Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Just Say Yes.

Working Monday through Friday, it's really easy to get caught up in the idea that I have "too much to do" to have fun during the work week. Getting off work around 5:30-sometimes 6ish doesn't leave a lot of time at night to check errands and chores off of my to-do list. Even writing up a blog post can feel daunting if I only have a few hours to walk the dog, cook dinner, and squeeze a work out in. Factor in showering, making lunch for the next day and you know, actually relaxing, there isn't a whole lot of time for much else, unless I want to compromise my sleep. And compromising my sleep is not an option.

This kind of lifestyle can get really frustrating, and to be honest, boring. Having a routine keeps me motivated and gets me into my groove throughout the week, but if I'm being honest, my "routine" isn't even remotely as productive as I make it sound. Most nights I come home, lounge about doing absolutely nothing for 20 minutes before taking Einstein for a walk or run and lazily making dinner, followed by sitting on the couch catching up on my television shows, scrolling through Pinterest, and thinking about how I really should be reading my book. Every. Single. Night. LAME.

So believe it or not, when a couple of my friends randomly asked me to go out to dinner last night, I was hesitant. 

"I could really use the time to write up a few blog posts."

"I should really spend time with Einstein."

"I've been meaning to clean out my closet."

I spent a good chunk of the day thinking up excuses before realizing, in a nutshell, that I was wasting away my life. Okay, not really, but seriously - passing up margaritas and girl time with my friends because I've been meaning to clean out my closet? I've been meaning to do that for weeks...what exactly was it about this particular Tuesday that was going to be any different? You guessed it - not a damn thing. So I went, and I had a great time, and I was even able to take Einstein for a 30 minute run beforehand, knocking out quality time with him and a work out in one fell swoop. 

A million paragraphs of rambling later, I guess I'm just trying to say that a routine does not make an exciting life. I understand sometimes we have to say "no" to group outings or dinners for other responsibilities, or lack of money, or whatever. But if you can say yes, why don't you? Life is too short to say no. Unless, of course, you have no desire to do something...then definitely say no. Because in the words of Hannah from Girls, "I find it really liberating to say no to shit I hate." 


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