Yesterday was a very socially demanding day, and today I awoke feeling a little low on energy. My morning was slow; I made a breakfast of eggs, kale, some prunes, and french press coffee with a touch of honey. Taking it easy, I moved slowly through the paces of the day waking late (after eight am!), cooking, cleaning, and regaining energy and finding my balance. Next week, another commitment heavy weekend awaits: I have a 20 mile run to complete, and we are throwing a shower for my sister - in a month she is due to have her first child, and I will officially be an auntie! I spent time with my aunts this afternoon discussing the final details and preparations, and it was nice to see and connect with some lovely ladies in the family. I found the time with them really grounding after yesterday's play-day full of commitments.
I drove myself home (for the first time driving on I-205 alone in my little Smart Car!), stopped at Target (the power went out while I was in the store - there are certainly no windows - pitch blackness for about ten seconds), arrived to the quiet calm of my apartment and cooked my favorite dish for this week's lunches: baked sweet potatoes with apple. With all the rain coming down today it just felt like the right thing to cook.
While prepping and baking, I noticed that after living in my apartment for three whole months, I find myself still feeling the restlessness that I experienced days after moving in and starting to settle. I have still not completely "moved in". I have a few small piles - items which are organized, but I have not yet found them a home.
In order to combat the chest-constricting stress I feel when these piles come into my line of sight, I resolved today that I will have piles put away by Friday this week. Primarily for myself - this feeling of uneasiness cannot be healthy to experience each day - but also due to family coming into town this weekend for my sister's shower. I really value them and their opinion, and want them to like my place if they see it! (and I would love it to look organized and well - decorated).
How long does it take you to settle into a new home? Do you find this takes longer than you initially desire the process to take?
Here is to Nourishing self through relaxation, recovery, and resolving to de-stress! ~Alaina