I know this post usually comes out on a Friday, so please forgive me. I pretty much crashed on Thursday evening, early, and didn’t have a chance to get anything written on Friday. And then it was the weekend!
- I went to a really amazing wedding Saturday. I went by myself, and was a bit nervous about finding people to talk to. But I shouldn’t have worried as I was definitely not the only person there by myself. The mother of the bride tried to pair me up with a single guy (guess that is what I have in store for me now at these things) but um…yeah..no sparks whatsoever. Nice guy, but just not for me. And really, I’m so focused on making plans to move that I don’t even want to date anyway! Still…it is a bit hard to attend these things on your own and see all the other couples there. However, I have to admit, as I was looking at everyone smiling, and many dancing (I don’t dance standing up, only chair dancing for me, thanks!), I wondered to myself, if they were really that happy or were they just putting on a show? And I wondered, if I were still married today, would I be really happy or would I just be putting on a show?
- I’ve been running more lately and I feel a difference in my mental outlook on the days I do run. With working so many jobs lately, it’s been hard to motivate myself to get out there because I’m sometimes just so tired. But I’ve been rewarded with some really beautiful sunrises lately, and when I see that, I know I’m doing something right for me. Even if my entire day goes to crap after that run, I still have that beautiful memory of the sky and the reservoir or the river in my brain to fall back on.
- A good friend of mine, Kelvin, who writes the blog, Going Uncomplicated, wrote up a post last week titled When Sentimental is No Longer Sentimental and it just really got me going into one of those moods where I wanted to throw away or donate or sell a lot of stuff. So I started checking out which of my books Amazon would take for their trade-in store. I also found that Powell’s Books in Portland, OR, will also do some trade-ins with you as well, so I’m sending three books to them this week. They pay the postage, so it costs me nothing other than the packaging, and well, since I work in a library…trust me, finding boxes is not a problem for me! I already feel lighter having cleared out one filing cabinet worth of stuff at home, and two recycle bins worth at work. Not to mention the amount of student loan documents I scanned earlier today and then shredded. If you ever want to sense something, shred some of your paper clutter. As it goes through the shredder, well, it’s a feeling of winning out over the paper. [Ok, at least that’s what I tell myself. Don’t tell me if I’m wrong in doing this.]
- At the wedding I mentioned above, I was seated next to a girl and her boyfriend. Turns out, she had worked as a librarian in an academic setting up until about 5 years ago. She said that now she is a farmer (she manages an organic farm.) She told me she basically up and moved from NJ to VT and started learning everything there was to know about farming. She said she lived very minimally at first as she only earned about $10/hour. I felt like “yes, she’s been seated near me for a reason, and it’s to remind me that it is possible! You can leave a job that everyone thinks you should do to do something that makes you happy.” So I asked her for advice on how to deal with people who mean well but are very fearful for you, that it might not work out, because I do get that a lot. I try to not let their insecurities add to my own but it can be difficult. As this other girl, Sarah, said to me, “a lot of people like security and want or need things to be safe.” So true.
- Coffee. Working all these early am morning shifts at the gym, let’s just say the gym would never open without my having two cups before I leave the house. Enough said.
- I think the scooter not working out was supposed to happen. I’ve changed my mind about what kind of RV I am now looking for because of it. (More of that in a later post, but let’s just say I am back on the minimalizing train and it feels great!) I’m just thankful I can look at it that way. A few years ago, my mindset would have just kept obsessing about it, and not in a good way. And true, I did at first, but not so much anymore. 🙂
- As I was leaving for work today, I saw that my bike chain had come off the gears. I have no idea why, because it was fine last night when I came home from my full-time job (we work occasional weekend shifts during the school year.) Being an idiot, and it being 5:15 or so, I started to freak out, and finally gave up, running inside to put away my bike and then try to hail a cab. Something told me yesterday to keep the cash in my wallet that I had taken out for the wedding but hadn’t spent, and thankfully I had it in my wallet to pay the cabbie. Only got here two minutes late today, and the people who were here early know I’m always on time to open the gym, and were very understanding. Maybe my still having all my reflective gear on that I wear to ride the bike told them that it really was an honest reason as to why I was late? 🙂
- We’ve been blessed with summer-like weather here in Boston the past few days. I’m so not complaining!
Anyway, I hope that all of your Mondays have started out much less eventfully than mine…if you’ve liked this post, please hit like or subscribe!