I don’t even know if I can cram all my life updates into five bullet points, but it’s worth a shot.
1. So I’m a new apartment dweller. I live in a modern apartment, something I never envisioned for myself. After being in a cozy carriage house for over a year, I was sure I’d rent something with worn wood floors and built-in bookshelves. But convenience and proximity to downtown won me over. Here’s just a glimpse of life on High Street.
2. Saturday morning I woke up feeling like a piece of crap. I got a terrible cold that thankfully only lasted until Monday, but had on the calendar an event called A Ladies Breakfast Gathering that I hosted at my office. I invited some ladies from the neighborhoods I’m helping do revitalization in to hear about our plans and get to know them outside of neighborhood meetings. It was really encouraging to hear their experiences as neighborhood advocates and I feel like I am able to speak more clearly about why I am in my current role. We ordered some City Bakery pastries, enjoyed coffee and spent a couple hours learning about our strengths and challenges.
3. On Monday, I made the decision to stop being completely sugar free. It was a challenging and successful two weeks of checking label after label and eating very little sugar, but I’m going to start adding fruit back into the mix. Not a ton, but maybe a smoothie here and there and a freaking orange. I am still avoiding sweets, but not as aggressively. Who likes rules anyway? 🙂
4. In general, I like trying new things. Especially in the area of health and wellness. My friend Johanna invited me to Zen Meditation and I knew I had to go. We headed to a little room that was probably the same temperature as the outdoors right now and learned a ton about Buddhism and meditating. I know (or rather knew) very little about this religion and it was really good for me to understand their practices and beliefs. I was raised in a Christian culture and grew up absolutely terrified of other religions. I’m at a healthier point in my spiritual journey and love learning how other people view god and their role on earth. I left feeling very empowered after sitting in the same position and looking at a wall for thirty minutes. It was hard to keep my mind quiet, but I don’t know many people who say that’s especially easy for them, so I’m assuming I’m normal. Yeah?
5. Finally, I am joining efforts with a group called Urban Ambassadors to a) help with their 2014 fundraising event and b) pitch a “seed project” idea I have for our community called Better Block. I’m a total geek and love getting ideas out there and rolling, so going to the UA Seed Project Workshop helped me lay a foundation of success.