Alright, let’s ignore the fact that I haven’t been around in a while, shall we? I mean… why dwell on the past?
Whew, now that that’s out of the way, how are things?
This might be old news to you guys, but guess what? Summer is over. Winter has arrived. UGH… devastating!!! I mean seriously, where was fall? I was just getting to that point where I was excited to be wearing boots and sweaters and then BAM… snow storm! Wtf? I suppose that’s what you get for living in Alberta. Carson and I have a dream of moving to San Diego at some point and that dream seems to get stronger and stronger each day, let me tell you.
So now that we’re officially in the deep freeze, I’ve been spending a lot of time doing the obvious… reminiscing about the summer that just passed and dreaming about the next one.
This summer was one for the books, guys. It was crazy busy and didn’t last nearly long enough, but was packed with so many amazing memories. First of all, it was our last summer in Calgary before making some massive life changes, so we made sure to cram as many activities in as we could! There were weddings, weekends away, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, going-away parties, stampede parties… just all the parties. It was so great.
There was also packing, condo showings, moving stress, countless moments of panic and uncertainty, and more tears than I’d like to admit. Changing your whole life in one summer is not something I would necessarily recommend, although in the long run, I think (and hope) that I will change my mind on that statement.
Of course I’ll get into more details about my new life-as-I-know-it in future posts, but for today, let’s just keep it simple and switch gears to chat about a new theory that I have been thinking about.
I have slowly figured out that when you’re used to having the same schedule for years and years, and then totally switch it up, it takes a while to get back into what feels like a normal routine. Finding what fits and what doesn’t in my new day-to-day life has been an interesting practice for me since our move, and I think that some “life restructuring” could be beneficial even without the full schedule overhaul!
Most of us unfortunately can’t control our work hours, or our responsibilities outside of work… but we do have control over more than we think. Why not switch around some of those things, and see if it makes you learn something about yourself, or even makes you rethink the activities that you’ve gotten so used to doing?
It can be a chance to find a new workout class that you love; or to figure out when you are naturally more focused or creative to tackle a new task; or to find time for a daily self-care practice that will make you happier and better equipped to handle the rest of your day (and life). It can be a great way for the mundane parts in our lives to feel new again.
Personally, I now have extra time in the morning and have been able to incorporate some time to sit with Carson (or simply by myself some days) and slowly enjoy coffee and breakfast. Having just an extra hour before work or school has made this possible, and it makes such a huge difference in my day.
On the other hand, I have also struggled to find time for other things that I’m used to doing (like reading my favourite blogs on a daily basis, or attending a couple of yoga classes a week…), but as time goes on, I’m finding ways to fit more and more into my day. Soon, it will feel like it’s always been this way!
I challenge you all to give a little “life restructuring” a shot. You don’t have to quit your job and move to the country or anything, but life is all about challenging ourselves from time to time, isn’t it? And winter is the perfect time to shake things up!
Anyways, that’s enough rambling on from me today. I’m excited that I was finally able to fit some writing into my new routine, and as much as I can’t promise daily (or even weekly) posts these days, I can promise that I’ll be around as much as I can. And in the meantime, let me know if you end up humoring my crazy restructuring ideas and if it makes a difference in your day! 🙂