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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.

Does a good life make you feel guilty?

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Today my daughter and I are boarding a plane bound for an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean. We’ll spend four days enjoying white beaches, spa treatments, and VIP pampering. It’s our very first mother-daughter getaway, and we’re setting the bar high.

Oh, and it won’t cost me a dime.

The tab for this trip is being picked up by the PR company representing the resort. As a travel writer, I am invited to go on press trips like this (OK, not like this, this is definitely one of the best so far!) several times a year. I also receive free hotel rooms, admission to world-class attractions, and meals at fabulous restaurants.

I don’t get health insurance, but there’s no doubt that the benefits of my “job” are fabulous.
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The more things change, the more they stay the same

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This is my last post for the Full Time, All the Time blog. It’s hard to believe that it has been more than two years since I started writing here, but it’s even harder to believe why I’m leaving.

Over two years ago, I took on the role of blogger here when my predecessor Karen Waldron of Chookooloonks stopped working full time in a corporate office and started building her own business from her home. My very first post here was about how I felt guilty watching Karen leave the workforce, but how certain I was that working out of the home was the best choice for me and my family. Two years later, I’m writing my last blog because I, too, have left the traditional workforce behind in exchange for self-employment.


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Realistic expectations: I have none

Categories: break from reality, the juggle

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I am one week into living and working on the road. Here’s what I’ve realized:

I spend way more time working that I thought.

I set aside an hour in the morning to work and spend all of it checking email, writing exactly nothing. I tell my family I’ll work a little bit before we hop back in the car for our next destination, only to find it takes me four hours to do two hours worth of work.

Apparently I have no concept of how long a task will take me. I’m not sure how this hasn’t become an issue before now; I guess because there was no one standing by and watching my hours stretch past their original boundaries of schedule.
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Bracing for changes

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This is the last post I’ll write for Full Time, All the Time from the comfort of anything resembling an office. This is probably also the last week I can reasonably claim to work “full time.”

One week from today, my family and I are moving out of our suburban home and into a 24 foot travel trailer RV. For the next year, we’ll tow that portable house all over the United States with our old SUV, working and living in cities and campgrounds that promise free or cheap WiFi. My kids are calling it The Biggest Vacation Ever, but I won’t exactly be on vacation. I’ll still be working - although hopefully less than full time - because someone has to pay for the campground fees and cereal.

Things, they are a-changin’.


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When stress is unavoidable

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I had to call my husband after he’d left for work and apologize for being such a - er - not nice person this morning.

I ended up hanging up on him about 15 minutes later.

I’ve had to apologize for my crankiness repeatedly over the last few weeks, and I wouldn’t blame my family if they were starting to doubt my sincerity. I really am sorry and I do intend to be less crabby in the future. Really.

But I’m running out of ways (and time) to relieve a boatload of excess stress right now.

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I vote we start 2011 next week

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It’s not like I didn’t know January 1st was coming.

First of all, it happens every single year at the exact same time.  And if that isn’t enough (because I forget lots of things that happen at the exact same time every year), there is a massive world wide countdown to its arrival.

10… 9… 8…

What? It’s 2011?  It’s been 2011 for five days and I still haven’t taken the time to make a single resolution or goal for the New Year?

Well, crap.


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What do you love about your job?

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I said once that business travel sounds a lot more glamorous than it is in real life.  I lamented the early morning flights and the time away from family.  Business travel, I said, is often time spent in a hotel room rather than time spent traveling.

Tomorrow afternoon I’m getting on an airplane for a business trip. To the beach.  I received my itinerary by email and discovered that I’ll be enjoying a private tour of a nearby zoo and zip line facility.  My beach-front condo is going to be stocked with food and drink so I can enjoy breakfast in my room before heading out to spend time at a sand castle competition.

This part of my job is, to be frank, awesome.

We talk a lot about finding ways to juggle the things we have to do, spending less time doing the things we don’t want to do, and coping with the things we wish we never had to do again.

But ideally, we all have something we love about our jobs.  After all, there are lots of things we could do for the money.  Don’t we choose our work based on more than money - based on delightful perks like being sent to a beautiful beach for a weekend?

What keeps you coming back?  What makes the conference calls and the late nights and the daily juggle worth it?

What do you love about your job?

Do you have a role model?

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Although many business books have advised it, I’ve never found the nerve to go and get myself a mentor.  Something about asking someone to give of their time and wisdom so freely - emphasis on free - causes me to break out in guilty hives.

What I have done, instead, is found myself a handful of role models.

Most of them don’t know that I watch them.  And I assure you, that’s not nearly as creepy as it sounds.  But it’s accurate.  I watch their work from afar, taking note of how they interact with people and the things they are able to create.  I’m not getting insider tips, but I’m paying closer attention than most and picking up on tiny details most people miss.

It’s like watching the guy in the back corner of the Broadway show I saw last week.  The rest of the audience was captivated by the lead, but I was fascinated by the swinger in the back, hitting every step perfectly despite the fact that 90% of the theater couldn’t even see him.

But I digress.  Role models.


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“Traveling for work” and other things that sound a lot cooler than they are

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When I was a little girl, I wanted to grow up and work in an office.  I wanted to put on high heels and nylons every single day and carry a briefcase.  I wanted to commute.

And I wanted to stride through the airport with my suitcase in one hand and frequent flyer card in the other, headed out on another very important business trip.  Traveling for business has always sounded so glamorous to me.

And then I grew up and went to work in an office.

I had to wear high heels.  And nylons. And it didn’t matter that it was too hot for nylons or that flip flops were the only thing that could have made a 12 hour work day more comfortable.  I had to commute.

And I had to travel for work.


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I need a not a weekend, not a weekday day

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My kids are out of town and my husband and I are making the most of our days off together.  We’ve been to three amusement parks in the ten days, seen four movies in actual movie theaters, and eaten at five or six restaurants.  It’s been like a second honeymoon!

Unfortunately, we both have to hurry back from our weekends to busy work schedules, and I find myself missing out on valuable transition time.  You know, that time between weekend and working when you get your game face back on, make your lists, and generally prepare for the week?

I usually do this weekly planning on Friday afternoon or Saturday night.  If I’ve been especially busy (or lazy), I can do my planning Monday morning.  But with the last few weekends being stretched to three (three and a half) days off, I don’t seem to have a moment to catch my breath and reorganize!  Instead, I’ve tried jumping back into work with both feet.

Guess how well that has been working out.

Not very.

I have to have a game plan for the week.  I need to have a moment to breathe and regroup between play time and work time.  When I don’t get that time, I end accomplishing half the as much work in twice as much time as usual.  Fortunately, the kids will be home in a few weeks and we’ll be back to weekends spent doing homework, catching up on laundry, and watching movies on the couch.

When do you do your weekly planning?  Do you find it’s necessary to stay organized and focused?

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