(Note: This is a sponsored post for SheKnows Experts Among Us, but the me time is all my own.)
You'd think because I'm single, and I don't have any kids, or a yard to rake, and just the one job, that I'd have sweet, sweet me time coming out my ears.
But I don't.
What I might REALLY need is a lesson in time management, but that's not the point of this post. Between work, and travel, and life, and my mildly unhealthy obsession with TV, there simply aren't enough hours in my day.
I suppose sleeping is the ultimate me time, but I prefer to be conscious when I'm relaxing.
It's going to be a while before I can get lost again in a new Ikea catalogue, so here are 5 more ways I'd like to escape from the everyday:
Anywhere Me Time: Writing
You might recall, I started this blog in 2008 as a way to get back into writing novels (ok, manuscripts that wish to grow into published novels one day). But I actually wound up loving blogging for blogging's sake. A novel is a commitment. A blog post is a fling. That's more my speed these days.
At Home Me Time: Painting My Nails
I should seriously have my head examined for the amount I spend on nail polish. You might think I was a 13 year old girl, but then you'd quickly realize a 13 year old girl could never earn enough in babysitting money to afford a collection like mine. It's impossible for me to leave CVS without a new shade (Sally Hansen is my BFF) and don't even get me started about my bi-weekly trips to Sephora (I'm currently cheating on Butter London with Marc Jacobs, shhhhh). I find professional manicures thoroughly uncomfortable, but painting my own fingers and piggies is delightful.
In the Air Me Time: Reading a Magazine
You know what I love about JetBlue, besides the legroom, and the snacks, and the TV? I love the fact that you can't get wifi. You know what that means? Hours of unplugged, uninterrupted time to read my all-time fave, Food Network Magazine, cover to beautiful cover. It's heaven. I usually also pick up US and Life & Style (which I hide inside the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly). While everyone else is busy pretending to turn their electronics off by slipping them into the inexplicably insufficient "airplane mode," I'm lost in a story about the RHONJ because you can't power down a magazine.
Out & About Me Time: Grocery Shopping
I'm an advertiser's dream -- I'm crazy brand loyal and yet can't wait to try all kinds of new products. If a commercial told me toothpaste was a vegetable, I'd probably believe it. I prefer to go to the grocery store alone so I can take my time and leave no section unexplored. It's not as fun here in the city (with the exception of Fairway). I take my REAL grocery me time in the 'burbs, where the aisles are wide and the prices are low. Beer, wine, Ensure? I'll take them all. You never know...
At Work Me Time: An Afternoon Treat
I'm not a coffee drinker. Or a smoker (gross). Or a person with Restless Leg Syndrome who needs to get up every 10 minutes. So I don't often have an excuse to leave my desk during the day, unless I'm headed to a meeting. But I actually don't need to get up to get away. There's a tiny chocolate escape that lives in my desk drawer and calls my name around 4pm. Can you hear it too? Right now, I'm pretty partial to Lindt LINDOR Caramel Milk Chocolate Truffles. They're a smooth and creamy trip for my taste buds. In fact, I just might have to eat one now. Ok, two. Alriiight...maybe three.
So, how do YOU find me time? List your favorite ways below, and then go do them!
Unless reading my blog is part of your me time ritual, in which case, please read on. Who am I to stand between you and sheer literary pleasure?
tags: beauty, food, shopping, travel, writing