Returning Home

Good morning, good evening, good afternoon…whatever it is and wherever you are out there!

It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down and written, and I didn’t mean to leave you guys on a sad post like I did. However, right after that post was written and published, I uprooted and came back home!

That’s right…HOME!! I was USA bound and had a tunnel vision on getting back to my husband and my family. Because of all that, I put the blog (and writing in general) to the back burner and did everything I had to for me to make it home- whatever I had to do, I got it done. 10 months was a long time, and I was ready for it to be over.

One day I may write about some of the stuff that I did on the deployment, some of the things I saw, but I’m not sure at this point anyone would find it interesting. So for now…let’s talk about something else!

Firstly, I do owe you all a bit of an apology because this was not my focus over the past couple of months. I put everything on hold, including working towards my goals, in an effort to be there for everyone. I could have been writing during this time, I even drafted a post but scrapped it because I felt the need to be doing other things.

I’ve been officially in my house for two months now, and it has been the most wonderful two months I’ve ever had. I’ve spent time with family, took a couple of vacations, we even moved! My entire focus has been on spending time with family and friends and making up for all the lost time. It’s been a long, but somehow short two months off and I’m so grateful that I was able to take so much time to myself. It was really the first time since graduating college and getting married that I had a vacation. That was FOUR years ago!

Thankfully my husband and I have decided that we can’t do four years between long vacations and now that we are so blessed in our work, we are going to prioritize that part of our lives. I’ve also been able to be there for other members of my family. I helped my mom set up her classroom in preparation for the new school year and worked a lot with my sister to get ready for her wedding at the end of the month. Overall, I had a great time getting to relax and be my own person for a while. I did eventually get back to working towards my health and fitness goals, though and it has been the primary source of my sense of purpose over the last few weeks.

It wasn’t all fun and games though. I will admit to a nagging sensation of stress and anxiety through the first half of my time off. I wasn’t sure where I would go back to work at the end of all this. I was fortunate that I had so much time to figure it all out, but the not knowing kind of had me wrecked more often than not.

However, I had a couple of interviews and now I’m sitting here on the eve of starting a new job! It was an interesting road getting to this position, and I wasn’t even sure if what I was hearing was real when I got the phone call, but I couldn’t be happier to be getting ready to go to work tomorrow morning….for the first time in 60 days! It’s a brand new position and type of job for me, so I’m not sure what to expect from it. But I am looking forward to the opportunity to learn and develop more skills that will help me down the road.

Because of this…today was my first focus day in 8 weeks. I sat down and made my meal plan for the week (I recently found a great app for this!) and made my grocery list. I organized my planner and my desk. I set myself up for success. My two month vacation from everything was amazing, but it feels so good to get back into the swing of things and even though I’m so anxious about starting a new job, I’m ready to go back and have a purpose every day when I wake up.

I’m also looking forward to getting back to writing again. The fact that this post came so easily tells me that it’s been a long time since I’ve written, and I apparently have things to say! I have a few ideas for new posts, and I can’t wait to see where they take the blog. We (because you and I are on this journey together) are going to try out a couple of different things to see how we like it. Sound good? Great! I’m also committing here and now to making the Instagram more active again, so swing over there and check it out because that’s where I’m going to post some polls and share pictures in preparations for new posts to come!

But for now you guys, it’s almost 10 PM on a Sunday and I need to be up early to start my day- my FIRST day. Wish me luck!

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