The First Day of the Rest of My Life

Dramatic title? Maybe. But, hey, being laid off is a little dramatic, too.

It really hit me this morning that I didn’t have to be in the office. But when I woke up at 7, I started working immediately. Thanks again for everyone who e-mailed me with job and project leads. I should also mention that I’m going to be doing some social media consulting, so also feel free to e-mail me at if your company (or blog) needs some social media help.

So after writing yesterday’s post, I went out for a run. I don’t know if it was the emotion or the heat (or both), but it was a difficult run. I ran three miles and stopped to sit down at each mile.

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It was MUGGY, and I was a sweaty beast when I got home, but that felt sort of amazing and so needed.


I made my run end at the special Chipotle. It’s considered a test kitchen for Chipotle, and they do stuff like brown rice (which I have asked about at other Chipotles, and they’ve said that they tried it in other locations and it didn’t sell well), use local ingredients and prepare everything on-site. I’d been curious about it for awhile, and decided yesterday was as good a time as any to try it. It did not disappoint. I got a burrito bowl with brown rice, mild salsa, lettuce and guac, and I licked that bowl clean. I realized that I’d barely touched my breakfast, since I got the call from HR while I was eating, and then, not surprisingly, I lost my appetite.

Afterwards, I met up with Lacey at Ginger Man for a few much-needed beers.

It’s not even 11am yet, and I’ve already gotten so much done.


Like breakfast.

While I was running yesterday, I started thinking about what else I could do with the blog and how I can use this extra time to change my fitness routine. My Equinox membership was part of a corporate deal, so I’m not sure what my gym sitch is going to be going forward. I do know that I’ll definitely be running and biking a lot and looking for lots of free fitness events around NYC (like the yoga in Bryant Park. That will absolutely be a standing part of my Tuesday morning routine) and writing about them. Is there anything else you’d like to see here? Some posts I have planned coming up:

  • my thoughts on SEO (after the Fitbloggin’ SEO presentation)
  • my thoughts on blogger responsibility and integrity
  • summer running tips/clothes
  • FINALLY doing my FAQ page


15 comments on “The First Day of the Rest of My Life

  1. Ash Bear

    I’m definitely interested in some SEO/ social media help for my blog miss as long as work can take place over beer and good food? 🙂

  2. Ali

    Free workouts = coming to classes at Crunch with Ali, who has many guest passes.

    Your outlook is amazing. I’m so excited for you. Love the positive, upbeat attitude and I can’t wait to see where it takes you. Somewhere badass I’m sure…

  3. Tara Marie

    I went to the Tuesday class yesterday and in general love the free yoga in Byrant Park classes!! They have rapidly become staples for me since I am on a major budget! I love your outlook! I have been out of work for a while and it is the positivity in other people that keeps me motivated!!

  4. Kimra

    Second the person who said more about freelancing (in any field). When I’m home from my current trip, I’m going to be “unemployed”/job-hunting/looking for consulting work for a bit, and I’d love to follow along with someone else doing the same.

    Also — I missed your original post till just now, but it sounds like you’ve got a great outlook. I rode the journalism layoff rollercoaster enough times to know it totally blows, but at least all that awful uncertainty and fear of meetings bearing bad news is behind you now!

  5. Laurie

    How about some posts about losing weight, times it was really tough, how you powered through….clearly, that is where my mind is at.

  6. Haverly

    Sorry to hear about the layoff – but I agree with everyone about your great positive attitude.

    I’m moving back to NYC in 28 days (!) I’d love to hear your thoughts on affordable/healthy happy hour type options that you take advantage of living in the city.

    Also, some kitchen adventures could be fun. Seems like people always turn to cooking at home when trying to save money, scale back etc. 😉

  7. Alison @ The Peacock Diaries

    OK, still catching up here — Chipotle test kitchen?! I never knew!! I must go there (I think I pass that one all the time on the way to Chelsea Market). And what can we do about getting brown rice at other restaurants? I would be the first name on that petition!!!


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