I have been buying more stuff than usual lately, which has been a weird feeling for me. I read a lot about minimalism and have gone through all of the house and purged lots of stuff. But, that also doesn’t mean that our rooms are empty by any stretch of the imagination! But, it was at a comfortable level, with more stuff leaving than coming in.
But we both needed new fall coats that weren’t falling apart. We purchased more expensive ones than I normally would, but I’m hopeful that means they will last longer? We also both needed some new gloves for the coming winter. We also restocked a bunch of supplies from toilet paper to cleaning stuff to socks without holes in them.
All stuff that we did need, and all replacing stuff that has worn out or we have run out of. It just all happened at once and was a bit of a jolt to my minimizing heart 😉
Well it is that time of the year for me, where all of a sudden there so very much to do and get done. There are a string of family birthdays and anniversary get-togethers, I started a new program at the gym that is more time than I expected (in a good way, but still). I’m just feeling very very overwhelmed.
But, after the next week and a bit life should get back to a more normal rhythm again. Can’t wait! Not that I don’t like all the get-togethers and birthdays, it’s just a lot all at once!
When we are in the worst possible place, whether that be a soul crushing job or a relationship that is ending, there is always something you can learn.
Are you in a job where you are repeatedly saying ‘do you want fries with that’, it seems hard to find a way to learn and grown. But, you can if you try hard enough. You can learn about dealing with difficult customers, that could translate into managing a diverse team ten years from now. You can learn about your own strengths and weaknesses and what you need to improve in yourself to move on to another type of employment.
If you have a relationship ending it is a fabulous time to stop and really think about what you want in a partner, and what you are willing to provide in return. What could you have done differently that could make your next relationship better, do you need to learn how to fight fairly, or be more willing to compromise. There will be many things that you can reflect on and learn and grow and change for your next relationship.
The point is that any situation that you are in is an opportunity to grow and learn and change, if you let it.
What journey are we on right now? Are we on an unhealthy journey, a working too hard journey?
The wonderful, marvellous thing about the journey that is our life is that we can change it at any time. Life also tends to ebb and flow. Some times life is super stressful and busy and full, like with a newborn (so I have heard). And some times it is more chill, like when you finish college/university and have time to think through how you want your life to go. Not that you get a say, but it’s nice to have the time to dream.
The question is right now you could be at a turning point in your life if you want to be. You can change your life starting today/right now. The choice to change your journey is yours!
I was laid up sick for about 5 days. It wasn’t fun, and working your day job from bed is an interesting thing to have to do. Anyways….
The strange part of being sick is your routines are completely thrown off. Today was my first day back on a normal routine. It was a bit strange to make the bed, but it felt like an accomplishment. It was good to shower, put on real clothes (not pyjamas) and get ready for a workday. And, at the end of the day it was strange again to do the normal bedtime routine (right now I am in the habit of writing after getting prepped for bed).
After any time being out of the habits and routines of daily life it feels so good to be back in the swing of things. But, it also gives you the opportunity to question all of those routines and habits. Are they all necessary? Can they be done differently or in a different order to make your day go smoother?
Every day I have been writing in this space for fourteen days. That is not a long time at all. A habit supposedly takes 40 days or so (according to them!). So it is definitely not a habit yet.
But, if I can continue to write every day for the next year, that will be a whole lot of writing. Perhaps eventually I will find my writing ‘voice’. I currently think a writing voice is just some magical thing that real writers say you need to find. I really don’t know. It sounds very strange to need to find a voice=sound to write=no sound. Hmmmm English is very weird sometimes!
Regardless, what I do know is that if I write every day for the next year, I can only improve or at the very least process a bunch of thoughts together and gain some perspective?
I don’t know what will happen if I write every day for a year but I do know that I won’t be the same person that I am today.
We all change and grow, how do you want to grow?
I read an interesting quote that Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban named their first daughter Sunday because that is the one day ‘off’ entertainers get and they were both lonely on those days pre-family.
I don’t know if that is the truth, but it is an interesting choice in name, no matter the reasoning. Sundays do tend to be the day for Family Time for most people, and if you are working far away from your family I could see it being a lonely day.
Sunday for me is a day to relax a bit, get prepped for the week ahead, and hang out with my partner. Occasionally it is also a day that extended family time happens, but generally I prefer to savour Sunday with my partner.
What is your Sunday all about?
It has been a long couple days for me work wise. Which has spilled over to many areas of my life. Basically less sleep, less good food, less stress management.
It has been a while since I have been super busy for weeks on end personally and also at work. And, I am paying for it today. I’ve held on for a while, but as of this evening, I am off kilter.
So, I need to get in more self care. Is this common for September? Likely!