7 Things.

It’s Tuesday, and for whatever reason, Tuesday always seems to be the toughest day of the work week. Client requests are in full swing, the calendar is booking up, and memories of your weekend seem so far away.

Sometimes a little focus brought to everyday things can help. So here are a few of the things I’m currently coveting – little things that are helping to make my week more exciting and more interesting.

At home.

A Pretty Woven Rug.

While we were on vacation in Boston last week, we made a quick trip over to the quaint city of Cambridge – across the water from downtown Boston (home of Harvard University). We made a pitstop into Cambridge’s Urban Outfitters, where we scored this beautiful, bright rug that fits perfectly with the modern / minimalist / south western decor we love so much.

And of course, Robin loves it too!

Robin&Rug

Homemade Granola bars.

According to Josh, these granola bars are the “best I’ve ever made” – that’s a win! These are so simple and require so few ingredients. They’re quick to make and so delicious! With these types of recipes, it’s easy to swap out ingredients for the things you have on hand. I’ll be experimenting more with this one.

Super Seedy Granola Bars recipe by Minimalist Baker.

At the office.

A standing desk.

Standing desks are all the rage lately. But after giving one a try for the past few months, I have to say, I now know why.

I’ve been using a Varidesk, which allows you to move your work station up and down depending on if you feel like standing or sitting. My new routine is to stand for the morning, and have a seat in the afternoon. I’m really enjoying it – I’m a fidgety person, so standing gives me the opportunity to move around a little bit, which somehow seems to be helping my concentration on work.

I’m also noticing less pain and tension in my hands and wrists, as well as my neck and back. I wouldn’t want to stand all day, everyday – it is a bit tiring when first starting out. But having the option to switch back and forth is awesome and it feels good!

A great read.

I’m finishing up a great read right now called Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind.

It’s an awesome book about the role of positioning in sales and advertising – what it means, how it’s done, why it’s essential, as well as fantastic examples of companies and brands that do it well, and many that do it poorly.

Everywhere else.

Cute slip-on sneakers.

It’s always hard finding footwear that is functional, doesn’t kill your feet, and actually looks nice. This summer, Vans slip-ons are my answer! I’ve had the lace-up versions in the past, and oddly they’re not nearly as comfortable as the slip-ons. They’re cute, casual, and are a great option for trekking through the city.

I even found these perfect no-show socks to go with them!

Vans

MyFitnessPal.

I’ve recently started using MyFitnessPal a bit, and am finding it very interesting so far. Their app is pretty good and is a great tool for keeping on top of diet and nutrition. I’m not typically a calorie counter, but MFP does make it easy to keep general tabs on what I’m consuming and when.

Most interestingly to me are the Nutrition tabs, where after you’ve logged your meals and snacks for the day, you’ll get charts and graphs detailing how much of each important nutrient you’ve consumed. This has lead to a bit of self-discovery, where I’ve noticed things like a relatively persistent deficiency in iron and calcium, as well as an intake of sugar that is too high (I often eat a lot of fruit in the mornings as part of breakfast and snacks; throw a flavoured iced coffee in there and my sugar intake is through the roof. No wonder I suffer the afternoon slump!).

MFP is a great tool for helping me decide where to ‘spend’ my calories according to which vitamins and nutrients I need more of that day.

Read This Thing.

There’s so much to read out there, and lately I’ve found myself in a rut, more or less reading the same types of articles over and over again. That’s where the Read This Thing daily enewsletter comes in.

Every day, RTT delivers to your inbox one fantastic piece of journalism from across the web. Sometimes it’s long-form journalism, other times it’s a short blog post. It might even be a tweetstorm occasionally. Just one interesting thing each day – a great way to learn about new ideas and things going on in the world.

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Questions.

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People are funny. (You can already tell this post will be a bit of a rant) ;)

We have these supposedly linear progressions that are more or less expected of each and every one of us, and that’s cool, because they often make a lot of sense (go to school, find something that interests you, get a job, take on responsibility, and so on).

But not everyone wants the same things, and not everyone wants those same things at the same times (if they want them at all).

Lately there have been so many questions. My partner and I are coming up on the six year mark in our relationship – not married, and we don’t have kids – and so apparently, this sounds some kind of urgent alarm for people.

Uh oh! You’re doing it all wrong!

Except… not really.

Hilariously, some friends and family have actually given up on the idea of marriage for Josh and I, and have slowed down on asking, “When will you get married?”, and started asking, “When will you have kids?” – as if we’re somehow incomplete without either or both of these things.

(I’m 25 and have apparently bypassed marriage street, running full steam ahead to baby town!)

It’s the oddest thing. I honestly can’t relate to people’s obsession with these things. Both are very personal decisions and *should* be based on the people in the relationship – and no one else.

Why do people care so much if we’re married, or if we have 0 kids, or 6 kids?

One family member in particular is obsessed with (perhaps unknowingly) trying to make me feel bad about the fact that I don’t have either things in my life – at times ‘greeting’ me by saying things like, “Are you guys engaged yet?” instead of saying ‘hello’ like a normal person.

(This is coming from the same person who once tried to give me ‘tips’ on how to convince Josh to marry me. I’m sorry…. whaaaa????)

Pro-tip, guys: getting married isn’t hard to do! If I wanted to be married already, I would be!

People are unable (read: unwilling) to accept the fact that a woman in her mid 20s is actually – believe it or not – happy with how things are. I’m not pining over marriage, or the idea of having babies. Both are great things that people do, but neither have been right for me yet.

The things I’ve really cared about, and really focused on, have been building the relationship I have, and working every day to make it the best it can be. To work hard, save money, and buy a piece of property to call my own in the city that I love.

I’m rational and practical and some people may find that boring, but putting $20k of hard-earned cash toward getting into my first house seemed – to me – far more important than spending it on a buffet and a DJ. That’s a personal choice – it’s what I wanted and was right for me.

But I’m not against getting married or having children – in fact, I probably will get married, and I may decide to have a child one day. It just irks me that instead of celebrating the successes and the things I’m proud of, people want to point out the things I don’t have or haven’t done. My issue isn’t with marriage or children at all, it’s with the sense of entitlement people feel to judge these incredibly personal aspects of one another’s lives.

So worry not, friends & family – I’m not hiding some sort of massive secret. If / when we decide to get married, and if / when we decide to have a child, you’ll be the first to know! ;)