier.
And I had a 30 minute call with my best friend squeezed in here :)
6:30pm: Attended a Houston Eating Disorder Specialists dinner at Maggianos. The speaker was Dr. Nicole Hawkins, who I adore. She presented on: Understanding the Pressure on Women to be Thin. She is the same woman who gave the talk on “healthy” living bloggers.
I started with bread & butter + salad.
Everything for dinner was served family style. For my entree I went for lasagna + more bread & butter + asparagus.
Dr. Hawkins brought up this ad during her presentation…
She pointed out that this ad is marketed to grown women. It’s like they couldn’t find models skinny enough so they went and found some kids to wear women’s clothing. I think it perpetuates unrealistic body standards for women. We shouldn’t be trying to have the body of a 12 year old girl. Any thoughts on this?
She also mentioned how Jennifer Aniston was on a magazine cover (this cover) and they HEAVILY photoshopped her (they only kept her head and her hand and put a different body in the photo). Jennifer Aniston sued the magazine, but lost because (something along the lines of): “the consumer is aware that magazine images are artistic images that are fake/heavily photoshopped.” Really? Is that something the consumer is aware of? Even if you know the image is fake, I still feel like it can have a negative impact on you. This kind of reminds me of how I know scary movies are fake…but they still terrify me and mess with my head to the point that I can’t sleep at night.
8pm: We finished the evening with dessert…some awesome chocolate cake + tiramisu. I really don’t like many of the tiramisus I try (because hello, mushy lady fingers)…but I always try it because I like things that come in layers lol. But to my surprise, this tiramisu was AWESOME! I was so impressed.
8:45pm: Home + hangout with Andrew + catch each other up on our days + gave Fletcher a bath because he ended up needing one…it’s a long story, but a bath was necessary lol
10pm: Painted yesterday’s watercolor therapy. I was waiting for inspiration to strike and it finally did.