It’s nearing the end of “settling in” theme month here on LAA. And I know the question on everyone’s minds is…”Have I actually relaxed?”
I would say in many ways I have. I’ve knocked out a ton of crafts that I really wanted to do and found myself sillyly (not a word, but roll with me) stressing over because I wanted time to do them and tend to do my chores and must-do’s first. So it was pretty awesome to get to do some really creative things this month as well as feel like I have less of a backlog of my projects.
Additionally, I’m feeling very organized in my house and routine. Walking into the house after a long day at work, it feels nice to have this shelf there, or that hook hung that I can place my work bag, lunch box and all the clothes from the day pretty quickly in line and get started on dinners, chores, etc…
Social wise, it’s still coming together. While we have band nearly full time (6 out of 7 days this week for instance), we are both learning how to get home, unwind and relax as well as continue to date and have great times amongst all of the busy stuff that has been going on. It’s easy to want to crash and give up at the end of the day, we’re doing a pretty good job mustering up energy and making sure we help out equally around the house and still have time to hit the beach, go out to dinner or have a drink together and talk about something other than work.
One thing I didn’t expect was the spending. It cost us some money to settle in. Not only the organizing stuff I talked about, but really, in an odd sense, I went shopping for clothes and holiday gifts and things and got a ton “out of the way”. I’m not so happy about savings after this, and a wedding, and a reception, and a honeymoon, and a…and a…and a…but…if it helps set my mind at ease, that I know very clearly who I am, where I’m going and what I need and don’t need to get me there, so saving in the future should get much easier now that we’re nearing the one-year mark and I “get” our activities and schedules and needs and can budget appropriately.
So now that I have all this, does the to-do’s end? Hm, good question. I’m sure the second I start reading the October magazines and the Pinterest and all that, that more stuff will make me want to shop and do and create and be and send me into a to-do list making tizzy. I know that I need to consciously make an effort to find time to unwind. Perhaps I should just start planning next year? What do you think?