July 12, 2022


I get the privilege now to do something called -- working remotely. All my friends and family have been asking me how I've been as I transition into a very different position and all I can revel in is how amazing it is to go to the bathroom on my own time (as in, when I want to!). I've never ever had a job where I could do that before, let alone work from home while listening to Spotify playlists (and not KidzBop). 

It's been a strange transition but a welcome one at that. I get to work from home, deciding my own working hours. I get to take an actual lunch break--one without having to answer emails or grade as I try to inhale all my food, all in fifteen minutes.

I go between thinking this is a dream and wondering when it'll all be over to feeling an intense feeling of gratitude that this is my job now. To say it's been a shock would be an understatement. But I think I'm finally coming to terms that this is what a healthy work-life balance should look like for everyone and that this should be the minimum standard for everyone as well. I realize how much I need to unlearn from my old work (read: hustle) habits, particularly the value in slowing down and digesting the content I'm reading/learning and not just inhaling it all and moving onto the next item on the to-do list. 

I'm not great at working at this slower pace, but it's been a reminder that I can learn, heal, and grown all at the same time and that it's healthy and okay to take a breath every now and then. 

Here are some of my favorite work-from-home/home office products I've used thus far (some were purchased before this job and/or were used in my classroom, too!). 

If you work from home, what would you add to the list?

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