If there’s one thing I’ve learned since entering the full-time-working-professional-life, it’s that you need to find fulfilling things to do outside of work – regardless of what day of the week it is.

Far too often, at the end of a work day I find myself rushing home to sit on my couch and mindlessly watch TV. Granted, there are definitely days where I need some time to rest, relax, and unwind after a day at the office – but at the same time, if you’re wishing your whole week away just to make it to the weekend, you’re wishing away a big chunk of your life. (I could probably present you with some impressive calculation around said chunk of time, but I think that might be super depressing for the both of us.)

Recently, I’ve been trying to be more cognizant of the fact that, yes, the next forty-some years of my life are going to be spent working – but more importantly, if I spend my whole adult life feeling like all I do is sit at a desk all day, I’ll probably become a pretty unhappy and unfulfilled individual.

It’s super important to have a balance when it comes to the work week – to plan out things that you can look forward to on a Tuesday or a Wednesday or a Thursday, so that you’re not left trudging through every day wishing it was Friday already. And with the arrival of warm weather (at LAST!), it definitely makes finding budget-friendly activities a whole lot easier.

So, when Matt texted me yesterday afternoon to see if I wanted to walk to Brooklyn after work – OH THE SPONTANEITY – I was all in. I’d never walked across the Brooklyn Bridge or been to that famous!!!! Dumbo photo spot.

Turns out, Brooklyn Bridge + slow tourists + fast bikers + 80 degree weather isn’t exactly my cup of tea. But it was definitely cool being on the bridge itself and seeing the beautiful view of the downtown skyline. We walked across the bridge to Brooklyn (which is 1.134 miles, by the way – there’s my cardio for the week!), and  then made our way to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Sitting on Pebble Beach with Matt, as the waves gently lapped against the shore and the sun sank behind the skyline, was the happiest, most peaceful moment of my week. I would trade every lazy night on the couch for more moments like that one. Those moments help me to step back and fully appreciate my life in its entirety – who I’ve become, how far I’ve come, and who I am lucky enough to be creating memories with.

Thanks to Matt for another great (unexpected!) adventure.