On Finding My New Normal

Originally I was planning on posting an apartment tour today, but unfortunately the apartment is really not ready to be shown yet! So instead I decided to talk about finding my new normal in all of the craziness that has accompanied this transfer/promotion and move.

I read somewhere that what you do on January 1st is what you will be doing all year. If that’s true, then 2018 will be the year of unpacking for me! Really though, I do like the idea of this year being about sorting through all of my stuff, both physical and emotional, and creating order. And I have a lot of stuff!

But in addition to that, I committed to myself that this year would be about taking better care of myself, so I made sure to focus on that on January 1st as well. I made time to rest, time to read, and time to focus on my blog in addition to all of the unpacking and cleaning required with the move. It helped to keep me balanced through the bulk of it. And that’s really what normal is about for me… balance.

I am a creature of routine. I like it and I find comfort in it. I have my morning routines before work, my evening routines when I get home, my routines that I follow on my days off, and as long as I am sticking to my routines and balancing that with adventures, my life is good.

Even while I was transitioning, I noticed that I naturally developed a routine in each situation I was in… I had a routine for doing things while I was in the hotel, a routine while I was staying at my friend’s house, and a routine for being in the apartment sans furniture. Now that everything is here, it’s important to find my new routine. Lately it has been revolving around the unpacking and clearing process, but once that is complete, I’ll be able to fill that space with more reading and exercise.

So what do I want my new normal to look like? I want to balance my time between work, blogging, reading, living a healthy lifestyle, and fun. And a lot of those overlap, so I think that will naturally help with the balance. And now that I am not driving a minimum of 2 hours every day, I can focus more on the things I need to be happy.

What does your “normal” look like?