Remember that ‘un-routine’ thing?

When I closed one chapter on my life and opened another chapter (or chapter and a half, really) at the start of this year — switching from one job to another, while also pursuing my passion for all things barre n9ne — I started to wrap my head around the concept of un-routine.

…of allowing myself to embrace new routines, changes, etc.

…of learning to get out of my comfy little corner of the world and focus on the ‘new’ in my life.

…of pursuing discomfort in all that I do.

A big part of this new chapter in my life was getting used to a job where I’d be traveling pretty often, something that would most definitely push me out of my comfy little routine on a regular basis. The first two trips out to California for work were eye-opening and filled with lots of “new.” It was scary. It was uncomfortable. It was exactly what I needed.

Now that I’m in the throes of my third trip out to Cali for work, I’m finally getting the ‘hang’ of this thing. And y’know what? I kinda dig it out here. Don’t get me wrong — I totally miss my comfy little corner of the world (and my husband’s cute smiley face!)but what these trips have taught me is just how much I need un-routine from time-to-time.

I’m finding a new sense of independence that I sometimes allow to lay dormant when I’m in my cozy little routine. In fact, this trip I’ve even had my own rental car which is a whole new world to me! Kinda neat toolin’ around San Jose all on my own — for some reason, this felt huge to me this week. Also helps that I’ve been driving a bitchin’ set ‘o wheels- a Toyota Yaris. It’s HOT lemme tell ya. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m really getting to know my coworkers better and better with time. Hell, I went on that hilliest-ever rundate with one of them just the other night! (I swear, I’m still riding a high from that run!)

I even embraced the treadmill yesterday morning, something I was totally dreading on this trip. I even told myself I’d avoid it entirely this week given these few weeksย leading into marathon training,ย I’ve tried to make running less of a focus, allowing my body to recover and prep for all those miles coming up.ย But who knew? I ended up CRUSHING my interval session after I got past the dread part of things. I have never felt more badass after stepping off a treadmill in my life. For reals. Just check out that sweatastic smile!

And most of all? I’m truly embracing the whole concept of creating new routines while I’m out here which is actually helping me not to long for my routine at home *quite* as much as I used to. I’m finding ways to maintain my love of healthy eating out here. Continuing to bring my own breakfast and snack options, finding ways around some of the meal choices that aren’t in my control and ultimately just making good,ย  healthy choices while I’m out here. Again, don’t get me wrong — I miss my barre n9ne family. I miss my rundates with Scott. I miss my yummy homecooked meals. I miss all of that. But this trip? It’s shown me that I can thrive in un-routineย if I’m open to it.

And I think that’s the key. Being open to un-routine. Truly open to it. That’s what this week has been all about for me.

(that and discovering Jamba Juice steel cut oats — Oh Em Gee. A ‘fill-in’ for my beloved bowl of oatmeal at home! A huge thanks to Naomi for telling me about them during our sushi date on Monday night! I nearly died from joy when I took my first bite on Wednesday before a meeting. I’m not kidding, I may have shed a tear. )

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23 thoughts on “Remember that ‘un-routine’ thing?

  1. Sounds like you are doing great out there in Cali! Un-routine can be hard!!! And so glad to hear you found some oats out there–def worth shedding a tear over ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. For some reason, Toyota Yarises (Yari?) are super popular rental cars. I know other people who have gotten them too. So small!

    I’m glad you’re learning to embrace un-routine. I struggle with that a lot too (as you just read about in my post where I’m freaking out about not going to the gym for a week).

  3. The un-routine is something I need to work on! I get out of my routine and flounder around like a fish on dry land. lol.
    But it’s nice to hear that it’s possible ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I have yet to get a Yaris as a rental. I usually get something baller like a Mustang – LOL – or way too big, like a huge ass SUV! WTF? I am so glad you are embracing this sis! Isn’t it funny how the first day or so, you’re adjusting and then by the last day, while happy to be going home, you’re kinda liking the experience. Happens to me every.single.time. You are making me look forward to my trip next week AND Jamba Juice oatmeal!! heehee!

    • You get badass cars, I get bitchin’ cars, what the heck?!

      Isn’t it funny how that happens – hating it until you get there and loving it by the time you leave. It’s a neat learning experience every single time. I dig it!

      (and YES, get that damn oatmeal, it’s frickin’ delicious!)

  5. Man, what is it with all the JJ talk!?! lol I’m seeing them everywhere! They need to open one out here…all we have is an Elderberries…and that’s simply smoothies made out of fruit and ice creams. No go for me. They finally did hop on the healthier bandwagon and there’s been big boom in froyo places. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love that you’re embracing your un-routine and feeling a newfound sense of independence. I think it’s VERY hard to distinguish the line between marriage & independence. I feel bad when I’m doing my own thing…but I know that it’s CRUCIAL for healthy marriages. You need to be able to breathe, miss each other once in a while, and have your own “thing” (work, running, whatever).

    You look like a fabulous as a sweaty, kicked-the-treadmill’s-ass lady!

    • I seriously wish there was a Jamba Juice around here — that oatmeal was so so good! It made my WEEK out in Cali, for reals!!

      I love what you say about independence within a marriage – that IS so important isn’t it? To keep that semblance of yourself even within your coupledom. I love that we have our “us” time and our “me” time and we’ve found a really good balance with it. It makes for an even stronger marriage IMHO ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. You’re truly inspirational!! I’m glad I found your blog. The picture is awesome and I know not much can make you feel better than kicking butt which you clearly do!

  7. I love that you are thriving so well in unroutine my friend! You are doing amazing things! It thrills me beyond belief to see how well you are handling the trips, your workouts, your eating habits, etc. Simply amazing my friend! XOXO

    P.S. Hills ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • It has been really good for me to get out of my comfy little routine, seriously. It takes getting used to but now that I’ve done this three times through,I’m getting the hang of things nicely. ๐Ÿ™‚

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