Sunday Chronicles: Back on The Grind

Investment Piece: Back on the Grind

Confession: I don’t have kids, and no one in my inner circle works for a school (at any level). Though I did used to own a tutoring company, and my mom was a college professor/dean for a lot of my life. But now, I’m not tied to the school year schedule.

And yet, I can’t help but fell like my life is still ruled by it. And now that school has started, no matter where you live, it’s plain to see that we’re back on the grind.

Maybe it’s that there is such a delineation between summer and fall that happens around the school year. We go from a more lax schedule to a more rigorous one. Maybe we’re all just conditioned to be more disciplined once the bell rings, maybe it’s just an easy way to say “now I’m going to really focus”.

I only know that, even though I have no reason to be tied to the school system, I’m back on the grind. Did I work hard during the summer? Did I intentionally try to move towards what I want? Yes to both. But is there a renewed sense of purpose and movement now? Very much so, yes.

It’s almost a little bit like January, when we all instinctively tighten up after months of holidays. With the school year, fall, and more things starting, I’m back on the grind. What does that mean for me? I’m focusing on my work goals and being intentional about them. Each day I’m trying to have at least an hour that’s super intentional. (I also have an hour that’s given to my exercise, my soul, and an hour to just feeling good–whatever that means. Me? I’m also focused on my diet and my budget, neither super fun but I’m trying and in that, there’s some fun.)

Even if we aren’t in school, there are changes that come at this time of year. The traffic patterns (yep, tied to school). The length of the days. It gets cooler. We naturally turn from the fun of summer to the structure of fall. And maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe it’s nature’s way of making sure that we stay balanced.

I would love to know: what grind are you back to? As the season turns where are you turning your attention? As I focus on work, diet, and exercise, what advice or tips do you have for me?

As always, I wish as a week of productivity and amazing shoes! XO RA

Sunday Chronicles: Back on the Grind

Investment Piece: Sunday Chronicles: Back on the Grind

It feels so long since we’ve been in this space together. I’ve missed you!

Real talk? It felt like such a long summer, and yet somehow, I’m still feeling behind. Is that internal pressure? Is it the truth? Is there a difference?

Even though we’re “adults”, I still love this time of year, the back to school grind. Summer is amazing, and one of my favorite seasons. However, getting back to a “routine”, settling into a schedule, brings me comfort. I think it’s a great chance to really sit back and reassess goals, time management, and make adjustments where needed.

Or at least that’s what I’m attempting to do in this season of “back on the grind”. I’m attempting to look at how I’m spending my time, where I can most effectively work, where I can cut back. It’s so comforting to feel like I’m getting back not only to a groove, but working on a schedule that works for me. They say that kids love routine, and as much as I love spontaneous things and surprises, I think I might love routine, too. So, I’m working on balancing that. Is this being on the grind? It feels like it.

(Is it normal that figuring out how to work is part of the work?)

Here at Investment Piece, we’re looking at goals, what works best, where we should be spending our time, how to give you our best, what best content you want to see. This summer we went to a restricted schedule, and I love you staying with us! It seems that you really liked us publishing on M/W/F. Did you? Do you want to stick with it? We’re on the grind and have so much to bring you, but want to find a schedule that works best for you! Because, loves, we’re in this grind together.

So! For this month we’re going to stick with a M/W/F schedule, where we will be giving you a mix of outfit posts, where to shop, our closet series, trends to try, and all of the content you know and love. On Sunday’s we’re bring back Sunday Chronicles–we’ve missed you and we hope you’ve missed us (and ex-files). We’ll see how this grind goes. Love it? Hate it? Have ideas? Let us know! or in the comments!

In the meantime: wishing us all a week full of getting on the grind and amazing shoes!