I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I just came back from a weekend at home or if it’s because Vishnu’s schedule is insane or if it’s because I don’t have any upcoming travel plans to look forward to, but I’m definitely starting to feel like life right now is pretty much me, myself and I… all day long!
Don’t get me wrong, I feel so incredibly lucky to be able to stay with the same company and work from home for a year. And I’m so glad that Vishnu’s program is a good fit for him despite the crazy long hours.
Of course, all of this is temporary. This time next year, we’ll be in Chicago! But that doesn’t keep the occasional feeling of loneliness away! However, I’m determined to not let it get the best of me. I try to do little things each day to change up my routine and make each day feel different.
With that, I’m using this week’s Three Things Thursday post to share the little things I do to keep the loneliness and monotony at bay!
(1) I step away from my computer for a full hour and take the time to make and eat lunch. It’s never anything fancy, but by doing this, the day feels a little shorter and it gives me something to look forward to (obviously because food is involved!). And if it works out timing wise, I watch Chopped, my favorite Food Network show, at this time as well. Lunch is a real highlight these days!
(2) More than ever before, I’m on the hunt for fun/creative/new dinner ideas. At about 6-6:30 pm every day, I shut down my computer and head into the kitchen with my iPad to whip up a hopefully delicious meal. This is something I’ve always enjoyed doing, but it’s taken on a new meaning right now. With Vishnu coming home at 8-8:30 pm every day and me not having any plans in the evening, I have more time to cook and experiment in the kitchen. And the iPad? Well, that provides ongoing entertainment in the form of music and podcasts.
(3) I’ve always been pretty good about keeping in touch with friends, but I’m trying to be better about scheduling phone/FaceTime dates a couple times a week. This reminds me that just because I don’t have any friends in St. Pete yet doesn’t mean I don’t have friends! #sadbuttrue
I know this post is a bit of deviation from my usual happy topics, but this is life right now. Even though I’ve moved a countless number of times over the past few years, this move is a bit different in a few ways.
But like I said, it’s temporary, Vishnu’s schedule will get better, we have friends/family visiting over the next few months, and come August the St. Pete Junior League (an organization I joined in Miami) will start it’s meetings and events. Also, now that I’m not travelling as much, I’m going to do some research and look up yoga/fitness studios within walking distance of our apartment (we only have one car). Even if I go once a week, that’s still something!
Like my mom said to me when we moved here almost six weeks ago, I need to give myself time to adjust. Not an easy thing to do for someone with a “it should’ve happened yesterday” kind of attitude! But I’m trying my best to let time do its thing.
If all else fails, I have my sister’s wedding planning to keep me busy!
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13 thoughts on “Three Things Thursday (18) – Me, Myself and I”
It’s awesome that you kept your job with the move. I stayed with my job when we moved for residency and have been telecommuting for 2 years. Besides the occational work trip I don’t get to see my co-workers as much as I would like. It definitely took some time but I met amazing friends through our programs spouse organization and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else right now. So glad it’s all working out 🙂
Yes! Very blessed to keep my job – not sure what I would’ve done if that wasn’t the case. And I’m so happy you’ve adjusted to residency life. It is not easy! I’m hoping once we’re settled in Chicago it will feel just as great for me!
When I first moved to Seattle I had a lot of free time as well. I think keeping in touch with friends at home was the most helpful thing. It made me feel less isolated. I also think finding a new yoga studio in your neighborhood is a great idea!
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Agreed! I’m hoping that by staying in touch (and convincing as many people as possible to come visit!) I’ll feel part of something bigger than our apartment! 🙂
That’s definitely an adjustment! Anyone would get a little down in that situation. I didn’t know anyone when I moved to DC and it was so hard at first. To be honest I never really made a ton of friends there, I’m not the best at getting to know new people, but the ones I did make were amazing and I quickly began to feel at home. That first friend/invite to do something is the best feeling ever!
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Thanks, Kacy! It’s been harder than I imagined, but it’s a year…I can do a year! I was talking to a friend the other day, and we both agreed that all you need is a couple of close friends. I’m so glad you feel at home in DC now! Such a great feeling!
You live in St. Petersburg, FL? That is so cool. My husband and I are planning to move down to that area after my daughter gets out of high school, in about four years. I have heard that it is fairly conservative down there (not very spiritually minded). Is that true? I am a Taoist and I have lived in parts of the South before (North Carolina) that were not very accepting of people that are not Christian. Do you find that to be true there or is it more of a big city so it is more of people doing whatever they want? I am very curious. You can email me directly your response if you want.
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Hi Amy! We will be in St. Pete for the next year or so. We haven’t been down here long enough for me to say whether or not it’s a completely accepting community. But I will say that everyone, and I mean everyone, we have encountered so far has been incredibly kind. It’s a very friendly city.
I spent the last 12 or so years in Atlanta, so I know what you mean by unaccepting, but I think you will find pockets of that in every city/town. So far, I get good vibes from the St. Pete/Tampa area.
I hope that helps! If you have any other specific questions, please feel free to email me. More than happy to help!
I was working from home for about 6 months and the one thing I really had to remember was to not be glued to the computer in my pjs all day. I’m glad you’re making it a point to step away and enjoy your lunch time. Moving to a new place is never easy at first, but looks like you’re taking some great steps towards making the most of it! 🙂
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You’re so right – you definitely have to make a conscious decision to get up and do something else, even if it’s just for a few minutes. And I’m not sure how well I’m doing, but I’m trying to make the best of this year! Thanks, Reshma!
I’m definitely taking bits and pieces away from this- Especially the hour away from the computer! I know a few people here but they don’t have the same ‘hours’ as I do per se, so working during the day can be slightly less social but that’s the beauty of technology..which is also a curse.
Come hang out.
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I know it’s tough. I was in the same situation when I moved to Winnipeg for the hubby’s med school. I didn’t know a single person and it was really hard for a long time! I actually started watching food network and cooking more too. I even made italian donuts! And your’e right, it really will get better and it looks like you are doing all the right things.
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Thanks for the comment, Salma! I really appreciate it. I just keep telling myself that I can do anything for a year 🙂