I had originally planned to take "a photo an hour" for this assignment or even just a few decent photos from during an average day of my life, but I failed. I attempted it a few times within the past week, but I have to admit that my life has drastically changed lately. Discussing your average day is difficult to do when your average schedule turns a complete 180°.
Last week, my average day consisted of waking early (very early) to pack snacks and fix breakfast for Hub before he left for work. After he was well on his way, I'd make coffee or hot tea and a light breakfast for myself. Sometimes I'd watch TV while I ate, but more often I'd get online to blog and check social media and search for jobs. I'd spend at least two or three hours doing this and editing photos and working on the photography business.
Recently, I also started spending about an hour or so sitting on the back deck with a notepad, several colorful pens, a cup of coffee, and my camera to take in all the scenery and the morning air and to spend time with our furbaby. I thoroughly enjoyed these mornings. It was becoming as much routine as blogging. There's an entirely different state of mind that is awakened when writing by hand rather than typing.
Eventually, I'd take a walk around the neighborhood or do a quick workout in the living room before taking a shower. Then I'd do some housework, laundry, pay bills, or file paperwork -- whatever was begging for attention. I'd plan dinner and prep anything that required thawing or marinating. Sometimes I'd get back online later to browse the latest updates. And once per week I'd make a grocery run during the late afternoon hours.
Dinner was usually ready or almost ready by the time Hub came home from work. We'd sit together and eat, usually in front of the television. (Since we don't have kids yet, it's easy to get away with eating in the living room.) We'd catch up on recent events and spend some time together just enjoying each others' company. Then I'd clean the kitchen, check on the dog for the night, and we'd go to bed.
However, all that is different now. As of Monday, I have a full-time job again. I haven't said anything about it here (on the blog) yet because I don't quite know what to say. It's back to the old grindstone and, to be honest, I totally miss my days at home. I miss having set days and times to complete chores and pay bills and exercise. I miss having morning coffee with the dog. It's harder to blog regularly. It's harder to do anything regularly, except go to work, go to bed, and wake up to do it all over again.
Fortunately, I enjoy the new job quite a lot. There are lots of perks and incentives and so far I've met many great personalities. I can't yet say whether or not this is my new life's path, but it's my path for now and I'm excited to take it. I'm not giving up on writing or photography, though I may have to hire someone to clean our house occasionally... or not. I guess I'm just taking it one day at a time until something feels completely right. And that's that.
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