Life is back to Normal-Insanity
As opposed to Insanity-Insanity…which would be this past winter. I took this health test recently and it had a section on stress. If you scored over 300 you were considered highly stressed. Here’s my list:
- Major family illness or behavior
- Change of sleeping habits
- Change of job
- Change of residence
- Change of living conditions (remodeling, roommates, pets)
- Major change in finances
- Change in responsibilities at work
- Purchase of major items
- Long family trip
- Being laid off of work
It all started in December, when we had to start looking for a new place to live by late December…oh you know, holiday time. Shopping for gifts will work its way in there somehow. We didn’t go home, but had a wonderful Christmas with my hubby and Ryan, Drew’s brother. We did some yoga in the morning and went to Om Shan Tea for a Christmas vegan potluck dinner…it was different, just what I like.
We found an abode to call our own, just in time, and it’s been QUITE an adjustment, for several reasons. I have made a commitment to fixing up the place, making it HOME as opposed to a white walled cube that we inhabit for one year at a time. I’m very thankful to have found a great location in the city that both Drew and I love, it’s right next to Dolores Park, otherwise known as one of the great hipster parks in the city. There are also tons of beautiful men walking beautiful dogs on our street, who can argue with that?
We have a small two bedroom place. It’s taken a lot of fixing up to get it to where I want it to be, which is at the level of FABULOUS. Below are a few before and after pics that I threw together. That is, I threw together the pics-the actual spaces were a lot of work and FUN!
Master Bedroom Closet:
Here’s what I added to the kitchen today, a TOTALLY fun spice project:
I also painted the living room a bright “new lime” color, the hallway a “citrus blast” orange color, and the entrance way a “true blue” sky color…stay tuned for those before and after pics…and the bedroom!
So…here’s the proof of those changes in living conditions and major purchases, thankfully I worked at The Container Store as a seasonal employee for just the right amount of time for me to buy what we wanted at a generous employee discount of 40-50% off. Woo!!
In January, I went home to see my folks. It was a much needed trip, but was difficult timing because we had just moved into our place a few weeks ago. In February, I also started working as a game tester for a fashion game company. It’s totally fun and I love the environment, I’m very grateful to be there. AND I get to dress how I want, no more uniform-laden jobs! I swear I was going to lose my sense of fashion all together if I had to put on another black shirt with khakis for one more work day-EWW.
I find I’m actually very out of practice in getting dressed in the morning. I just stare into my closet, forgetting how many awesome combinations of crazy fun I can adorn myself with. I’m so used to grabbing the same outfit every day, it’s sad. But I’m getting back into the swing of it.
In terms of what I’m doing to help lower my stress levels….um….NOT having major change in every area of my life each month. I’m also cracking down more on eating well and exercise, and getting to bed before midnight, something I have slacked on over the winter since my focus has been so scattered.
In March, our roommate moved in. So yeah…things are starting to settle in now, finally…for a few weeks at least, until we get a kitten!