I am a creature of habit. I fully admit it. For six or so years, I had pretty much the same daily routine. From the time I woke up, I knew what my day would look like and how I would tackle my to-do list.  From how I got ready in the morning, the route I drove to work, or where I bought groceries, I had a certain way to do most things in my life. I just really like routine. I am not sure if this is normal, or not, but my routine seemed to help keep my life organized. Little things may have changed from day to day, but most aspects of my life were very predictable, and boring, and I loved it.

But then my routine changed. I quit my job, we sold our house, and moved to a different city. A different country. A different continent, and my routine was gone.< P O O F > Just like that.

It's been almost three and a half months since we arrived in Germany, and I am struggling. Struggling to find my new normal. My new routine. Oh, how I crave that old predictability.

I love that we decided to move, and I do love it here! I really do! But, I don't think I have ever felt this challenged on a daily basis. Everyday is an adventure, and I know I am growing and stretching, and that it is really good for me, and that this is where we are supposed to be, but it is also exhausting! I know that having a routine again will help de-clutter my brain, but how does one go about creating a new routine when everyday has a different schedule? This is the question I keep asking myself.

So dear readers, I will put this question to you - how do you create routine when life seems chaotic and unorganizable? Are you a person that needs routine, or can you just live on the fly? How do you keep organized?  Do you have a daily/weekly/monthly planner or calendar? Or perhaps a neat app on your phone? I would love to hear your ideas.


  1. I'm a bit of both I guess. I like routine for certain things, but I get bored quite easily and need to do things outside the box (hence why I love to travel as often as I can). I know how hard it is to move away from everything you have ever known. It does eventually get easier, just take one day at a time. Being in school doesn't help either, I'm sure. Maybe try to take control of the things you can. For example cleaning and cooking. You could try to create a weekly planner for getting those things done. If not just try to embrace the craziness, do things that relax you and help clear your mind

    1. Thanks Marcia! It feels good to know I am not alone, and that it is normal to be feeling this way after moving to a new place. :) I think you are right that it will help if I can find some routine in a few areas, and then build on top of that. And yes, I need to take a few moments when I am feeling overwhelmed to just breathe and remember that this is a big change, and it will get easier. :) Love you! xoxo


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