In my semester recap post back in December, I wrote about some changes I planned to make to bring create some space and balance: reducing my hours at my paid job and resuming a regular mindfulness meditation practice.
Mindfulness first! With the exception of three or four days, I have made time for formal practice every day for over a month now! I try for 15 minutes a day, but if five or ten minutes is what I have, I go with it. Gifting myself this time is a struggle some days, but it is SO important! It feels good to be back in the saddle.
As planned, I reduced my [paid] work hours from about 15 hours/week to 8-10 hours/week. Eight hours a week seems rather ideal, and it seems to be helping with the balance I was seeking, even though I have somewhat negated the reduction by adding an [unpaid] internship (≤5 hours/week).
My classes are going well, though none of them was quite what I expected. The Experimental Foods course doesn’t involve all that much time actually cooking. Instead, we have a team project that involves making one modification to one recipe over the course of the semester. Our instructor works at Bissenger’s [Chocolates], so our recipe had to somehow include chocolate. My team is making chocolate waffles.
My Advocacy in Family and Consumer Sciences course has some nice tie-ins with my Business Management course. We’ve picked a broad topic to focus on for advocacy, and mine is diabetes (likely drilling down to the issue of insurance coverage for Medical Nutrition Therapy for people who are pre-diabetic). The management course is all online, with very little interaction, so it’s a bit of a slog, but I’ll get through it!
In terms of workload, Advocacy and Experimental are both starting slow, with the bulk of the work during the middle and last half of the semester, so I may be in the calm before the storm right now.
I suppose I should mindfully enjoy the space/balance I have right now and not worry that times may get a bit hectic. That will happen (or not) regardless (though there is some foundational work I can do now to ease my workload later).
Breathing in . . .