I adore this time of year.
Since I'm in a completely different climate here in southeast Alaska, it pretty much felt like fall all summer long. My hoodies, jackets, and boots have already been used quite a bit. All the rain has kept the area nice and green for now. I did pass over one small, lone red leaf the other day while running. It made me smile.
I feel like my life right now is changing seasons. There are many aspects of my life that are changing and I'm having to adapt to. First of all, I moved to this small island and there are no quick/easy/cheap ways to leave it. I am so many time zones behind a majority of my loved ones. What does this mean? At least three times a week I either accidentally call or text someone SUPER late or they call or text me SUPER early. (I just got a new app to help this situation. I hope it works.) These changes makes me feel slightly disconnected.
Due to our remote location I already miss small, normal things. I miss being able to go into a store and try on clothes. Although there are a handful of stores here, they are expensive and generally don't carry what I've been looking for. So instead I must order online and wait an extended period of time before receiving my goodies that may or may not fit correctly. I miss Chipotle. ha! I know that I shouldn't confess this, but man I miss it. Actually I really miss just having a variety of restaurants. (sigh) Next time you are able to easily go out for Mexican or Thai...or whatever-Think of me. As I said, things have changed and I'm adjusting.
Now as far as my relationships go, well I have some pretty incredible people in my life. I'm beyond grateful to have loved ones that genuinely go above and beyond to keep in touch with us. While I'm on the subject I just want to brag a little:
Jamie and Mike became Ironmen after years of working towards their goal. Janell became a triathlete and has really uncovered a passion for it. MB and Sam are not only incredible athletes, they've also started raising money to bring clean water to small villages in Kenya.
I'm thankful that even though my relationships have had to change to account for the distance, that they're all still there for me. I'm also extremely grateful for the new friends that I've already made here. I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to have Lauren over this weekend and totally geek out together. Good friends make all the difference in the world.
Another big change is that I'm not training for a fall marathon. Is it weird that I'm a bit envious of people posting about their training? I wish I were training for a marathon. There's no greater feeling of accomplishment. However, it's just not in the cards right now and I'm still learning to accept it. (Not very well either as I've still been logging some decent mileage.) I have opted to broaden my fitness horizons and I started taking classes last week. They are geared towards strength and conditioning. Before my first class I felt like an above average fit person. After my first class I felt really out of shape. It's crazzzzzy how inferior I felt/feel. My body has been aching in all sorts of new places. I can only hope that this cross-training will help build me into a better athlete. It's something I've never considered doing before but I'm adapting to my 'new' life.
Lastly, I started a new job. What I refer to as my "First Grown Up Job". I have a set schedule. I'm utilizing my education and experience. I'm working full time for the first time in 7 years. (Although for several years I was working part time and going to school so it felt like I was working full time.) I am elated for this opportunity and I hope to greatly succeed in it. On the flip side, the new job is bringing with it its own set of challenges outside of work. Prioritizing time is essential. I just started and I already am overwhelmed with my lack of time. You know this idea called "Meal Planning/Prepping"? Um, yeah... I'm going to need to figure that out-QUICKLY. I know so many of you are experts in juggling all of life's tasks and I look at you in admiration. I know that I will find my balance soon.
When a new season is upon us we can either embrace it or cling to the past. I'm trying to embrace it. I know there will be growing pains. I know that there will be times I'll need to stop and reevaluate things. I recognize that even though change is scary, it often brings with it the opportunity to grow and mature as a person. I can't wait to see where this new season takes me. Follow along.
How do you like my new blog design? Since there is so much change going on in my life, I figured this site needed to reflect that.