As you know, I’m a writer, blogger, motorcycle rider, new wife, Mother, Grandmother, small business owner and on…… Last year I remarried and moved for the 42nd time in my life. That number alone helps you understand this blog!
I love where I now live, have a wonderful husband and life, but have had to figure out lots of new things. Since we combined two households, there was a lot to get rid of and then maneuver the combining process. Where do I put my stuff? What about his stuff? My brain remembers where things were in my previous home but can’t seem to remember where I put them in the new home just one month ago. In addition, many of my things are in a shed we purchased last year and are currently buried.
For the last few months, I’ve been trying to decide where to put all my writing stuff – books, notes, notebooks, computer, iPad, pens, pencils, Bibles, Commentaries – and, where to put myself. Yesterday I went to the shed to try locating a box with some books and bibles in it. However, my son’s things are now in my shed also, meaning that I couldn’t even get to my boxes to locate the one I needed. Also, it’s cold right now so I gave up, telling myself that, right now, it doesn’t matter.
The other dilemma is where do I write? When I was single, I sat in my chair because there were no interruptions. But that changed (happily) and I am adjusting. At this moment, I am sitting in my very comfortable chair, in the living room, with one dog at my side, the television is on and my husband is sitting on the couch. It’s not ideal, but I completed online college in a similar chair with the television on and my first husband sitting in another chair! So, I can do it but it’s less than ideal. I have a plan to convert one room into a writing room enabling me to actually close the door and focus more, but I can’t do it right now. I’m primarily writing by sitting at our kitchen counter, which is really big, spreading out my tools and writing. Most of the time this works out well. My dogs do not agree since they prefer to sit next to me on the chair. If they can’t do that, they spend their time jumping up at me as I sit on the tall stool at the counter.
I’ve also added many writing tools. For instance, I bought a new backpack. After ending my career as a Realtor, I didn’t need a briefcase or the large backpack I had. I searched and searched on Amazon and found one I really like. Here’s a link in case you want to see it. I’ve also purchased apps which are also very helpful to me – Scrivener, Evernote and Adobe Acrobat Pro for instance. I try to use as many free apps as I can – Canva, Dropbox, and Waterlogue. They’re all installed on my MacBook Pro, iPad, and iPhone, enabling me to work anywhere with any one of them. The thing is – talk about “new” things! Most of these apps are all new to me. More new things I’m figuring out.
Perhaps you are saying – big deal. Why write a blog about this? I write about it because we all have to deal with figuring out new things and new situations. Even when the new thing is a good thing, it can still be frustrating at times. I have a thing about colored pens, and, at this moment, I can’t find the box of the ones I love. They’re in that same shed with the books and Commentaries I can’t find. Again, can I live without them? Yes, but…
In the past 3 1/2 years I have been widowed, survived cancer, moved twice, worked 3 jobs and then retired, and remarried. There has been a lot of figuring out new things, bad and good.
Let me encourage you – it can all be good if you let it be. Life doesn’t always change at quite the pace I just described, but when it does, you can get through it. I like to learn new things even though I get frustrated with them along the way. There were some things I never wanted to learn about, yet those were the very things that taught me the most. Life really is what we make it.