How Do Pregnant Ladies Do This?

I am 34 weeks pregnant today and I am exhausted.

My plans have been to work up until the last possible day so I can maximize my time with my new bundle of joy. But I AM SO EXHAUSTED! Like getting through the day everyday is so much that I can barely do anything at home. Cook/clean/etc. Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone else feels the same or if anyone has any tricks of the trade to make the next 6 weeks go by in the most productive way possible.

So in case you’re wondering where my posts have gone and fell off the Earth, I blame pregnancy. I started about 5 posts and was never able to finish them. I will be trying to post more regularly in the future. Let’s hope I can get some energy back.

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“You only have one face” & an ode to pregnancy

As I am sure is the case with most of you, sometimes, a statement is made in front of you that resonates. You may not agree with it, you may not act on it but for some reason, you can’t forget it. A while ago, a co-worker made a comment to me about her very serious (and very expensive) skin care routine. In the defense of the expense, she added “you only have one face”. This is true, we have one face and one chance to keep it looking good because at some point age will set in and change things.

At first, I didn’t really think much of the idea of spending a lot of money on taking care of my skin. I love the sun, I love to tan and in general, my skin is pretty sensitive about products I use on it. Therefore, I have spent most of my days refraining from using drug store skin products and wearing little to no makeup unless I had a special event to attend. Sure, I like to wear makeup occasionally but I could never and have never gotten into the habit of wearing make up regularly. I happen to think this is for the better, but I am sure there are others who don’t agree.

About half way through my pregnancy, I was struck with the idea that I need to start taking better care of myself. (Aside from the beginning of remembering to take my vitamins and trying to eat enough vegetables) I realized I needed to start taking care of my skin. The only product I had been using on my body up until this point was Palmer’s Tummy Butter, thanks to the good advice of another friend. Did it stop me from getting stretch marks? Unfortunately, it did not but I definitely feel my skin is in a better place than it would be without my daily tummy lathering.

Moving on, I read an article where Jennifer Aniston mentioned her use of Aveeno as an every day moisture (with 15 spf) and that she had been using it for years. This could be a total crock of crap (as no one knows what her real daily routine is and if she felt like spending money to buy La Mer or some other expensive product, we all know she could) but her argument was enough to get me to spend $15 on this day time face cream.  Long story short, I started using Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 on my face every day. The way my face started to feel and look encouraged me to add to my routine a night time cream and this time I looked no further than Aveeno: Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream.

So Ladies, this accounts for my current skin routine (keep in mind that I am 24 and have combination skin, so this may not work for you) . I have been able to keep this routine for about the last month and I know I will have to add some additional sunscreen with the weather warming up in NY.

This routine has been working for me and I recommend doing something to take care of your skin. If not for you for your loved ones. Skin cancer is no joke and who wants wrinkles anyway?

What routines do you use? Do you have any recommendations for facial sunscreen? Did pregnancy help you come up with a different routine?

minimalism

Over the past few months, I have been evaluating a lot of decisions I would normally make without thinking about it. This can range anywhere from how much should I be saving? to do I really need an owl hand towel from Target? Decision making is something that we are forced to do on a daily basis and there a multitude of ways to make decision making easier.

One thing that has really struck me – is something that apparently Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, etc. all have in common. They either have a standard outfit for how they dress every day – i.e. black turtleneck and jeans or a formula of what to wear such as a navy or gray suit. Because I am pregnant and the clothes I wear are mostly temporary, I have yet to venture into this endeavor but I plan on doing so. This obsession with creating a highly functional and minimalist wardrobe has brought me to explore minimalism. What is minimalism you ask?

According to merriam-webster, minimalism is a style or technique that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity. But I like the elevator pitch from the Minimalists:

Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.

There are many flavors of minimalism: a 20-year-old single guy’s minimalist lifestyle looks different from a 45-year-old mother’s minimalist life. Even though everyone embraces minimalism differently, each path leads to the same place: a life with more time, more money, and more freedom to live a more meaningful life.

I unintentionally started this process as a part of moving. While packing, I was able to set aside two bags of clothing to donate as I knew I had not worn them anytime recently and wouldn’t wear them in the future. Now that I am starting to go through the boxes in our new apartment I am really evaluating what I need because I am 7 months pregnant and 90% of my regular clothing is now rendered useless. I put all items that I know I can’t wear going forward (for at least the next 4 months) in a storage container. If I start needing them in the next 4 months I will pull them out but if I have no interest in them/they are uncomfortable, I will be throwing them out.

After reading about the Minimalists, I have decided that I want to take my own journey towards removing clutter and adding value to my life and my home. I am not sure that I will do everything the way they did it – but I do start out on a much different path than they did. So in the upcoming posts, you will start to hear about my journey towards leading a more fulfilling life, which I can thank pregnancy for 🙂 

Any suggestions, comments, questions, please feel free to leave below.

so tired

I’m pretty sure I am barely here right now. Here, as in on this Earth. Pregnancy is exhausting and I guess working 14 hour days is not recommended. I have been participating in a conference for the past few days on best practices for non-profits in a similar position to the one I currently work for. It has been really affirming and made me appreciate what I do.

It also made me realize how we should get rid of those who are not in it to win it. We have several employees who are here to be here for a job but are not here to make a difference and it truly is upsetting. Any tactics for inspiring people to work or inspiring them to move on? Advice is appreciated.