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Full Time, All the Time

with Britt Reints

Forget the 9 to 5; the demands of a working mom aren’t limited by a time clock. Full Time, All the Time is a blog about balancing the many roles of a modern woman - and maintaining your wellbeing while doing it. I am a writer, mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend and sometimes volunteer living in Pittsburgh. Oh, and I think you look pretty today.

You can also find Britt on Twitter and at InPursuitOfHappiness.net.

Do You Celebrate Yourself Enough?

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I turned 34 this month, and I’m happy to say that my birthday was a wonderful day. I received gifts from my husband and mom, and cards and texts from friends and family. But perhaps my favorite thing I received that day was something I gave myself: permission to celebrate.

It seems like the older we get, the more we’re supposed to insist that our birthdays aren’t worth recognizing. We’re not supposed to request gifts or expect singing. I don’t know if this is because turning a year older can be a little scary, or because with age comes the expectation that we aren’t worthy of a fuss.

Well, I am worthy.

And with age has come the realization that I don’t need to wait for someone else to throw me a party.
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Are You Recharging Or Checking Out?

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026/365 - addicted You already know that down time is valuable. Taking care of yourself by making relaxation a priority can actually make you more productive and help prevent burnout . But should we set standards for our down time? Is, for example, a soak in the tub more restorative than a Netflix binge session?

Full disclosure: I love Netflix. And Hulu.

I have been known to watching 10 years worth of TV in 10 days. I don’t believe there is anything inherently wrong with letting yourself check out from time to time.


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Traditions: Love Them Or Hate Them?

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Mmm...Happy Thanksgiving!I am never more aware of the power of traditions than during November and December. Whether they date back several generations or have been created in recent years, customs that dictate “how things are done” have the power to both comfort and crush me emotionally.

I’m a pretty sentimental person. I suppose that’s why I’m naturally drawn to traditions. Or maybe it’s because I grew up surrounded by a lot of chaos, and traditions provided a rare sense of stability and safety. Whatever the reason, I went into marriage and motherhood with set ideas about how my family would celebrate various holidays.
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3 Signs You Need a Personal Day

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One of my favorite things about working from home and being mostly self employed is the ability to take a personal day when I need it. I don’t generally have to ask permission; it’s up to me to move around appointments and assignments if I want to clear up an afternoon or an entire day smack in the middle of a work week. Even if you have a boss, chances are you can call in sick or schedule a personal day once in a while. But should you?
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The power of one-on-one parenting

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I just returned from a 5-day trip to Orlando with my teenager, a trip I have been looking forward to since the moment he agreed to travel with me. It was everything I’d hoped it would be and more. We spent five blissful days communicating, hanging out, playing together, and not fighting. He talked to me, he laughed at my jokes, and he shared things with me - all activities that have been missing from our relationship since the onset of puberty.

In part, I have VisitOrlando, the Nickelodeon Suites Resort, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld to thank for this experience. They organized the trip and picked up the tab for most of our visit. They let my son and I share the magic of Harry Potter World, a real treat since we’d read the books together years ago. They provided the pool that he asked me to swim with him in, the rides we loved, and the shows we swapped opinions about.

But the real credit for this fabulous vacation goes to me and Devin - and the power of one-on-one parenting.
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Emergency Preparedness: are you a Boy Scout or MacGyver type?

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EmergencyAs I write this, my husband is at the local grocery store stocking up on D batteries and - well, I don’t know what else he’s hoping to buy. My plans for the day included unpacking from two weeks of suitcase living and getting caught up on work. It hadn’t occurred to me to prepare for Hurricane Sandy, despite having known about the storms impending arrival in my state for days.

In my defense, I live in Western Pennsylvania and most of the weather news has been focused on the East Coast. As a new Pittsburgh resident, I’m still a little unfamiliar with my place in the geographical scheme of things, but I know that Philadelphia is about a six hour drive from me. I assumed that meant we were just going to get some rain and maybe a little wind. I told the kids to wear their winter coats and take umbrellas to school.

According to Twitter, Allegheny County officials (the ones I’m supposed to be listening to) have declared a state of emergency and warned residents to prepare for 72 hours without power. Oops. Off my husband goes to get batteries.

It’s safe to say that I do not plan well for emergencies.
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How losing a parent made me an adult

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With my dad, sophomore year of high school.I became a grown up on Thursday, October 18, 2012, at about six thirty in the evening.

I’m 32 years old and I have two children, including one in middle school. I’ve been married for over a decade. I’ve bought and sold three homes, paid off two car loans and purchased an appropriate amount of life insurance. None of those adult milestones, however, prepared me for the rapid aging I experienced last week when my stepdad died.
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Stopping to check the map, even when we’re busy

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begin with the end in mind Begin with the end in mind.

It means to live with intention, and to be clear on what that intention is. Successful entrepreneurs know that a clear picture of the end, the goal, is crucial. Whether opening a new store or starting out as a freelancer, a proper business plan tells where to invest your most precious resources: time and money.

It makes sense to begin with the end in mind, to decide where you’re going before you start.

What’s a little trickier is taking the time to stop and seek directions when you’re already flying down the highway.


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Sorry boss, I’m calling in crabby

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I woke up this morning in a foul mood.

Scratch that. I woke up this morning in a fine mood, and then I rolled over and checked my email. A critical email from an editor promptly put me in a bad mood (reason number 836 why I shouldn’t be checking my email in bed.)

As I lay in bed waiting for the sun to finish rising, one email spiraled into a parade of my favorite self doubts and insecurities marching across my mind. Before the first child could ask for breakfast, I had decided I sucked at my job, hated my life, and would never have the time or breathing room I needed to make things right again.

I should mention here that I have been traveling full time with my husband and two kids for the past ten months. We’ve never gone hungry and the only work I’ve had to do for the past year has involved writing, which I adore. Also, I may be flying to the Caribbean in a couple weeks for a quick trip to check out a luxury resort - for work. In other words, I love my life and my job and I have more breathing room than most people can even fantasize about. But early mornings are no place for logic, clearly.

At any rate, by the time I opened the laptop to begin work, it seemed my temperament for the day was firmly set to ‘not good’.
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Who wants to be the boss of me?

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I have to make some big changes in my career. Soon. Well, soonish.

Because some of my revenue streams have evaporated, new ones need to be tapped. Because I work in an ever-changing medium, adjustments need to be made all the time, and truth be told I’ve gotten pretty lazy about keeping up with those changes while traveling the country with my family.

I’ve made significant changes outside of my work life in the last year. My husband has become temporarily unemployed in order to travel full time and take on the responsibility of our children’s education. I moved out of a 3,000-square-foot home into a 24-foot travel trailer. I’ve visited dozens of American cities in the last eight months. I’ve gone from a two-car household to a one-car family, often not only sharing a vehicle but doing so in completely unfamiliar surroundings.

Yes, there have been a lot of changes for me in the last year, and so I have been understandably lax about keeping up with the ones that need to be made professionally.
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