Preparing to Come Home from Traveling

I get so excited when it’s time to travel and I build it up so much for myself that it can be really hard returning to reality. Haven’t we all be there though? As much as I love my travel routines and things that I do to prepare for a trip–I also have a routine for coming home. A day or two before I come home, there are some questions that I begin to ask myself to help prepare for “post trip letdown/depression” and getting back into my normal routine. There are also a few things that I like to do when re-packing and then as soon as I get home.

QUESTIONS I ASK MYSELF BEFORE RETURNING HOME

  1. What have I learned from this trip? I think it’s important to always be evaluating yourself for things that you can learn or that you have learned. I think that trips can also be more meaningful for you personally if you have this mind-set.
  2. What am I dreading the most about going home? Face your fears and stressors head on! Yes–there will be responsibilities waiting for you, yes–there will be laundry, yes– there will be work to return to, and yes to so many other things that you will have to resume. However, I think it’s important to work through these feelings and concerns so that you can prepare strategies for dealing with these issues.
  3. When can I next look forward to time off? Something I have learned about myself, over the years, is that my work and focus tend to be better when I know that I’m working towards something or some time off. I think that it’s healthy to regularly plan time off so that you don’t become overly attached to work and forget to take care of yourself. I have tried to plan time off every few months, or as the opportunity arises, and it’s a great motivator for helping me return to everyday life and stay motivated with my responsibilities.

THINGS I DO BEFORE AND WHEN I GET HOME

  1. Put dirty laundry in a drawstring bag or separate tote bag. I think that this routine helps so much when unpacking because all of my dirty clothes are in one place and I can easily start laundry when I get home.
  2. Put away suitcase as soon as possible. About a week before a trip, I’ll pull out my suitcase so that I have something to look at that lets me know time off is coming. However, I like to put my suitcase away soon after I get home so that I don’t keep looking at it and wishing I was still on vacation. I really like to do this routine, even if this means that I literally dump out my suitcase into a pile and put it away–it helps me so much.

I hope these tips have been helpful for you! Do you have any routines for coming home from traveling?

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January Bless Box Reveal

It’s time for another Bless Box un-boxing! I’ve written several times about how much I love Bless Box and how exciting it is to get a treat in the mail each month. I have loved being able to try out new things and maybe even things I wouldn’t typically buy for myself. Here is what came in the January Bless Box!

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Wen Winter Cranberry Mint Treatment Oil: Retail $36.00

Wen Winter Cranberry Mint Replenishing Treatment Mist: Retail $20.00


These smell so good and are so cooling on the skin. I’ve already been trying these out and have really been enjoying them. The mist even came with a travel-sized bottle and it’s already in my purse for on-the-go. The treatment oil is good for the skin and hair and the mist can be used on the face, hair, and skin.

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Juice Beauty Photo-Pigment Precision Eye Pencil: Retail $20.00


I like that this eye pencil is more of a grey shade and not black. I don’t wear eyeliner very often but when I do, it can sometimes look a little too harsh on me–so I’m looking forward to testing this out. Plus, I’m sure you know by now how much I love grey!

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Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream: Retail $7.00

Amika Triple Rx Shampoo: Retail $10.00


I will take all the moisturizer I can get this winter! My hands have been so dry lately and I’ve been trying to apply hand cream as often as I can. As far as the shampoo, I have never used this before because it contains wheat–but I’m sure it’s great because I really like other Amika products.

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Ashley Shelley 2018 Monthly Notebook Planner: Retail $18.00


A cute planner is always a good thing to have on hand for staying organized and on track.

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Ahmad Tea Fruit & Herb Tea Sampler: Retail $4.50

Beanitos Original Black Bean Chips: Retail $2.00


Tea and snacks? Yes please!

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Bless Box Resolution & Affirmation Cards: Retail $7.00


These little cards are perfect for putting on mirrors and bulletin boards for a little pep in your day.

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Planning for the Week Ahead | Including PDF

Last Monday I shared a blog post with tips for staying organized during the work week. One of the tips I shared was to have a day set aside to plan out your week. Something that really helps me, on the days that I plan, is to make lists. I’ll make lists of things to do, errands to run, things I need to get at the store, important events during that week, lists of lists I need to make (haha, just kidding), etc. In this blog post, I’ve created a PDF for you to print and share, if making lists is also helpful for you.

Because life can get busy and hectic, I also think that it’s super easy to overlook the small and/or exciting things about life. On this list worksheet, I also included a space for you to write down things that you will be looking forward to that week. I think having this mindset can also prevent burnout because you’re not just focused on the things that might make you feel overwhelmed or stressed out.

I hope you have a wonderful and productive week and that this tool has been helpful for you!

 

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**Planning My Week PDF**

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Tips to Stay Organized During the Work Week

Today is a new day and the start of a new week! I sometimes dread Monday mornings (but then again don’t we all, haha) because I know that it’ll usually be a busy week and I already look forward to sleeping-in the next weekend. Although, Mondays are also a day for resetting and getting yourself in gear for the week ahead. Today I’m going to share with you some tips that I do, quite a bit, to help myself stay on track and organized during the busy work week.

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1. Have a day set aside to plan the next week

If I don’t have anything that I need to do that morning, Saturday is usually my planning day. I will write down a list of things I need to accomplish that week, write down any important events or meetings, plan blog posts, etc. I like to keep the major events on my iPhone calendar and then write down all the details/lists in my planner. When I am able to do this, it helps me have a much better mindset about juggling everything in the next few days. I also like being able to physically check things off of my lists and it helps me to feel a lot more productive.

2. Put things back where they belong

This might be a “no duh” point but it’s one that I’m tryyyying to be better at doing. Some weeks I’m more on top of just managing all my stuff and then other weeks–everything just gets thrown into piles. Make yourself get into the habit of putting your things back where they go as soon, or soon after, as you get home. Or set a timer for yourself at the end of the day, for maybe 10-15 minutes, and see how much you can get done before the timer goes off. Racing against the clock is a good motivator for me and it also motivates me that I won’t have to clean as much the next day.

3. Have a general idea what you’re going to eat that week

I am not the type of person who can meal plan/prep for the entire next week. Some days I’m at home during the evenings and others are spent doing various things from early in the morning to late at night. I try to have at least 2-3 days worth of groceries for the meals that I need to make at home and for meals that I can have for on-the-go. I may eat out a few times during the week and so it just doesn’t help me, right now, to plan out an entire week worth of meals. If I at least know what I have available at home, it usually helps me a lot and doesn’t leave me scrambling to figure out what I’m going to make.

4. Lay out everything you need for the next day

This tip is so helpful for me because I know where everything is the next morning and I don’t have to spend a lot of time hunting for things. I will lay out my clothes, shoes, coat, purse, computer bag, tote for my lunch, and anything else I need and leave it all in one spot. By laying everything out, it also saves me a lot of time in the mornings because I’m not trying to figure out what I want to wear.

I hope this tips have been helpful to you! Do you have any pre-work week routines that you do to stay organized?

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Packing List for Winter Travels | Including PDF

Happy December! Today I’m on my way to see family in Chicago, for a long weekend, and I can’t wait to get there! Traveling around the holidays is always fun for me because I get to go on an adventure and see people I love. I think that I have stream-lined my packing process, over the years, and there are a few packing lists that I use depending on the time of the year/weather/destination. Today I have a packing list for you to view and use if you are traveling over the holidays or in the winter months to come. Feel free to download this list for your future use–I have the attachment linked below.

This packing list can be modified depending on your mode of transportation–but for the most part, here are the basics that you might need when traveling.

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**Download My Winter Packing List**

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