When I was a single-college student, no day was the same. True, class, work, and homework were first priority, but other than that, it was freedom. I could roam the small town of Provo myself, or go on adventures with my friends. Dating also made life interesting.
When Justin and I were first married, again, no day was the same. True, I went to teach every day and Justin had to work and do homework every day, but there were so many news. Each day of teaching was a brand new experience for me, Justin and I would try different restaurants, and go on different dating adventures.
But, as soon as we had Rhys, life started to slow a little. It was the same thing every day. The only thing that made each day interesting was Rhys–just watching him grow made every day interesting.
It still does. I love watching my boy grow and develop and discover. But, one of the hardest things about becoming a stay-at-home-mom without a car (Justin takes our only car to work with him), I kept getting cabin fever. Last summer, I shared Rhys and my daily schedule. It was the same every day. And, when it started getting cold, we couldn’t even go outside anymore. I started to get real bored and crave going out, anywhere. My life was monotonous and it was a contributing factor for my anxiety and depression.
Little by little, I was able to make the most of each day. It took a while, and sometimes, I still feel bored with my life. But, there are ways to try to overcome a monotonous life.
Change up your path
Rhys and I try to go outside as often as we can. In the warm weather, we typically just went to the park. But, then, I decided to get a bike trailer. Now, when it’s not freezing cold, we bike around the city and visit different shops, or explore new neighborhoods. If you run outside, don’t take the same path. Mix it up. Find different parks for your kids to play at.
Go on family outings
Since we only have one car, the places where I can get to are limited. At least three times a week, when Justin gets home, we all hop in the car and go out. Sometimes we go to game shops and look at the pre-owned games. Sometimes we run errands. Sometimes we just walk around malls. Sometimes, we go out to eat. It’s always nice to just get out of the house whether or not you actually have a point to do so.
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Focus on the little things
There is a little plaque on my fireplace mantle that says, “Enjoy the little things in life for one day, you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” I try to take that to heart. Ann Voskamp has also really changed my view on the little things–she is even thankful to God for a bubble! Find something good about each day. Whether it be something you achieved, something cute your child did, or something you saw outside. I really tend to focus on Rhys, now, and I am awed daily by his growth and development.