April 2, 2015

My Favorite Minutes

I decided to do a little something different for today. I have been doing a lot of memoir reading (right now I'm reading Wild. So good.), and I'm in love with how Cheryl Strayed describes her time hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

I wanted to try to write something about my everyday life, but explained in a descriptive style. A little bit of a fun challenge for me. Bloggers are writers after all, right?

There is this certain time of the day that is my absolute favorite. It is made up of only a few minutes, and it is my favorite because it is kind of a time of transition. I've just driven home from work, but I haven't gotten out of the car yet to go inside my apartment. Almost every day I just sit in the car for ten to fifteen minutes and just unwind from my whirlwind day.

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My job has gotten more and more hectic over the past year, so I on a good day, I can get home anywhere between 5 and 7 o'clock. It usually takes me twenty minutes to drive home, and I drive home on autopilot. 

When I pull into the driveway, I put the car in park and just sit in stillness for a minute. Sometimes this is one of the first times all day I am by myself. I revel in the silence for a few minutes. 

During my few minutes before I go inside, I like to take a few minutes to do something that I want to do. Some days I continue to listen to the audio book I listened to on the drive home. Some days I check my social media accounts. Most days I call my Mom.

The sun is usually setting around this time, and there are often children playing outside. The golden light and the screaming laughter of children all help me to remove the stress of the office before I go up to our second floor apartment to eat dinner with Dave. 

I enjoy and look forward to these few moments to myself so much. 

What part of your day is your favorite? Do you have any favorite minutes?

Linking up with Treasure Tromp and The Grits Blog.

13 comments:

  1. I love this! I want to write something like this now. I also love that period of time when I get home, before i go inside. I usually play a game or two of candy crush (since I try not to do that when I'm at home being present with my boyfriend) and catch up on podcasts.

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  2. Gorgeous! I do something similar because I don't get a lot of alone time, either. It's sometimes nice to take the long way home! Nice learning a little more about your day!

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  3. Very cool. What a way to end one part of the day and ready yourself for the next. Get rid of the stress before you go into your abode, keeping it calm. Good for you.

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  4. I always take a moment when I get home to sit in my car and just enjoy the pause between tasks. If I have a good audio book on, I'll stay in my car for an additional 20 minutes just to listen and take a break!

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  5. I've totally done that with the audio books. I'll be listening and get carried away, and then start getting really hungry and realize how long I've been out there. Oops! :)

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  6. The last thing I want to do is bring the stress of the office into our home, so those minutes are the best.

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  7. Sometimes my drive home will include a stop for a fountain pop, or a coffee also. It's nice to carve out these moments for ourselves :)

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  8. Exactly! I don't want to unload the stress of work on my fiance, so this is a good way to unwind before coming home. I need to start listening to podcasts!

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  9. I have to be intentional about making time for this, but I really love morning moments before everyone else wakes up...savoring my coffee and looking out our big picture window into the sunshine. It's nice to wake up peacefully before the day really gets going!

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  10. I bet that it is good for both of you. And so nice that you have trained yourself to let it all go outside the home. Great habit to get into.

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  11. My favorite part of the day is definitely right after I've gotten home from work, put on some comfortable clothes, and sat down to relax. Sometimes I sit down and talk to my roommate and other days I sit in front of the TV... but it's like all the stress of my work day just completely dissipates and I have the next few hours to look forward to just doing nothing.

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  12. I always wish that I was more of a morning person. It sounds like you have such a nice routine!

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  13. I've been doing some more of that lately! Lots of reading and sometimes with a nice glass of wine :)

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