A “New Normal”

Be Here Now

I don’t recommend getting used to having anything stay the same for long. Especially when you are someone like me who wants to be the best version of herself. Without question being a better version of myself involves constant change. And as I have been brutally reminded these past weeks. I need to ease into change. I need time to get used to the change(s). And then reorganize my day and/or my life so that the change(s) simply become my “new normal”.

Green Heart

The truth? It’s easy to reorganize my life. Or day. When the changes don’t happen all at once. That’s when rather than lose my sanity, I prioritize. My home. Family. Grad School. Work. And no. I am not a priority to myself when everyone and everything else needs to be my priority. Deadlines. Cooking dinner. Working. There isn’t enough time in the day for anything about me. Literally. Running can even become less of a priority if I am not careful. And I know. That you know. Exactly what I am talking about.
And that is where July and almost August went. Overtaken by change and my priorities. Big changes. And an overwhelming number of priorities. All at once.

Kokanee Goodbye

My old pup took a turn for the worse.

Heart Leaf

I adjusted to working at my new job. But my days didn’t get any longer. That when my prioritizing started working overtime.

I made it through finals and completing my final projects with my Summer courses. The pressure I put on myself to make the Dean’s List for a third term? Well. It paid off.

Quilt One

I made a quilt for my niece.

Quilt Two

I made another quilt for the Mr’s daughter’s baby on the way. Which will technically make me a grandmother soon. But I refuse to let that make me feel old. Okay. Refusing is a stretch. I am trying.


Buckaroo and I found our first Geocache. Its safe to say, I am obsessed.

Heart Rock

The #100 happy challenge on Instagram I am doing really helped me look for the good in every day. Even on the horrible days. And its not to late for you to start the challenge. I would love you to join me!

Waiting for Bean

I went back and forth from the hospital for  waiting for my nephew to be born. My sister’s labor was high risk. The Mr. stayed home with old pup. My little pup wouldn’t leave her side. But its not the same. I knew I would never forgive myself if old pup passed away without me or the Mr being with her. 


Old pup passed away the same day my nephew was born. She was nearly 15 years old.  The Mr. didn’t tell me until after my nephew was born. So I left the hospital, picked up Princess and met the Mr. at the vet to have old pup cremated. Then Princess and I went back up to the hospital to see my nephew. I really don’t know how to put in words what those series of moments on that day felt like.

waiting for Olive

Less than three days later I headed to the hospital in the city and I waited for my niece to arrive.

Bean and Olive

I feel so blessed to be a part of both my amazing sister’s births. My nephew and niece are perfect.

White Heart

Today I am adjusting to having old pup gone. Starting my courses for Fall. And feeling like. This. Today. Everything that is on my plate at this moment. Is my “new normal”. And its manageable when I can make time for running more often.

Which means I can also come back to something that is about me. For me. Which is blogging. Running. And sharing my life with all of you. Seeing what all of you have been up too. With some form of consistency. In some ways I will be picking up where I left off. Stay tuned. I have some a-may-zing reviews to share with you. And so. So. Much more.

How is your Tuesday going?

What did you done today to be active?

I sure have missed all of you, thank you to those who have reached out to me!  Until next time, always be true to yourself and think like a boss!


19 thoughts on “A “New Normal”

  1. I am so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine how torn your heart is right now. We had a death in the family last week and found out our cousin is expecting on the same day. The emotional roller coaster is difficult but this too shall pass. Sending happy thoughts.


    • Yeah it’s been rough, I’ve noticed some days more than others. I’m sorry to hear about your loss! It’s so challenging to have such sad and happy moment(s) happen so close together. Sending hugs and happy thoughts your way too! ❤️


  2. Hi, just had to say something, don’t know quite what. I can relate to many things that you are experiencing including turning to running and blogging as a source for balance. Thanks for sharing such a loaded post. Geocache is a good reminder for my neglected adventures, and you gave me ideas for instagram pics. Sorry for your loss. I had an old pup myself who passed away at 17. No matter how your busy life distracts you, certain things deserve your time and attention – your heart and well being. We are so lucky to be able to run.


  3. Change is good. Right? Sounds like you’ve definitely got a lot going on. I, too, constantly fight the balance between all of the demands. I’m in the beginning stages of a new effort to get back to running. I’m religiously doing the physical therapy exercises for my groin and then trying to run a couple of days a week. Two saturdays ago, I went for a walk that turned into a jog/walk. I managed to jog for about 1.5 miles before the muscle started feeling week and I could feel the spot where the tear occurred pulling. So I walked the rest of the day. Then did my exercises every day for the next week. Went for a run this past Sunday and jogged three miles without that pulling and soreness. Did my exercises Sunday night and again yesterday and just got back from another three mile jog with similar results. I’m slower than I was, but, hey, I jogged three miles twice in the past three days. We’ll see how it goes. I don’t know that I’ll ever run another half marathon again, but if I can run 3-5 miles several times a week, I’ll be a much happier camper.


    • I am so excited to hear about your running! I hope your trip was awesome and the big changes you were doing for yourself are still going well! That goes for your writing going well too! 😊 I can relate to running a half I don’t know what it is but life seems to get in the way big time when I make that goal. I seriously feel like I do better with running when I am not training and just running because I want to/love to! 😊


      • The running is the first step in turning the page. Planning another three miles tomorrow. Every day is a battle to give up beer. And I’m really struggling with writing, but I had an idea today that I’m now working on at home. A way to introduce a little more excitement into a story I’ve been struggling with. Will see how it goes. I’m a work in progress. 😉


  4. I’m so sorry about the passing of your old pup. I know that is hard, let alone all the other amazing things that you wrote about in this post. I don’t know if I have ever read a post with so much content! Congrats on the Deans List and the births of your niece and nephew. Keep plugging along. It was good catching up!!! 🙂


  5. I cried…I am so sorry Kimmie or your loss of old pup. It takes me back 10 months and how much I think of Jenny on a daily basis….old pup will NEVER leave your heart…but you already know that!!!
    Congrat’s on making the dean’s list….what an amazing accomplishment.
    Please remember that if you don’t take time for yourself….you cannot be the best possible version of you….you are worth it!!! Hugs!!!


    • Awe reading you cried made me cry, it’s rough and I too think of my pup throughout the day, there are all kinda of reminders of her around the house and yard. 😕
      And you are so right! I’m still working on being kinder to myself, I think it’s one of my biggest challenges not putting others needs before my own. Huge hugs to you! ❤️


  6. I am really sorry about what happened to you. I know how hard it is to loose a pet and that almost made me cry. Everything that happened to you seems dry overwelming but you seem like a very strong person. It gets better everyday. Duchess died three years ago and i miss her every single day but at least it doesn’t hurt me like it did in the past. Good luck.


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