This month has been a busy one. Each week has felt like it is a million days long, and to be honest, I’ve found it challenging to keep up. With so much happening, it seemed like a good time for some reflection and introspection.
Here are a few things that have been on my mind lately.
Hibernating: I am in full-on hibernation mode these days. What began during the winter months of the pandemic has now become a permanent annual event on my calendar. When the temps start dropping, I begin to stay home more (except for running out my morning coffee and evening dinner with my grandmother). For someone who used to constantly be out, I quite like all of the quiet moments I have at home these days. Though this year I have made exceptions to my hibernation period to go to the barn on weekends, my self-imposed hideaway usually ends around April.
Riding: If you’ve noticed that my Instagram feed has been taken over by horses, you’d be right! I hope my explanation of my hibernation periods explains some of the lack of other lifestyle content, but fear not, I’ll be back to posting about real life soon. In the meantime, I am taking full advantage of #barnlife this month.
Adulting: I’d like to consider myself an organized person, but I must confess that managing my grandmother’s affairs has actually made me less so. It’s hard enough to remember to do things in my own life, but now adding in paying expenses for her, dealing with attorney correspondence, paperwork, and other tasks as a caregiver, it’s been easy to lose track of things—in both of our lives!
Friendships: I’ve shared that my friendship’s have changed as my caregiving role has evolved, but a couple of recent conversations solidified this sentiment for me. I had calls with two friends that I had lost touch with. I would consider both to be good friends who had a positive impact on my life. Yet, after each call ended, I was left with vastly different emotions. In one case, I was glad we spoke and reconnected, and in the other, I was left feeling like the friendship had run its course. I believe that friendships change all the time, but especially in your thirties. However, at this point in my life, I am better equipped to deal with these relationship changes.
Entrepreneurship: My journey to entrepreneurship has been…tricky. On the one hand, it’s exciting, and there are a lot of things happening. But on the other, there is just so much to do that at times it feels overwhelming. On top of writing content for this blog, I am building The Hospital Bar and my boutique communications agency. Sometimes, I feel like I wear so many hats and that they are all piled on top of my head at the same time. I’ve been loving building my Instagram and connecting with new followers (and even getting to meet some in real life). But finding time to manage client work, blogging, content creation, community engagement, and outreach, and then keeping on top of emails and networking, can feel like a lot. I keep reminding myself that it’s okay to take breaks on this journey and redirect my energy when necessary.