Defining my ‘new normal’

<warning: this is a total “blogging it out” post…and uber-long. bear with me!!>

It’s taken me two days at the new gig to realize I have to recognize, adjust to, and define my ‘new normal.’

Shocking, coming from this self-professed Type-A, routine nut, huh?

But yes, the new job is a change in and of itself. And GOOD, hell, GREAT changes. Don’t get me wrong. I still love it. I still feel challenged and inspired. Don’t worry. It didn’t fade after one day. 😉

But with the new job, there are other changes I’m learning to adjust to…(and am having a hard time doing so)

  • I’m the new kid on the block and have to build up my reputation from the ground up. Yes, they hired me for a reason. But now I need to prove it. It’s proving harder than I thought to adjust to this fact. I do NOT like being the freshman and not knowing anyone by name or face or ANYTHING yet. It’s frustrating – I just want to run, run, run with things but I can’t even crawl or walk yet. Not easy. And yes, I realize it’s only been two days. 😉
  • My new commute hasn’t been bad…yet. But it’s still a new commute which means getting up a little earlier, planning a little bit more (as in, knowing exactly what I’m going to wear the next day, making sure the gas tank is full, breakfast and lunch is packed, etc.), and getting used to sitting in the car longer. Good thing I have new wheels to keep me company, which definitely takes the edge off, I’ll say that! (the hubs and I decided the one-car family thing needed to end, after 6+ months of making a go of it…the new job was a good reason to switch it up).
  • I’m tired. I haven’t slept well the two “school nights” since the job started which has impacted my workouts. I don’t feel as energized in the AM this week, but KNOW after last night’s workout which was torture with a rumbling tummy, that I must stick to AM workouts as much as possible. I guess I got used to having the option to work out at night sometimes…or to ‘double’ up my workouts and do a little something extra after work. I’m a little bummed about this. NOT because I think I need to workout more but because I will miss not necessarily being able to make it to the gym at night for a Kick class here or there. Not to mention that the 6am spin classes I love on Wed/Fri will be tough to squeeze in given my earlier start time.
  • I haven’t had a lot of time to keep up with my blog friends…or my husband! How is that possible?? I know, I know, it’s been TWO days, chill. But these are the things on my mind right now so rather than let them sit there and drive me nuts, I’m blogging it out tonight. I hope you don’t mind my rambles today, I just need to do this for my own peace of mind.

So what does this tell me? All of these rambles…yes, they do help me to crystallize a few things in my head.

Like the fact that I have to define my ‘new normal.’

This means learning to be flexible and working later (we have flexible hours which I know I’ll love when I adjust to that fact!) in favor of getting my workout done in the AM.

Or conversely – getting to work earlier, and thus home earlier, in favor of fitting in a run after work (when it’s light again after 4pm, that is!) or another workout I would miss if I worked later in the day.

It also means learning to be less stringent about blogging. Sad face. Means I probably can’t blog everyday like I have now…which also means maybe a few less blog comments from me to some of you. Sad face x2! But we’ll see. Maybe I’ll be bionic woman after a few months and be able to fit it all in.

And it definitely means making sure to unplug more at night so my hubs and I have enough “us” time since things just feel a wee bit more rushed now.

This isn’t earth shattering stuff, nor are these huge changes. And…c’mon friends, it’s been TWO days. A lot of this is just me reacting to the change itself. I’m sure a lot of these are just kinks that will slowly work themselves out. Whoa. I really need to take a chill pill…I realize all of this, trust me!

And on that note, if you’ve made it all the way to the end of this looooong, rambly post, you’re a rockstar bloggy friend. Just sayin. 😉