Just reinventing my life as I know it. Don’t mind me.

So it’s time to write a blog post and I’m stumped. I’m in the middle of buying a house with my husband, and even though that doesn’t take that much of my time away from my personal writing, it sure takes up a lot of mental and emotional energy.

We discuss over and over how to finish certain paperwork, how we’re going to move, and what construction projects we’ll start first. I browse magazines for potential paint colors. He searches craigslist for a refrigerator. Everyone around me gets the low down on what’s up, whether or not they actually ask for it.

In the meantime, I still get up at 5:30 every morning and try to start my days as though everything is normal. As a freelance writer who has few external time restraints, discipline has become quite difficult. People ask me for advice on how freelancers should budget time and create schedules, and I can give them a lot of helpful tips and access which will work best for them depending on their needs, but for myself? Staying focused is hard.

Today I’m reminding myself of the advice that I give to others: when your usual habits don’t fit your phase of life anymore, get ready to mix things up. Don’t expect old schedules to work in new environments. You’ve got to reinvent yourself. Things would be a lot easier if we lived in a cookie-cutter world, where the circle always has a circle space to fit into, but it’s more complex–and much more fantastic–than that. Since I’m preparing myself for a move, I can’t focus as much at home. I’ve got to get out of the house more than before. It’s not bad per say, it’s just an adjustment that I need to make for the next few weeks.

So, chat time. How’s life? Any big changes going on?

2 thoughts on “Just reinventing my life as I know it. Don’t mind me.

  1. Oh, I can definitely empathise! House buying and moving is such an upheaval and I don’t blame you for wanting to get out of the house and away from all the packing and organizing and paperwork. I’ve been going through a lot of ups and downs too, and I’ve had such a hard time staying focused. I’ve had to keep reminding myself that I’m allowed to have breaks and bad days, and that sometimes it’s more productive to go out and clear my head rather than staring blankly at my computer screen! Freelancing sounds like a dream, but it really does bring a whole new set of challenges, doesn’t it? 🙂

    • It definitely does! Sometimes around lunch-time I need to remind myself that a bad morning doesn’t have to ruin the entire day–yesterday was definitely one of those 😉 Today has a bit of a better start, thankfully!

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