Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A New Normal

If you've been following me for a while, then you already know all about our infertility struggles and why I decided to take some time off from teaching, but I've been wanting to write an updated post to follow up on the major changes that have been happening in my life and to answer some of the questions I've been getting from you guys after this post.

First of all, let me start by saying thank you for all the sweet comments and emails I got after sharing that I was no longer working- you guys are so encouraging and supportive. I can't thank you enough! Along with your awesome comments came questions like... So what are you doing now? What are your days like? Do you get bored? Do you have a certain routine? 

When I made the final decision not to go back to work, one of the main things I worried about was what "my new normal" would be. I have worked since I was in high school, so not having a job to be at every day is a major change. I knew that I didn't want to fall into the trap of wasting days away on the couch and never changing out of my pjs. I wanted to stay busy and productive, so that meant coming up with routine that would help my days feel more structured.

For the most part, my days mostly consist of keeping up with my fertility program and blogging. As for blogging, I have absolutely loved having more time to dedicate to this little corner of mine, and I have seen significant growth in the past few months! As for fertility, there are so many things I have to do on a daily basis that I won't bore you with, but I will outline what a typical day looks like for me:

6:30 a.m. - Wake up, fertility charting

7:00 a.m. - Daily devotional

7:30 a.m. - Walk Louie

7:45 a.m. - Breakfast, fertility charting

8:00-10:00 a.m. - Workout (different times depending on the day)
*I either attend an Orange Theory class, do Hot Yoga, or go running

10:00 a.m. - Get ready, fertility charting
*I will admit that I don't wear make most days, but I do try to change into a casual, but comfortable, outfit. Being dressed helps me feel more productive!

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Blog work
*Sharing my current post on social media, writing a post, checking emails, planning content for future posts, networking with other bloggers, attending online workshops or taking a lesson for my blog course, taking pictures, etc. There is so much that goes into blogging that a lot of people don't realize! :)

12:30 p.m. - Lunch, fertility charting

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - I usually use the afternoons to finish up any blog work that I didn't get done that morning, or use that time for house chores and errands... like cleaning, laundry, grocery store, etc. This obviously varies from day to day! I also use the afternoon for weekly appointments with my fertility acupuncturist.

4:00 p.m. - Walk Louie, fertility charting

5:00 p.m. - Home and done for the day! My evenings usually consist of cooking dinner, watching T.V. with Chris, reading, a bubble bath, and more fertility charting!

I have come to love my little routine, and I try to stick to it as much as possible. I love working outside on pretty days, but now that it's getting colder, I've been opting for the couch and fireplace instead. I just can't let myself turn on the T.V.... because then it's game over for the day. Also, I absolutely love my pup co-worker, Louie.. ha ha!! I also love the weeks that Chris is home and we work from home together! I think he loves it too.. but probably because he gets a cooked breakfast and lunch.

In all seriousness, blogging has really been a lifesaver for me during this time in my life. Not only is it something that I enjoy doing, but it has kept me busy! Having to do fertility charting on a daily basis is a constant reminder of our struggle, but having this little space of mine allows me to put my focus somewhere else and concentrate on things that make me happy. So thank you so much for reading and following along!

Photos | Catherine Truman

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