A Wild Ride

Spontaneity is a huge part of my life, but I also enjoy having routines and plans. 

As a writer, plans help me stay motivated and keep my stories on track. And as a person, plans help me prioritize my responsibilities so I still have time to do what I enjoy doing.

Plans bring peace; spontaneity brings excitement, and together it’s a great balance.

But over the last month, spontaneity took the reins and right now, my life is completely off balance. 

The Recap:

After graduating from The Company, I moved back to Maryland.

However, I was only home for two days before we set off for a long weekend in Tennessee. While in Tennessee we received word that my grandfather passed away, so we drove back to Maryland immediately and flew to the Netherlands the very next day.

We didn’t know how long we’d be there or what exactly we would need to do to settle all my grandfather’s affairs. There was no plan, only vague ideas of what we might need to do. It was like someone had given us a box of puzzle pieces—after throwing them in a blender.

But over the next few weeks, we were able to glue those puzzle pieces back together and get a clearer picture of what needed to be done. As the pieces started falling into place, I noticed a significant shift in my family and their moods.

While sadness still lingered around, a lot of the stress appeared to be dissipating. Settling my grandfather’s affairs was no longer an overwhelming and impossible task, but a lot of smaller tasks that just needed to be done one at a time.

In the end, we managed to finish everything in time and didn’t have to change our plane tickets, arriving back in America on October 3rd, two days ago.

Missing the Routine

I was really glad to be back home after being gone for so long, but upon entering the house, I realized that I had no idea how to get back into my routine. In fact, I couldn’t get back into my routine, because it doesn’t exist yet.

I haven’t had a real routine since being at The Company. And between graduating, moving, and traveling, I haven’t even had time to catch my breath. 

At this moment, the majority of my belongings are still in boxes. My room—and the entire house—is a complete mess. I’m also way behind on my writing goals, and I have no idea what I should do to start bringing order back into my life (hence why I’m writing this blog right now).

What I Know

The point is, there’s a lot of things that I don’t know, so that’s why I want to start doing what I do know.

I know that I like to blog once a week.

I know that I often find it difficult to focus and do my best work when I can’t find anything that I need and my surroundings look like they’ve been through several natural disasters.

I know that I want to dedicate at least an hour a day per writing project.

I know that I have my job, writing work, and other responsibilities that I need to keep up with.

I know that if I write down all the things I need to do, I’ll be more likely to do them, and I’ll feel slightly less overwhelmed.

Regaining Balance

So that’s five things that I know.

If I focus on these five things for the next few weeks, then I’ll definitely be far better off than if I do nothing but stay overwhelmed.

I may be completely off balance right now, but I don’t want to stay this way. I want to create new routines and good habits that will help me thrive while I’m doing the things that God has called me to.

And writing this blog was my first step to achieving that goal.

Before You Go…

What’s one thing that you can do today to bring you closer to achieving your own goals?

I’d love to hear what you think, so let me know down in the comments!

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