I feel like surfacing to the water slowly as I am making progress meeting my deadlines this Friday.
I had a full day at work, yet I spent 40 min chatting with my previous team in Manila. I really needed it… to vent out what I am going through while hearing he’s feeling the same adjusting to my replacement. We joked that we are like workplace married couple and this “divorce” is not going through smoothly. While I could have used that 40 min to advance my projects, it was a good investment and selfcare for my mind. I found interesting that I felt more comforted by my work friend than husband. It is because husband wouldn’t understand in detail the issues I am facing, he can only comfort me at high level about the stress of transition, which is super helpful too. Yet, for office things, someone who understands how things work can relate more and I feel more acknowledged. I am grateful to have established such trusted relationships in Manila that I can count on even after I moved on.
I have many things to do at home that I can’t delegate to husband, nor I want to because they are fun:
- buy dining chairs to match our new dining table. I am still debating to match it with all wood chairs, or with some fabric as we got a big teakwood table
- buy office desk and bookshelf for me. I am debating to go with wood, industrial style, or a brighter color that doesn’t look like ikea. What I’d like to create is a calming, clutter free environment. Apparently, it is called Japandi (a mix of japanese and scandinavian style)
- start meal planning or better yet, try new recipes
- scheduling lunch with new colleagues
- buy small home decor. Instead of rushing to buy what we absolutely need, I am taking time to think about what I want to buy, the style, functionality, and durability. The process is quite enjoyable
Friday started early and with a beautiful sunset, pic taken at 5:50am taking Lizzy for morning swim