Getting Out of My Rut

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

Blah.

That’s how I’ve felt lately.

I’ve been in a rut for the last month or so. After the busyness of the holiday season passed, I found myself needing to nourish my personal life but not sure how to do it. I spend most of my time at work so I focused on that first. I work 8 to 5 most days, but on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I go to a weight-lifting class in the afternoon, so I stay a bit later. I’ve really enjoyed exercising (somewhat) consistently! I no longer feel like I’m going to die when I pick up the kettlebells and I think I’m actually getting stronger! But besides work and working out, my life has felt boring. I hate saying that. I’ve been looking for a creative project to do in my free time, but nothing has caught my eye. I made a list of things I want to learn/talents I want to develop, and that helped a little:

  • Watercoloring

  • Building a website from scratch

  • Abstract art

  • Cooking a pot roast

  • Product photography

  • Writing/blogging

  • Baking

  • Fashion illustration

  • Interior design (CAD software)

  • Family history

  • Community service

  • Videography

Honestly, sometimes I feel like the secret to getting out of a rut is just doing SOMETHING. It doesn’t have to be the most meaningful activity in the world, it can just be something that gets you off social media and into a project. I’ll tell you about a few other things that have helped me feel less blah lately.

AUDIBLE

After trying (unsuccessfully) to listen to a book I really wanted to read on Overdrive, I caved and payed for an Audible subscription. I must say, I think it’s totally worth it! I listened to A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The only downside is that the subscription only covers 1 book a month, and I finished my book in less than 2 weeks! So I’m figuring that out.

WALKS

I LOVE taking walks and now that the weather is warming up in Utah, I’ve been going on more of them! These are some pictures from my favorite walks.

 
 

BUYING GROCERIES ONLINE

One of my coworkers convinced me to buy my groceries online and it has been LIFE-CHANGING. (If you follow me on Instagram you already know this.) I place my order online and I pick it up on my way home from work. I shop at Macey’s and it’s only $1.99 (on top of your order price) to have someone select your groceries and bring them out to the car. It is heavenly. I still go to Winco about 1x a month but I don’t have to go more often than that and I can order things from Macey’s in between.

JOURNALING

I’m learning how to journal more effectively to help me process my feelings and deal with questions I have in my life. I have a journal that’s just for me (meaning I’m not ever going to show it to anybody), and I don’t write in it every day, but I try to write in it semi-frequently and I feel like it’s helped me to find more direction and not feel as overwhelmed at work and at home.

GOOGLE KEEP

If any of you don’t know what Google Keep is, I am about to rock your world. Google Keep is a website where you can take notes on virtual sticky notes. You can share your notes with people, set reminders, and turn them into checkboxes for to-do lists. I have a running list of “Groceries to Buy” that I share with my husband and then some miscellaneous notes for different projects and tasks.

 
 

Anyway, that’s basically it. I still feel blah from time to time, and I think that’s normal, but I’m getting better at finding something to do and not getting overwhelmed. I’m excited for spring and summer and more walks outside in the sunshine.

Thanks for reading!

Rebecca
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