May 19, 2016

Thirty Days Later…What Is Normal?

And I'm feeling all kinds of emotions.

The past two mornings I've woken up in my parent's home and felt so disoriented. While it was nice being back in the USA where maps made sense in English and we knew where everything was located, it was quite weird being home. Because really, we're not home, yet.

Normally when you come back from a vacation, long or short, it takes a bit but you get back to normal. In fact, finding the normal is often what we aspire to do. The reseting of a routine is crucial to our equilibrium, even if we'd rather still be on vacation. Once we're home, things get back to the status quo and normal.

But that's not us right now. I maybe be heading to work today, later than normal thankfully, but it's not to get back to normal. I will be training my replacement not just catching up and relocking into work mode.

We are no longer living out a of a carry on [never been so happy to see my clothes], but we are still living out of suitcases. Half of my stuff is in storage and the other half is divided between different rooms and boxes at my parent's house.

Cooking our own meals, the gym and seeing friends is all on my to do list but it's from a different angle. I'm cooking in my mother's kitchen. I'm going to the gym and not teaching every week. I'm filling my calendar to the brim to see everyone before we move.

I'm not complaining, I'm not venting and I'm not feeling sorry for myself. I'm just feeling. The past thirty days were days of a dream it seems. Everything was go, go, go and we were hopping around like crazy seeing sights and breathing in culture. It was amazing. It was incredible. It was the trip of a lifetime. But, like all trips it had to end and we had to come back to reality. But this time it wasn't our 'normal' reality.

A new reality. A reality not already planned. A reality of new jobs, resumes, bills to come and new places to explore. While we were traveling I offhandedly said to Le Husband "I miss our bed". This was probably after three hotels or so and it was just that feeling of 'this is comfy but not what my body is used too'. He looked at me and said "Me too. And who knows the next time we'll be in OUR bed".

Talk about truth. There will be a bunch of temporary homes in our future and we are so blessed to have them. But, I don't think NORMAL will be here until we finally find our place and unpack and sleep on our bed. So here's to the abnormal and the new adventure.

I'll have recaps up next week, things are still bit crazy to find time really blog. Hopefully I can show my face around your blogs today and tomorrow. I feel so out of the blog loop and won't be able to read all your posts from the past month. Shout out the ones you really think I should read and I'll make sure to stop on by before the week is over.

I missed y'all something fierce. Thank you to everyone that kept reading and commenting while I was away. It was so fun trying to find a way to share my experience with y'all. Holla at an Instagram!

And since we all know you can't post without a picture, here's one of my favorites from the trip!


29 comments:

Kathy@MoreCoffeeLessTalky said...

welcome back!! looking forward to your europe recap. when do you move into your own place?
and you guys are 100000% right - you can be in the most beautiful place but there's nothing as comfy as your own bed in your own home!

kerri @ cheshire kat said...

welcome home friend! i can imagine it is SO weird to come home after all that. and not even to your "home" you know. it'll all get sorted. what a lovely experience you guys had and i cant wait to read more!

xoxo cheshire kat

Nikki said...

Welcome back! Welcome to the next step in your grand journey! Hopefully your next steps with your move will be seamless and God has your back!

BLovedBoston said...

I can only imagine what a whirlwind of emotions you're feeling right now!! Knowing you're not going back to your old routine is tough, but so much fun ahead!

Julie @ Just the Joy's said...

Going through so much change may be emotional and tough at times, but soon you will be starting a new chapter and all these temporary reality memories will be great times you'll have to look back on! I can kind of relate because we are living a "new" normal and it's just not the same as "home"! Welcome back!!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I can't imagine coming home from vacation and craving my routine and not really getting to get to it. Good thoughts to all the future adjustments. It will be worth it!

LMW said...

So glad to have you back!

Sierra: Beautifully Candid said...

So glad to hear you had an amazing trip and looking forward to reading more about it! I can totally relate to you with feeling out of your routine and out of the norm. We are also in a temporary living situation and while I know the end result once that comes will be amazing it's very hard to keep it in mind since there is not much on the horizon for us at the moment. Hopefully you will find a sense normal with your new situation and it will all fall into place. Beautifully Candid

Liz Jo said...

Welcome back! 30 days is a long trip! You'll get back to a rythm and groove that works for yall.

liz @ j for joiner

Nikki @ makeupHER said...

Welcome back girl!! I feel in a funk after a weekend away so I can't imagine how it feels after 30 days!! I'm sure you'll go back to your normal soon enough :)!

Rebecca Jo said...

So you just know that 'crazy' is your new normal - for now anyways :) Thats ok - you'll get used to the upheavel & then when you do get your new home, it'll feel even more amazing.

Foxy's Domestic Side said...

Welcome back! That picture is pretty amazing...your life, wow, so much going on...you go this! Can't wait for the recaps!

Sara Elizabeth said...

YES to everything in this post!! I hear you, I feel you, and I get you! Welcome home!

Brianne said...

Welcome back! I can't wait to read about the trip. I hope that you two are able to get back into a rhythm with your new temporary reality & that your transition into your new jobs & home go smoothly!

Erin LFF said...

Welcome back friend! I'm sure you're a huge mix of emotions right now so I hope you can ease back into things and into the next phase of adventure as well :) I wasn't necessarily commenting on your travel blog but I was reading along and loving the pics and info!!!

Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld said...

Welcome back and good luck with everything! I can't imagine the turmoil that you're in right now with everything turned upside down!

Shelby | Recent Somethings said...

Welcome back! And "this too shall pass" :)

Missy said...

Welcome back! Good luck, I know limbo stinks but it is temporary! And enjoy the gym as a regular and not an instructor, it will be good to focus that great energy on YOU!

Emily said...

Welcome home girl friend! I can only imagine how hard it is to readjust without actually being able to settle into your own home. I hope the next few days are easy on you and I look forward to reading your recaps and travel adventures.

Katie Elizabeth said...

So glad you're back! I'm always in a funk after being gone, so I can only imagine how strange it is to feel a bit displaced. But just think of it as a continuation of your adventure! :) And your bed will feel soooo good when you do get to it!!

The Siberian American said...

Welcome back! I know how disorienting it can be when your life is changing so quickly!

Jessica (The Newly) said...

I can imagine how discombobulating it must feel to come back from such a long trip, and still not feel like you are quite "at home." But what an amazing trip to remember for years and years to come, and to one day share with your children. Loved seeing all the photos on IG, and was so jealous!!!:) I know everything will fall into place for you guys as you take your next steps, but these next few weeks are sure to feel a bit strange and very eventful. Can't wait to follow along as you guys begin the journey to your new home!

PS: LOVE that you took a bit of P&M with you on your trip:)

Jen said...

You guys had such an amazing 30 days and I can only imagine how it feels coming back.

Kait said...

WELCOME HOME! I have SO missed you around here :) I can't wait to see what the future holds..!

Carolyn said...

BAH! Welcome back! I can't imagine all the emotions you're feeling! I'm in awe of how well you're handling the chaos! HAHA It's all fun and exciting but it's definitely chaos! I can't wait to follow along and hear all about your crazy exciting next few months!

Tracy said...

A trip like that would require a lot of recovery and readjusting even if you were coming home to your normal routine! Add in another big life event like moving and man, you have a lot going on. Nothing wrong with feeling overwhelmed as you try to process the awesome experience you just had and all the changes you have coming up. Best of luck figuring out your new normal and getting acclimated!

Carly Blogs Here said...

That's such a great picture. Coming back from a trip-- even a few days or a week takes adjusting when you're going back to your same routine, so I can only imagine how it feels coming back from a month to something totally different and new-- which is so exciting :)

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

I know exactly what you're talking about, but I have no doubts that you will be able to embrace the abnormal and view it as a chance to make some amazing memories!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

aww what a lovely photo! i am insanely behind on blog reading, but i am happy you are back. i can't imagine how hard it is to come back and not be straight back into normal, i hope you all find a new normal soon.
oh and i got your sweet postcard yesterday!! made me teary and smile. you are the sweetest!!