Sorry I haven’t been writing as much lately…

00558580-7d88-0132-bbfd-0ebf924f622eūüėČ ¬†Okay, so maybe I’m not super popular but my social calendar has been busier than usual. ¬†Since Friday I’ve been out every night of the week except for Saturday and today plus have plans to go out tomorrow.

Whew, so tonight I forced myself to go to the gym because it’s easy to come up with excuses not to go especially when you’re “busy”. ¬†I’m going tomorrow night because we’re not meeting up until 7 so I have time to go to the gym before I go out.

This morning I threw my gym bag in the car but by mid-afternoon I’d convinced myself I didn’t need to go…there’s always tomorrow is what I tell myself. ¬†IMG_0056I usually tell myself that in dramatic Scarlett O’Hara fashion.

Thankfully a coworker asked if I was going to the gym today and I think she wanted to go together but my aversion to working out with people is for another post. ¬†Later another coworker asked if I had been going to the gym lately and I had to admit I hadn’t been in about a week. ¬†He suggested we put up a calendar and mark the days we go, which is an idea I love, definitely good for accountability.

I know I need to just let it go and accept that life is what it is and everything happens for a reason but…..

I can’t help thinking about how much my life has changed for the better. ¬†I’ve gone out to dinner more times in the year I’ve lived here than I did the entire time I lived in Moscow. ¬†I’ve also made more amazing friends and am so happy!!! ¬†I know part of it is my attitude, part of it is the job, part of it is the change in environment, and part of it is I don’t know what.

I would suggest to anyone who is unhappy in life to make a change even if it’s not easy. ¬†Change jobs. ¬†Change cities. ¬†Even simple changes to your routine can make a big difference. ¬†Work out. ¬†Go outside. ¬†Go someplace new. ¬†Eat new food. ¬†Say yes more often.

Getting out of my rut, even if it was slightly forced by cosmic intervention i.e. the store closing, was the best thing that ever happened to me. ¬†I sometimes shudder to think where I would be if that had never happened…..Would I still be there? ¬†Would I still be trying to make it work? ¬†Would I still be stuck?

Thankfully I’m not stuck other than stuck wondering how to end this post….I had no idea where I was going but of course I’m back to reflecting on this amazing journey, mostly because I’m so darn happy right now. ¬†I appreciate everyone reading!

Feel free to comment!  Ever made a big change in your life?

A Late Post About Being Alone

**I wrote this on Thursday night and even though it’s Saturday I still feel like it’s worth sharing, especially because I may or may not get another post written this weekend. ¬†This whole living in a hotel for a week, coming home for a day and a half is already wearing me out. ¬†Today it’s about laundry, napping, and cuddle time with James the Cat before I head back out tomorrow. ¬†Have a great weekend!! ūüėÄ ¬†

Thursday April 7

A quick thought while I wait for dinner…all alone. ¬†It’s been less than a week but I’m reminded once again of how far I’ve come in a year or more. A couple years ago if I’d have come to a training like this, unless someone invited me somewhere; I would’ve stayed in my room. ¬†I would’ve ordered food or maybe walked someplace but I definitely wouldn’t be sitting here in a restaurant, drinking a beer, and writing a blog post. *As a side note, how very hipster of me, lol*

I’ll probably have more to write this weekend when I get home but just wanted to write a quick post to share that thought. I’ve gone out at least 4 of the nights that I’ve been here either to eat or just to explore. ¬†There’s a certain power that comes from knowing you’re okay being alone, if anything going through these experiences on my own is making me stronger and more confident.

My advice to everyone, especially if you’re afraid of being alone is to push yourself outside your comfort zone. ¬†Go do something alone, see a movie, eat at a restaurant, go to a museum, find something you would usually do with someone and go it alone. ¬†I’m not gonna lie, it can feel a little awkward but just like anything else new it gets easier.

Hope everyone is having a great week! Cheers to new adventures!

One of my favorites…A Black Butte Porter to celebrate National Beer Day! ¬†

 The featured image is one of my favorites from this week and I hope to share more soon.  Follow me on instagram @daisy9979

The Hunt

I only had 2 minor breakdowns yesterday while apartment hunting, almost 3 but then I told myself I needed to get it together and not give into the stress.  The stress of finding a place without blatant gang activity or hookers ūüėĮ.  

True story, a couple of the places we drove by when we first got into town we saw some, not a good start to the trip. Towards the end of the day yesterday I started feeling more optimistic about my prospects.  My family is helping so I don’t end up in a place where I’m too scared to go outside after dark (note to self: write post about accepting help). I recognize being in this new city, urban, is going to be vastly different from my current rural city but some of the neighborhoods we saw I wouldn’t want to walk around too much in the day. 

The good news is today’s another day, a fresh start and I know I have at least one solid prospect from yesterday. The rental market is crazy here with prices changing daily, it’s ridiculous, but I’m hopeful we’ll find something today. I really need to get a place lined up before I leave here tomorrow…..fingers crossed! ūüôā

My mom is here helping me search and is dragging me out of bed, lol. Yesterday was exhausting and I’m so tired but it’s time to return to the hunt! Hope everyone is having a great weekend!!!!