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In Work on
October 29, 2017

5 Ways I Prepare for the Week Ahead

Preparing for the Week Ahead - Olivia Adams PR

It’s Sunday morning and I’m currently snuggled up on the couch with coffee in hand, candles lit and Twilight playing in the background (yes, I am a closet Twilight fan although Harry Potter will always be my #1). It’s also Halloween weekend, so I’m soaking up every bit of “fall vibes” I can before the holidays kick in.

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about Sundays. Weekends are often a sacred time where we try to pack everything we didn’t get to do during the week into 48 hours while also making time for fun, hobbies and catching up on sleep (aka self care). Talk about high expectations for an epic weekend! 

For a couple of years, weekends used to stress me out a lot. I mean a lot. I would celebrate on Friday, run errands or catch up on work I didn’t get to during the week on Saturdays and then arrive to Sunday feeling like the weekend slipped through my fingers (and often cry about it or go into full flown anxiety attack mode). What I didn’t realize at the time, however, was that I was actually having amazing weekends; I was just hard on myself for not getting to everything on my weekend to-do list. 

And then I soon discovered I was approaching weekends the wrong way. It’s the weekend – why do I need to pressure myself to do all of the things?

Once I stopped watching the clock and started letting go of my insane weekend to-do list, I won my weekends back. While I still create weekend to-do lists (because there is so much satisfaction in making lists), I’ve learned to give myself more grace if I don’t get to everything. After all, it is the weekend – a time for rest and relaxation. What’s most important to me now is that I completed my #1 to-do list item (whether that was meal prepping or finishing a work project) and completed something for myself (like reading a book, doing something fun or watching a movie).

I’ll be the first to admit that every now and again I get a case of the “Sunday Scaries.” But fortunately, they are now a rare occurance. That’s why today I thought I’d share a few things I do every Sunday to help me prepare for the upcoming week, and head into Monday feeling refreshed and excited. 

Take stock of my to-do list for the week.

Every Sunday, I crack open my trusty Simplified Planner to write my Monday to-do list and write in meetings, conference calls, deadlines and appointments for the new work week. Even though every week changes on the fly (e.g. calls getting canceled or a new project to added to the to-do list, basically #PRLife), mapping out my week gives me peace of mind knowing that I can head into Monday with an idea of what’s in store and as few surprises as possible. 

Refresh my weekly priorities.

Working with a handful of different and diverse clients, I’m constantly on the move and having to stay on top of my to do list. I keep a running list of every project I have for each client (I used to keep it in a Word document but now I use a trusty notepad) so I know what I have in the pipeline for each client. This master list allows me to prioritize projects for each client, and then at the end of the week I can cross off what I accomplished (talk about some awesome satisfaction!).

Grocery shopping and meal prep.

I always end my weekend with a trip to the grocery store and an afternoon of meal prep. This is probably one of my biggest saving graces as it gives me one less thing to worry about Monday-Friday. After shopping, I prep lunches and dinners for the week, since I spend most evenings at the gym and don’t get home until 8:30 p.m. Having meals prepared in advance makes it easier to plan and gives me more time so I don’t have to think about cooking when I get home every night.

Something fun.

Something fun is always a priority for Sundays. I mean, it is Sunday Funday after all. Sunday Funday usually looks like either a movie date with my boyfriend, checking out new breweries or going to brunch, meeting up with friends for trivia night, or having a lazy Sunday at home watching football or TV. Lately I’ve been trying to incorporate more of my hobbies like reading, blogging and handlettering into my “something fun” category so I can also feel like I did something rewarding for myself.

Relax and unwind.

At the end of my Sunday (anywhere between 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.) is when I build in time for additional relaxation. Although meal prep or “something fun” sometimes bleeds into this special time of the day, I try to build in 30 minutes for unwinding before bed. Unfortunately, this has been the hardest thing for me to do lately because life has been really busy and I’m often finding myself going to bed without unwinding first. When I get to unwind, however, this usually consists of doing a facial, painting my nails, reading a book, journaling or watching a movie or TV show. 

Weekends are still a work in progress for me, and there are some where I wish I had more minutes in the day. However, slowing down and giving myself time to relax and do things for me have helped me fill my cup. Hopefully these rituals I follow give you some inspiration for a slower and happier weekend.

I’m always curious to hear how others spend their Sundays. What are some of your favorite ways to prepare for the week ahead? 

Photo credit: Twigy Posts 

Preparing for the Week Ahead - Olivia Adams PR: Finding yourself with a case of the "Sunday Blues"? Here are some things I do each Sunday to prepare for the week ahead and feel excited and refreshed for Monday!
In Grow on
October 22, 2017

Thoughts On Growth

Growth has been on my mind a lot lately.

Do you ever take a second to pause and reflect on how much things have changed from where you were a year ago and how much you have grown? Do you think about all the new experiences you’ve gained and the new ways you’ve built resilience?

All the times you’ve fallen and got back up? All the times you celebrated?

People say a lot can happen in a year. And they’re right.

This year has been the first year in a long time where I have finally felt closer to being myself. Instead of fighting with myself, I’ve gotten more comfortable with who I am. And that’s one of the best feelings in the world.

Every now and again, I like to look back over the last six months, year or even two years to take stock of the experiences I gained, new things I’ve learned and different ways I’ve grown. When I look back, it reminds me of how much stronger I’ve become and the new ways I see the world.

They say that as you get older, you get wiser. Not that I feel much wiser, but I have discovered that I now have a lot more experiences to draw on when I’m faced with a big decision or a challenge. And that I can look back on times where I had to push myself outside of my comfort zone or face a fear, and how I overcame those challenges. (Like today, hitting publish on this post.)

It’s kind of that feeling when the training wheels come off, but you still need mom or dad there to run behind you in case you fall. It’s learning to believe in yourself and know that you will eventually fall, but you will get back up and have people around you that love you and support you and will continue to cheer you on. That’s what growing up has kind of felt like for me. Learning to lean on people when I need help and knowing that I can pull myself up, too.

Another thing I’ve learned about growing up is that life comes in seasons. There are those big seasons like college, your early 20s, getting married, having kids, losing a parent or loved one, starting a business or going back to college. Then there are seasons where you’re trying figure out what’s most important to you and making those things a priority in your life.

It’s accepting the weeks or months in your life where you’re going to miss the gym more than you’d like because life happens. It’s getting down and dirty in work and powering through because you know that the more focused you are, the more you can accomplish. It’s taken some time for me to recognize these seasons, but now that I know they exist, it has made it easier to get through the tough ones and to savor the special ones.

I’m currently coming out of a season where life and work is go, go, go and I’ve had to put “me” on the back burner for a couple of weeks. But that’s OK. Because I know that I’ll soon enter a season where I can go back to square one and spend more time filling my cup. Being able to recognize that there will be crazy times of your life and slow times of your life is what makes it easier to get through the moments that are messy, fast and at times, stressful.

Growing up is weird. There are days where I feel like I’m just a kid (especially when I’m in a room full of important people and I need to think on my feet) and other days I feel like I’ve got it together. I guess that’s the beauty of life is that almost everyone feels this way, regardless of if they’re 25 or 45. It’s all about gaining new experiences that shape you and mold you into the person that you are today.

Thank you for sticking with me through this rambling post. Growth is something I’m passionate about and I am thinking about incorporating more posts like this one into the blog. I welcome your questions or ideas, and would love to hear your thoughts on growth, too.

What are your thoughts on growth? Have you experienced any growth lately? 

Photo credit: Unsplash

In Real Life on
September 16, 2017

Life Lately

Well, hello there! It’s been a while.

What a summer it has been. The last time I blogged, I was writing about my goals for summer and now it’s already fall. Where does the time go?!

You might notice some things are a little different around here. I’ve been on a bit of a blogging break, but I’m excited to share that I’m back. And I’m back for good!

Blogging has been quite the journey for me. It’s served as a platform for growing my career. It’s served as a creative outlet. It’s served as a portfolio. Now, this little space is growing into something bigger. It’s becoming a space where I share all of me – my perspectives on life, work and the moments in between.

I truly have the intention to be writing on a regular basis. I’m ready to commit again to writing for fun. I look forward to seeing where this journey takes me over the coming months, the writing that grows out of this space and the new connections made.

If this is your first time stopping by the blog, learn more about me here. You can also find me on Twitter or Instagram. Thank you for swinging by!