So, today is Cherchez La Vie. If you remember, many, many moons ago I was tasked with creating a holiday central to who I am. I decided to make Cherchez La Vie which basically means ‘the search for life’ (or so a french friend advised). On the last Saturday of July and December (6 months), I do a re-evaluation of my life. The day is usually filled with yoga, or some mindful act: meditation, cleaning, organizing, eating healthy food, etc. I also make a list of goals that I want to achieve in the next 6 months.
Some are as simple as “make a healthier meal at least once a week” or “try out new recipes” (from July 2019’s list). Some are bigger, like “get a gym membership” (from the same list). I currently work out at 24 Hour Fitness, by the way. Goal Accomplished.
In 2020 I want to add some things to my list! I want to lose 15lbs in the next 6 months. I am setting a realistic goal – with school and Naomi and writing – and hoping to tone as well. I want to meditate more, even if it is only 5-10 minutes a day. I definitely plan to write more- whether it’s for novels, creative nonfiction essays, or blog posts. I just want to do what I love…more. For a complete list of my Cherchez La Vie 2019 goals click here!
I’d love to hear what your goals are for the next 6 months! What do you want to accomplish? How do you want to start your 2020 off? If you have any New Year Resolutions I want to hear these as well. Now…
Week 4 Summary:
This month has been amazing. Let me just say, I feel like a different person. This week I reaffirmed my thoughts on my career choice. I’d love to be a Professor and I will be one. It’s been a lifelong dream that I was talked out of pursuing by any and everyone when I was graduating from college. “Dont go to school for English”, “You need to do something that makes money”, and “How do you plan to get a job?” were just a few things that derailed my dreams. When I was a kid I would daydream little scenes of me standing before a class. I’d have my little messenger bag and my cool accent. I’d spark banter between students and inspire them to think about creative writing and novels in entirely new ways. It’s just crazy how much I WANTED it.
But no looking back. I’m on track now and my dreams are still coming true. One thing that would help me achieve these dreams is going to grad school. This means I need to decide which grad school to go to. I spent almost two full days looking at schools with fully funded programs. I’ve found some great selections and I’m quite excited about it.
This week, in Naomi’s development, is all about screaming. And when I say screaming, I’m really talking about HIGH PITCHED BANSHEE SCREAMS. She loves it. She leans back, tightens her legs, and screams as loud as she can. It’s crazy. She also fake coughs. I’ll come running because I think she might be choking on something and nope, she’s smiling from ear to ear. It’s wild. One great thing about Naomi’s development is that she is eating more real food now. I’ve been happy to find baby food at the store that is 100% veggies or meat, etc. I was seriously worried about that and finding brands that are organic or whole make me happy and feel like my daughter is getting the best. And I try it myself and it’s so good. If anything, that’s a great indicator.
Another thing happening this week: I need to choose a computer. As an English student, most of my school work is writing essays or creative writing pieces. There’s no way I’m going to be able to do all of this by hand or at the school library. I need to get one that also means I need to sell the car ASAP. One bill to replace another. C’est La Vie. Ugh. If you have any suggestions for great computers I’ll take them, under a $900 budget. Otherwise I’m using the money saved for the car and not the things I need it for. Ugh…again.
I mentioned in another post that I would seriously like to become a pescatarian and man, oh man. The price of fish is so high. I bought a huge Salmon filet and it was literally twice (and change) the price of a huge pack of chicken breast. That chicken breast could feed the two of us for several dishes – multiple meals. That’s one of the crazy things about life as well. Everyone talks about how unhealthy or overweight Americans are. It makes me wonder why healthy foods are always just so much more expensive than unhealthy foods. Why does a quick salad cost $9 but a cheeseburger costs $1.25? What sense does that make?
I’ll jump off that soap box real quick. My word for 2020 is going to be Mindful. I want to be MINDFUL in everything that I do. Cleaning, writing, grocery shopping, cooking, meal prep for school so I don’t starve, etc. So if you see that word throughout my posts for 2020, that’s why. What is your word?