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by Courtney on October 4, 2011

Growing up, my dad used to come in to my room every morning before he left for work, told me he loved me, and reminded me that, “Today is the first day of the rest of my life.” It took me years to catch on, but one day it was like the light bulb finally went off…duh, Courtney!

Well, today is not only the first day of the rest of my life…today is another first.

So I briefly mentioned on Friday evening that I had some exciting new news.

I know. I can be such a tease, can’t I?

Well, as it turns out, I’ve got some more changes heading my way…

As easy as the substitute teaching was for work, it unfortunately, is just not all that reliable. If you’ve ever been a substitute teacher, then you know that some weeks you might get called in everyday and other weeks you might not get called in at all.

So in the midst of trying to figure out what I should do next, I ended up being presented with an opportunity for a new part-time job! I’ll be working about 30ish hours a week and I’m going to be working with a really great group of girls, many of whom I already know. Luckily, the job should also allow me some time to get my studying done as well, so really, it should be a win-win situation!

My next step from here is working on figuring out a weekly schedule that will balance everything…work, studying, blogging (I’m not going anywhere!), exercise, freelance writing, house work, social life, and of course, family life. I certainly can’t forget about these two!

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I know I will make it work…heck, I used to teach full time while doing this! It will just take some trial and error. For right now, I don’t plan on getting into too many specifics of where I’m working, but my hours will be slightly different from what I’ve been used to- working days on Tuesday-Friday, with a couple of long days and a couple of short days. My long days are what will take the most planning on all ends (working shifts of 10am – 8 or 9pm) but I’m sure I’ll figure out a plan within a couple of weeks.

Sooooo, that being said…please forgive me if I end up being super spacy or spazzy in any of my posts in the next few weeks. Confused smile

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Okay, well, I guess I’m always a little bit of a spaz, so you know what I mean.

That being said, I am really excited about this latest change. Even though I’m going to be a busy bee, I think it’s going to be for the better, especially since I tend to be more productive when I’m busy anyways.

Alrighty my friends, it’s about time for me to finish up a few things and hit the road for day numero uno at the new job. Wish me luck!

Question for the Morning:

What are some of your best tips and/or pieces of advice for balancing it all?

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1 Sweet and Savvy October 4, 2011 at 8:43 am

Good luck!:) I’m sure you’ll have it all!
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2 Cait October 4, 2011 at 8:44 am

how wonderful girl :) new change is always a good thing! ive been trying to find a good balance as well with grad school, working full time, planning a wedding and somewhat of a social life. One thing I did was combine a few things like working out with a friend every other day to make sure I’m feeling great and catching up with friends :) xo

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3 Mallory @ It's Only Life October 4, 2011 at 8:46 am

congrats on the part-time job! that’s great!
i just started a new full-time job a monthish or so ago, and i have found that planning ahead really helps with balancing. it sounds obvious, but i was never much of a planner before and always did things as i felt at the time. now i plan meals, when i workout, etc, days beforehand & it really helps!
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4 Khushboo October 4, 2011 at 8:47 am

CONGRATS on your new part-time job- you sound really positive about it which is great! My biggest advice is to prioritise and don’t sweat the small stuff. Yeah ok maybe laundry won’t happen as often or something else won’t go according to plan but that’s ok!! Also as I know you’re also an avid exercise, stick to morning workouts- no matter what curve balls you may unexpectedly face during the day, at least you’ve done one thing for yourself already!
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5 Courtney October 4, 2011 at 9:34 am

Hahaha…the laundry doesn’t get done nearly enough as it is. ;)

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6 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries October 4, 2011 at 8:47 am

From balancing grad school, work, my new marriage, a social life, blogging/freelance work, training for a half marathon and trying to find time for “self care” my biggest piece of advice would be: Don’t think about all the stuff you’re balancing. Just DO it :) It all works out! Good luck today!!

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7 Kristin Mac October 4, 2011 at 8:49 am

Good luck! You’ll do great! :)

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8 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 4, 2011 at 8:49 am

Congrats on the new job and good luck with your first day! It sounds like the perfect part time job situation! My advice in balancing it all is to make sure you get adequate rest – early to bed and early to rise is my motto. ;)
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9 Emma October 4, 2011 at 8:49 am

Congrraaaatulations! 30 hours a week sounds so perfect :) Plus, working with people you already know an like is such a treat!
I hope it is all smooth sailing for ya!
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10 Amanda October 4, 2011 at 8:50 am

Congratulations!! That’s awesome… I’m sure you’ll balance everything in your life perfectly!

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11 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers October 4, 2011 at 8:53 am

very exciting news!!!
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12 Krissie J October 4, 2011 at 8:55 am

I’m still trying to figure out the whole “work-life” balance thingy, Some days I have it down perfect, and other days are a total mess (like being stuck in the lab til 7pm last night). But, I think I’ll get the hang of it soon? Good luck with your first day at the new job!
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13 Rachel October 4, 2011 at 9:00 am

Congrats!! What kind of work will you be doing? I guess what I’m wondering is if it’s something related to your new career goals, like being a fitness instructor.

I work full-time for the federal government, have a 50-ish minute commute to work each way, and am a MPA graduate student (at night). I’m not sure I could do it all without my husband, honestly. Together, we plan meals, then I do the grocery shopping, and we batch cook on the weekends so that we don’t have to stress about having healthy home-cooked meals that are fast and easy – essential since we take our lunches every day, and I also take my dinner twice a week on class nights. Planning this is a huuuuge weight off my shoulders! I am also best friends with my planner so that I don’t miss any important appointments or deadlines. I occasionally take off a little time from work to go to the library and research or write – if I didn’t I would have even less time with my husband (and it’s limited as it is). Quality couple time is so important to me and sadly it’s often what suffers the most when I’m really bogged down with school (like I am right now with midterms, ugh).

Good luck, Courtney!! I’m sure you’ll be able to handle it. 30 hrs work + the type of certification program you’re doing is actually a really good balance of time between the two things. Just stay organized, plan ahead, and don’t forget to make time for yourself and the ones you love. :)

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14 Rachel October 4, 2011 at 9:00 am

Eeeek I wrote a book, sorry!

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15 Courtney October 4, 2011 at 9:34 am

That’s ok!! I appreciate you taking the time :-D

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16 AnnetteCook October 4, 2011 at 9:00 am

What great news, congratulations. Hope you have a wonderful first day :) x

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17 Aine @ Something to Chew Over October 4, 2011 at 9:03 am

Best of luck with all! I know you’ll make it work :)

Just keep on top of your sleep – that’s the most important thing!
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18 Amy October 4, 2011 at 9:03 am

Congrats on the new job Courtney!!! I have no doubt you will find the balance :) Good luck today and can’t wait to hear more!!

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19 Marie October 4, 2011 at 9:04 am

Yay! Congrats and good luck! Have fun today! ;)

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20 Lindsey October 4, 2011 at 9:06 am

Congrats!
My tip is meal planning! I save so much time doing it! It also saves money and wastes less food. I also love lists, and make sure to prioritize my tasks :) You will do great!
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21 Hope October 4, 2011 at 9:08 am

Good luck with your new part-time job today! I’m sure you will do great! :)
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22 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy October 4, 2011 at 9:10 am

Good luck! I’m three months into my first full-time job and still learning how to balance everything! You’ll figure it out though :).
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23 nicole @ simply Nicole October 4, 2011 at 9:15 am

as long as I have a to-do list with all my priorities down… i’m set to go.
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24 Brittany October 4, 2011 at 9:16 am

That is so awesome congratulations! I excited to hear what you will be doing! Planning really helps me when I’m super busy. If I don’t plan my gym time, blogging, homework etc. I get stressed out easier. It just keeps me at ease to have a plan. Best of luck to you!:)
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25 Fit Chick in the City October 4, 2011 at 9:32 am

Aw yay! Congrats on the new gig. It sounds like you’re really excited about and that’s the best part.

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26 Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life October 4, 2011 at 9:32 am

Congrats on the new job! First days can be nerve wracking, but you’ll fall into a new schedule soon. Good luck! Can’t wait to hear all about it.
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27 Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy Living Girl" October 4, 2011 at 9:33 am

Congrats on the new job! Wish I had the answer to balancing it all…but I’m still working on it myself. Regardless, I know you’ll make it work!
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28 Jill October 4, 2011 at 9:45 am

Congrats! I agree that I’m more productive when I’m busy. I think the main thing to remember is that you don’t have to be perfect. If you drop a ball every once in a while, it’s okay. Do your best and the things that matter will get done.
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29 Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthy October 4, 2011 at 9:47 am

Sounds like some exciting changes in your life! Good luck, you can do it!
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30 Andrea @ Andrea out loud! October 4, 2011 at 9:52 am

How exciting!! Good luck and I hope you enjoy it!
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31 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss October 4, 2011 at 9:58 am

Get lots and lots of sleep. That way, when things get stressful, you’ve got a built up immune system and your wits about you.

Maybe it’s just me, but if I’m low on sleep on top of my hectic schedule, I tend to want to sit in the corner and cry. ;)
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32 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles October 4, 2011 at 9:58 am

That is exciting! You can do it all! :) ….What works for me is assessing what is the most important to me and what I feel obligated to do. If it’s just because I feel pressure from some outside source that isn’t that close to me, I cut it out.
Good Luck today!
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33 Danica @ It's Progression Not Perfection October 4, 2011 at 10:01 am

Congrats on the new job! Finding that balance can really be difficult, but like you said, trial and error is what it takes. Just remember not to feel guilty about missing certain things during that trial and error period. Do your best and it’ll call come together soon!
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34 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health October 4, 2011 at 10:01 am

AHHHH GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so happy for you :D. You are going to do fabulous! I’m in grad school which is sometimes like having a full-time job and for me the main thing I do when trying to balance everything is to prioritize. Also, when it came to blogging, I realized that I would be better off not posting everyday so that I don’t feel like it becomes a chore (wouldn’t want that!). Not that you need to do that…but maybe post twice a day instead of 3 times if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed!
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35 Nicole October 4, 2011 at 10:05 am

Congrats on the new job!

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36 Taylor @ Crumbs Don't Count October 4, 2011 at 10:15 am

Congrats! That is an exciting “first day”! I am sure the girls will love you and after a couple weeks of getting into your new groove, all the kinks will work themselves out!
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37 Shanna, Like Banana October 4, 2011 at 10:40 am

But now I really know want to know *where* you are working ;)

Balancing it all can be tough…I’m currently in overload, but I believe in to-do lists, daily planners, and always *always* inserting me time.

Good luck!
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38 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake October 4, 2011 at 10:52 am

Congrats! How exciting!

I definitely hear you on the being busy thing! I feel like my weeks are a total whirlwind & I’m just holding on trying to get through! I usually try to “take a breath” on the weekends, & as a teacher, I just keep thinking “summer will come again!” :-)
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39 Ari @ Ari's Menu October 4, 2011 at 11:14 am

Good luck!! One thing I do sometimes to keep my meals super easy when working a lot is I’ll make an travel friendly meal (like chicken salad, or pasta salad–usually some kind of big protein packed salad) on Sunday that I can pack for the entire week. Of course that doesn’t work if you get sick of things, but usually if it’s really delicious, I don’t mind it 3-4 days in a row :)
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40 Kim @ The Family Practice October 4, 2011 at 11:26 am

Hey congrats! You can totally make it work – that’s my new schedule Tues-Fri (plus I’ve got two kids thrown into the mix). When you’re doing stuff you love it seems like all the pieces just fall into place – the stuff you don’t love will work its way out. Being busy is a great way to find out what really matters to ya :)
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41 Ruthie Hart October 4, 2011 at 11:27 am

Congratulations Courtney!! I am sure you will find time to balance it all…you are always so organized and put together!
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42 Steph @ StephSnacks October 4, 2011 at 11:33 am

Congrats! A part time job sounds like the perfect balance between makin’ a little more money and studying… it’ll take a couple weeks to figure out the balance, but you’ll get there :)
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43 Katy @ HaveYouHurd October 4, 2011 at 11:37 am

Prioritize and write it down! A lot of the time the little things slip through the cracks…usually if you write it down it helps you remind you! Also, don’t forget to plan your free time. I know that sounds weird to “plan” free time, but sometimes when you’re so busy you have to!
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44 Shayla @ The Good Life October 4, 2011 at 11:57 am

Good luck girl and I’m very excited and happy for you! But now you’ve peaked my interest as to what you’re doing and where you’re working?! ;)

My tip for balancing it all is for one, I’m lucky (in a way) that the hubby has to be up at 4:30-5am every morning which makes me get up and do loads of laundry, exercise, dishes, grocery store (7am is an awesome time to go btw!), blogging, etc. It’s awesome to get so much done before the sun is up and it’s a great feeling to feel accomplished before you’ve even gotten to work!

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45 Becky @ Fit Chick on the Fly October 4, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Focus on one thing at a time, and don’t over do it! If you can’t fit something in, don’t stress over it. Try to write out your schedule every week, it’ll keep your mind at ease knowing everything is all sorted out for you already.Congrats, & good luck!!
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46 Holly October 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Congrats Court :D That is very exciting news!!
I KNOW you will have a wonderful day! Sounds like things are really falling into place for you, and I’m so happy for you.
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47 Lauren October 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm

This is so great Courtney! Congratulations girl!!!
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48 Jess@atasteofconfidence October 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Congrats on the job and good luck with everything!
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49 Lexie @ This Aussie Eats October 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Congrats! How exciting! Im sure you’ll have a healthy balance figured out in no time :-)

I also tend to be wayy more productive when im super busy!
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50 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled October 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Good luck on the new gig!

I think perfect balance is hard to attain, so figuring out what is a total “must” and what is just a nice to have, is critical. I know that for me, my family always comes first and working out comes second. I give a lot to my family, but I need time to myself because otherwise I wouldn’t be able to give them what they need. All other things are secondary. I like a clean house, but if I can’t get to it, then it’ll happen tomorrow. If I can’t cook a full meal, we’ll cobble something nutritious together.
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51 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Good luck and have fun!!!! Congrats!
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52 Julie October 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Congrats on the new job! That’s Awesome. :) Currently I’m a full time student, balancing a campus job, an internship and a social life so I know what you mean…life gets so crazy sometimes-but I love it. I’m more productive when I’m busy too. When I get stressed I always tell myself 1.) everything that is meant to happen will happen and 2.) everything will get done in the end…it just might be a bumpy road to get there.

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53 e@thisnotedlife October 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm

congrats on the new opportunity!! I’m actually going through the exact same thing only kind of reversed – my new job is actually giving me more time at home than my current part time job :) GOOD LUCK making a new schedule. What will you be doing?

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54 Megan (Braise The Roof) October 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Congrats on the new gig! I hope you love it and that it completely fulfills you!
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55 Kristen October 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm

good luck at the new job!
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56 Katie @ Plates and Paste October 4, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Good luck! How exciting :)
Piece of advice: remember you can’t do it all in one day, breathe and take one step at a time.
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57 Melissa October 4, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Congrats, doll! It’s often that the busiest times in our lives are the most exciting (and the most stressful!). I’m sure that you’ll find the right balance. For me, it helps to schedule EVERYTHING! For instance, I’ll put a workout on my schedule, dinner with friends, cleaning the house, blog reading/writing, work-related tasks, time with family, etc. It may be a little regimented, but everything gets done! :)

Good luck!
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58 Mac October 4, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I’m sure you already are doing this, but when I was studying for my CSCS I tried to incorporate more biking/elliptical work into my workouts so that I could study at the same time. I would also block off a 1-2 hour block of time IN MY PLANNER (that makes it official right?) just for studying. I struggled to balance my studying, work, workout and bf time as well… a couple things I did to save time for my bf was study while he watched his favorite shows or sporting games, that way while he’s occupied watching tv you don’t have to feel guilty about study. I also made deals with him that I would spend all my time with him during the day if I could just study in the car (when we went on weekend road trips). Good luck finding your balance :)
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59 Samantha October 4, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Oooooooooooooooooooh congratulations! Sounds so exciting!
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