Hudson Valley, Mental Health

Rolling with All the Changes

December 10, 2014

Rolling with All the Changes - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Three and a half months later, and so many new things:

New apartment, in a new town.

New jobs. (Three jobs, forty-four hours a week, one day off)

New dog (Juno! You’ll hear more about her soon)

I mean, that’s a lot, right? This autumn has been a season of change. It reminds me of the 2011-2012 winter, when I was newly married, a first-time apartment renter, and starting college full-time. Thankfully, the one constant remains: a supportive husband who is more grounded and adaptable than I could ever be.

But– I’ve been exhausted. That’s the boring reason that I haven’t updated S&S in so long. When I’m not working, I’m mentally and physically drained, or I just want to spend time with Andy and Juno. I’ve barely taken any pictures, so I’m relying on Andy’s always-inspiring Flickr stream to beautify this post (He was standing both on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge and the Hudson waterfront and happened to catch the fog beautifully over the river and Catskills).

Rolling with All the Changes - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Rolling with All the Changes - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Rolling with All the Changes - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

As I read back through some posts from this past spring, it struck me how much I had to say, how much I was on the move. I was brimming with inspiration and content. And then I remind myselfΒ That’s how spring is for me. This is the opposite, it always is.Β I can’t believe that this is my first post since August…! But I can, when I think about how busy I’ve been and how I’ve felt the opposite ofΒ brimming.Β It’s life circumstances, it’s the change of seasons. It is what it is.

(Is there anything new I can say about Seasonal Affective Disorder at this point? Perhaps not)

The point is, I’m here now. I want to be here and part of the blogging community again. I want to give myself the chance to write and see what happens.

Rolling with All the Changes - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Rolling with All the Changes - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

I’ll leave you today with this great TED-Ed animation on depression:

See you back here soon!

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  • Erika December 10, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Yay! It’s so good to hear an update! I’ve missed your blog! And these pictures are gorgeous! πŸ™‚ glad you are back!

    • Christy December 10, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      Thanks so much Erika! I think about you all the time, since I use your postcard as a bookmark πŸ™‚ I’ve read your last few posts but definitely need to catch up on commenting. So glad you are recovering and have such great support!

  • Deb December 10, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Hooray, glad to hear from you on your blog! So many changes
    And they are good, for sure! Keep savoring all
    the sweet parts of life, and share whenever you
    choose!

    • Christy December 10, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      How did I know you would be one of the first few comments? Thanks Mom!

  • Linda Gygax December 10, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Christy!! No joke this week I was thinking I should contact you bcs I hadn’t seen a blog post or fb update in a long while. Wanted to check in on you, and see how you are! πŸ™‚ (hope that doesn’t sound cheezy, but I really meant it- and I know it woulda been REALLY cool if I did smthng before u posted. Know there is love- and slowness).
    Glad to hear you are still here and yay for a new dog! πŸ™‚

    • Christy December 10, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      I appreciate the slow thoughtful love! Everything’s all right here, hope you and your boys are doing well!

  • Carolann December 10, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    So good to see you again! It’s good to take a break with so much going on. Can’t wait to see pics of your pooch! Glad all is well.
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    • Christy December 10, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      Oh yes, I’m putting together the next post now; it’s all about Juno!

  • Hata Trbonja December 10, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Welcome back!!!!
    So good to see you again. Will love hearing about all of your thoughts.
    Big big hugs,
    Hata

    • Christy December 10, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      Thanks Hata, it feels so nice to be welcomed! I’m going to have fun the next couple of days catching up with yours and everyone else’s blogs πŸ™‚

  • Life Breath Present December 10, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Things have been busy for us too, so I haven’t been around. I’m just getting back and do glad to see you around still. I look forward to learning about all the new changes in your life.

    SAD isn’t easy, but to hear that you’re here and want to be here is incredible and so strong! πŸ™‚
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    • Christy December 10, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      Thank you so much, that means a lot. This blog is such a good way for me to feel connected in a lot of ways, because it’s so much more comfortable to write than it is for me to speak a lot of the time.

  • Kelly December 11, 2014 at 6:07 am

    I am so happy to see this update. I understand the slippery slope of SAD…be gentle with yourself. Come to Boston for WITS…it will be Spring (almost) and it’s all about travel…this has your name written all over it. πŸ™‚ Anyway, again, I am so happy to see your post. Wishing you and Andy all the best this holiday season.

    PS–The photos are spectacular, as always. πŸ™‚
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    • Christy December 11, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      Thank you my dear! I think coming to Boston for WITS is a very real possibility πŸ™‚

  • Tamara December 11, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Seeing you in my bloglovin feed this morning was awesome.
    Those fog photos are gorgeous. Was that with his 24-70? I remember him saying how much he loved it.
    This is my worst time of year right now. November – December, although I do love the holiday season. I really do.

    • Christy December 11, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      You know how to make a girl feel good! It’s nice to be back.
      Andy got a new camera recently- Canon 6D, 24-105 lens. He’s been hitting the abandoned spots like crazy, but I prefer shots like these.
      Oh, and I loved the holiday season more last year. I’m kind of ambivalent this year. Oh, well.

  • Alison December 14, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Welcome back! I hope the changes will bring you much blogging inspiration. πŸ™‚
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    • Christy December 15, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      Thank you Alison! I hope so, too πŸ˜‰

  • Rea December 14, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    So nice to read from you again Christy! The photos are breathtaking! Looking forward to more of your posts and photos here.

    • Christy December 15, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      They are, aren’t they? I think these should be the next batch that Andy has printed on metal!

  • AwesomelyOZ December 15, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Thankfully lots of good changes! Hope you’re adapting well and that you have lots of good things coming up this holiday season. πŸ™‚ It’s good to prioritize and sometimes that means blog take a backseat, we all understand. Welcome back and hope you have a great day Christy! -Iva

    • Christy December 16, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      Thanks, Iva! I’m certainly looking forward to at least four days off from work next week and heading out of town. Hope your day is nice, as well!

  • Lisa December 18, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Well welcome back to blogging Christy! Hopefully you’ll get settled down soon and even if you’re working a ton, at least having a routine will be a bit of a destressor. Love the photos! The colours are just absolutely amazing!
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    • Christy December 20, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! Passing on those photo compliments to Andy!

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