Transitioning: Finding Rhythm Again

I resigned from my job.

A mix of emotions filled me, but I knew it was time to step into a new chapter. The last 2-3 weeks have a swirl of change and transition. I’ll be honest, the last month has been a whirlwind. Not necessarily in a negative sense, but so much has been shifting and transforming. I knew as I stepped into this transition, literally with changing jobs, I knew it was time to find rhythm again.

Summer was good to me. And with summer, came a lot of laughter and experiences, but rhythms and routines took the backseat and that’s ok. There’s no shame there. But, this personal life change ignited something in me. Between my favorite season starting to getting a new job, I felt a deep need to start fresh to find rhythm again.

It is hard in the middle of change to find steadiness. Nothing feels secure when things are changing.  But, for me, I find it is crucial that I find rhythm again. In order to succeed in my next step, to do well with what is before me, I have to ground myself.

But what does this look like? How do we find rhythm again? Change can be scary and hard. It is often unfamiliar and uncomfortable. How do we stay centered---grounded in the midst of transition?

I think paying attention to what is happening around us is one way. Nature shows us that transitioning from one season to another takes time. Spring into Summer, Summer into Fall, Fall into Winter, and Winter into Spring does not happen all at once. Piece by piece, moment by moment, our natural surroundings transform and shift. Why not the same for us? I know seasons in our lives don’t follow the natural seasons. Our “winters” can go longer while our “springs” and “summers” seem to be a 24-hour gig. Either way, every season has a transition and it is a step by step journey.

With that said, this process has been ongoing and mostly practical. Finding rhythm again has looked like taking a few minutes, even if it was just 5-10 minutes and dreaming again what my rhythm and routine needed to be with my Rhythm and Routine Worksheet. It was deciding what I wanted to prioritize. It looked like defining self-care and creating a sort of “self-care” schedule, fleshing out what I want to do daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly. I’m that person. Planning out in this way, gives me vision and perspective.  It has also looked like just being responsible, like getting my car maintained and cleaning my room.

If there is anything that I’ve learned and continue learn about planning, rhythms, and routines, is that it takes the practical work and a lot of leaning and trusting. Let’s be real, some days don’t go as planned. Curveballs are thrown our way and what we expect isn’t what we get. That’s honestly life and I think we all know that. I think in the midst of transition, the most important thing is to lean into and trust the space you are in. Yes, have a plan or an outline, but also give yourself room to be in this space.

I think that’s the biggest thing I’ve learned in this journey of finding rhythms and building routines. Sometimes it doesn’t go exactly as planned, but the point of it all is not a perfect schedule or routine but protecting what matters. If your morning coffee looks like a short stop on the way to work versus a slow moment in your kitchen, it’s ok. Some days look like that. So long as you’re protecting what matters, the rhythm and routine can be fluid.

That’s what I’m leaning into as I find rhythm again as I transition. I’ve done the practical steps and have created all the things, but I’m also reminding myself in all the finding that the point is not perfection, it’s protection. Daily making room for what matters most.

 

How about you? How are you transitioning as summer has ended and fall is here? Do you have a daily routine? If so, what’s your favorite part?