Monday again. Sigh. Why oh why do the weekends have to go by so quickly?!?! At least it was a good one (‘specially toward the end when Nate got home), right? OH, and I have to say I was glad to hear that so many of you sleep with the lights and/or TV on when your significant other is gone…makes me feel a little more normal 😉
Breakfast yesterday was from Nate: pancakes!!! They were seriously so good…I had two, each with a little butter and drizzle of syrup. YUM!
After church we went out to lunch with our Michael, Cherise, and their 4 kiddos. We decided to eat at 3 Margaritas, which is one of the only decent (in my opinion) Mexican places in the area. I got the Champignon burrito: mushrooms, black beans, spinach, oh my!
Nate and I went shopping for some new skillets and pots before heading home. Some of the things we got from our wedding were starting to wear out, and we were able to find the exact same things at HomeGoods for a lot less! Upon getting home we pretty much instantly fell asleep…for 4 hours. No big deal.
Dinner was the last of my In A Jiffy Spelt Burger Pockets…but I de-veganized it by adding a pinch of cheese. It was delicious!
I just have to say that Angela’s post yesterday really spoke to me a lot. It’s basically about how she purchased Eat Pray Love and included a part from the book about doing things you really want to do:
“For years, I’d wished I could speak Italian- a language I find more beautiful than roses- but I could never make the practical justification for studying it…What was I going to do with Italian? It’s not like I was going to move there. It would be more practical to learn how to play the accordion.
But why must everything have a practical application? I’d been such a diligent soldier for years- working, producing, never missing a deadline, etc. Is this lifetime supposed to be only about duty?…It’s not like I was saying at age 32, ‘I want to become the principal ballerina for the NYC ballet.” Studying a language is something you can actually do. So I signed up for classes at one of those continuing education places. My friends thought this was hilarious…But I loved it.”
I love this excerpt. I love it a lot. Because not only does it speak to me in the sense that I always have wanted to learn Italian, but it speaks to me in the sense that I am just now realizing that a lot of things I do because they seem “safe” or “practical.” But really, who wants to look back at their life and think, “Wow, I am really glad I played it safe all of those years. I’m really glad I only did practical things my entire life.” No one. No one wants to look back and say that.
I want to look back at my life and say, “Wow, I really lived a radically different life. I took chances. I failed. I was wildly successful. I made mistakes, but I learned from them. I wouldn’t take a single thing back.”
And so I not only came away from this weekend with plenty of rest (woohoo!!) but I came away with inspiration. I feel challenged to examine my life and realize the things I’ve always wanted to do that might seem wild, crazy, fanatical, and DIFFERENT to most people…and then DO them! Why shouldn’t I?
And so, in the spirit of Angela’s post, I would love to know the things that you’ve put off or haven’t done because it seems a little too daring. Here’s my top 5:
- Learn to speak Italian. I have a DVD set that I can use to start and then hopefully can sign up for classes!
- Go to culinary school. I have wanted to go to culinary school for the longest time, but have been constantly turned away by lack of money. But it’s something I want to do: study something I love. I don’t know when this will happen, but it will. Because I want it.
- Write a book. Big shocker here, everyone who blogs wants to write a book, right? Well, I wanted to write long before I ever started blogging. This has been my first step towards that and finding my voice again!
- Own a business. Nate and I have consistently pursuing being able to work for ourselves in photography, design, and business for some time now. It’s taken a lot of baby steps, and a lot of times the ‘real world’ has gotten in our way, but we love it.
- Live by the ocean. I don’t remember if I’ve mentioned this before, but even though I’ve lived far from the ocean my entire life, I’ve always felt an incredibly strong connection to it. It’s one of those things that brings me to tears every time I smell the salt air, hear the waves crashing, and can bury my feet in the sand. I love it.
It’s time to live your life now!