I’m always evaluating how to better spend my time. Because let’s face it…it seems like we all run out of it VERY quickly. Weekends seem to be two days of super fast catch-up. But Monday rolls around and I find myself still feeling exhausted and in need of a weekend from my weekend.

 

How do I reclaim my weekend? How do I make it work for me? I came across this article in Forbes last month “How Successful People Spend Their Weekends” and realized a lot of points in this article I was missing.

 

For example – Minimize chores. I tend to let a lot pile up for the weekend. I never find time to get certain chores done during the week, so I spend a solid few hours tackling laundry or dusting on the weekends. This article made me rethink, well if I can just do ONE thing a night to help lessen that load, it would maximize my weekend time.

 

Another example – Exercise. EEEEK. I am one to say…go to gym? NO way…it’s the weekend! Well my friends, maybe it doesn’t work that way. I still have no interest in spending time IN the gym on the weekend, but instead I combine a few of the article’s suggestions together and try to do a fun activity with friends or family outside to get us ALL moving! My favorites include hiking (usually around the lake, NOT in the shopping mall) and kayaking.

 

Overall – disconnecting and relaxing through the course of the weekend, I believe, is the pinnacle of recharging for the week to come. I think to become successful you need to be “on your game” 99% of the time during the work week, so try working in some of these tips to better optimize your weekend spend.

Mia Maree Ode to the Weekend

I’m looking forward to pursuing my passions this weekend and spending a relaxing, yet fun 48 hours! 

 

*I understand some work weekends as their regular schedule. I use the term weekend freely. Whatever day or days you have off, even if it is midweek, still try implementing some of these tactics to make sure you are receiving the recharge you need!

 

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Mia Maree Black Alley 2 Top: similar // Skirt: F21 // Shoes: Steven Madden // Bracelet: jcrew // Watch: Withings // Necklace: Baublebar // Glasses: Prada {on sale!}

 

I wore this look to brunch with my sweet girlfriend Geni. It was my first time exploring the new 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, NC. Downtown Durham is one of the best places to go and browse around for great food in the area…but with the addition of this hotel? So much intrigue and art was instantly injected. I highly recommend stopping by if you are in the Triangle!

 

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Mia Maree Blooms Dress: Old Navy // Shoes: SoleSociety // Earrings: Baublebar // Glasses: Prada

 

There is nothing like welcoming spring with buying gorgeous bright bouquets of flowers, planting flowers in hopes of beautiful blooms and of course wearing a fun floral to put you in the Spring spirit. A long sleeve dress is a go-to right now when the temperature is still a bit chilly before noon, but lovely once the day opens up.

 

Having a bright blue day with gorgeous weather puts me in the best of moods. But with Spring…there are showers and I’m looking forward to this rainy season wrapping up quickly!

 

I’m off in the next 24 hours for a weekend get-away with my husband to the mountains of North Carolina and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m ready to soak in some relaxation and time well spent together. Have a wonderful rest of your week!

 

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THIS book. I was anxious to read it. So I bought it…and it sat on my shelf for a good seven months…

 

WHY? I’m not sure. When I eventually started reading, I was just as excited. I think the only thing I could possibly explain was I knew Sophia Amoruso and I are world’s full of different, so thinking deeply what could I possibly learn?!

 

A HECK OF A LOT.

 

There is no doubt Sophia and I had very different backgrounds. We hung out with different people, our paths to business couldn’t be more extreme. She wasn’t afraid of being different and/or fired from many jobs. Where I have always wanted to be perfect or was expected to be perfect. I feared failure. (I admit it, I still do!) But I could argue there are days at age 28 where I’m not quite sure I’ve found myself and Ms. Sophia KNOWS her stuff.

 

Once all of that bias was out of my way, I dug deep into Sophia’s story. I cringed, I laughed, I was in awe and I was motivated. ALL OF THE EMOTIONS followed me in this book.

 

I wanted to share with you an excerpt from an interview I read that Sophia gave to Fast Company in April 2014:

The reporter asked: “Why the title? (GirlBoss) You’re explicit that it’s a feminist book in certain ways. Why is that important to you?

My story of female empowerment, if you can call it that, comes from rejecting everything that the feminist who works at the bookstore in Portlandia would believe in. That’s like living less of a life. I think it’s more of a challenge to wear a skirt and makeup and be a wife and be a mom and have a job and feel sexy, while also keeping your boyfriend in check and making sure you don’t get treated like shit in the workplace. There’s a difference between making compromises and being compromised, which a lot of women do let happen. 

 

THIS is what drew me to her. I want to be strong and bold in the workplace, but still be proud of my feminine values. I am proud to be a wife, but I am even prouder my husband respects my wish to have a career. I hope to be a mom someday, but still hope I can be a career role model to my children. I truly believe you do not have to sacrifice one for the other. There may be compromises along the way, but in the big picture women, if they should wish, should strive to have both.

 

I wanted to give you an example of three things I took away from the book, even though I could write all day about what I’ve learned! I’ll let you read it for yourself!

 

- The Four Worlds Thou Shalt Never Mutter – “That’s not my job” This alone is powerful. It is amazing to me how entitled youth are today. Be passionate in your job. Dig in and give it all you got. There are plenty of times you need to climb the ladder. Any job you are given – give it your all.

 

- Cover letters. I was surprised to hear how important Sophia thought they were. I believe they are a bit of a dying breed. However, I do agree with her it is the first opportunity you have to show creativity!

 

- “Money Looks Better in the Bank Than on Your Feet” – oh…for someone who loves to shop this sunk in. I have been really trying to re-evaluate what I personally spend the past few months. I imagine it is the same thought process I would want to have come naturally if and when I own my own business. Always live within your means. And keep working hard to live the way you want.

 

I highly recommend this book for women up and coming in their professions. Whether you can relate to Sophia or not, a variety of point-of-views can only benefit you!

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This blog is the “Cherry on Top” in my life. It is something I keep coming back to and I miss it when I’m away. I want to turn it into a place I enjoy being in and others enjoy its companionship. 

 

Over the years I’ve focused on styling. I still love to style. But I have found myself branching out…styling an outfit turned into outfitting a home. Decorating a home turned into finding new ways to organize things. In the hunt for the perfect organization solution I have fallen in love with many new gizmos and gadgets. I want to share all of that with you!

 

I work full-time for a software firm. I have learned so much about the business world and have networked with amazing career-oriented women. I want to share them with you. How do some of them seem to “do it all”? Tips on how to find work/life balance? We all need that. 

 

 

I read lots and lots and lots of books. Some I’d like to share with you – some I’ll throw out the window.

 

Basically…I’m all over the place and into everything. But that is life – sweet as can be.

 

That is what this blog will start to reflect. I want to share with my readers the things that bring me joy. And in turn, hopefully you can find a little joy of your own.

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