It's an adjustment period
In case you need to hear it, I give you full permission to take the week off. ❤️ I know the thoughts and feelings you describe so well. My kids are mostly grown now, but looking back I wish I'd given myself the chance to rest and recharge without guilt when they finally went back to school each year.
Lean into the rest. It will tell you where to go next 💘💘💘 glad you’re back safely, take all the time you need!
That’s why we’re here despite ridiculous prices.
Hang in there. Going through the say exact thing now. Back to LA after summer in England. Moving, starting a new pre-school, looking for a new job all that once and learning to tell myself it's okay to be slow/lazy/crazy & eat chocolate for dinner.
"I’m ambling my way there, feeling, with each step, the changing ground under my feet." Gosh, I LOVE that line, Abby!! It feels like motherhood in a nutshell in so many ways - and also the PERFECT description of a transition period. Sending you love & hugs & grace upon grace! I hope you can take gentle care of yourself during this tumultuous time. xoxo
Love the pic - my kids were making mud pies on that mound on Saturday. Such a beautiful spot.
Hope you find some peace and progress in the transition!
Hi Abby! I’ve missed your writing.
Tough season - we’re going through the same. Spent months in the Netherlands only to come home to a blazing hot Houston (seriously, our “feels like” has been 110 once a day for at least three weeks) I miss the outdoors. I miss my bike! I didn’t miss my car. But I did really miss our routine, so it’s a “two things can be true”situation.
Wishing you a peaceful transition 🌸
Oof that is a tough re-entry!
Reminding myself of this when I romanticise the ideal of a sabbatical - I’m changing jobs on 1 September and restarting the sabbatical clock so it’s awhile off.
Hopefully the kids get settled in school and all returns to normal soon!
I feel all of this though none of it is the same as my situation. My toddler is starting daycare twice a week beginning tomorrow, and I am simultaneously elated for the time I’ll get to myself when not at work AND dreading the changes to our routine (and the sickness!). Here’s to embracing the transition times.
The way I feel you were talking just to me. The girls started school this week and if I make one plan during the time they are in school it feels like the entire day is ruined because I truly need to just down and sleep for a week.
I’m feeling much of this in my own very particular transition period right now. With you in that effort to gentle myself into the now: it is what it is.