Saturday, March 14, 2015

celebrating a new normal

*This post is inspired by Karen

When I was younger, I loved change and pursing new goals.  I would move the furniture at least once a month using the excuse that it was easier to see how much I had cleaned if the furniture was moved around.  I changed purses often, tried new recipes, took classes, joined clubs and committees.

But lately, I have felt myself sinking into a new normal.  I like routine and knowing what is coming.  I love setting up a meal plan so I know what I need to do for dinner.  I like running the same route, listening to the same music.  This fall I minimized my wardrobe and I like wearing the same clothes, cutting out some of the choices.  I like settlng in on the couch each evening instead of going out.  I like getting up and going to bed at the same time.  I cringe when I look at the calendar and see that I will be out two or three evenings in one week.  I want to finish projects and get rid of clutter.  I want to surround myself with fewer things and people that I adore. 
I crossed another finish line this morning.  I was not as fast as last year but a bit faster than I predicted.  As I was running, I found myself so relaxed, really enjoying the run.

I think I can celebrate this new normal.  I wonder how long it will last?

Celebrating with Ruth and friends today


LInda Baie said...

It's nice to have some predictability perhaps, in our busy lives? Having fewer choices means less stress over "what might have been". I don't know the answer, still clinging to the same because I need to, but when I have more time, will I change? You always make me think, Julieann. Have a great rest of the weekend!

Terje said...

Simplifying life makes room for mindfulness. Our needs and priorities change as we change. How long the changes will last is a question that will be answered with time.

Lori said...

I like change, but I like routine too! Nice job on the run!

karen said...

we just might be twins. I love when i stay at home for more than one day! I think whatever makes us happy is what keeps us happy :)

Kaja said...

What a great, thought-provoking post. I realise that I too have reached a place where I prefer the rhythm of a simpler life, with the time and headspace to focus on what is really important.