Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him. ~Aldous Leonard Huxley
I have long been a supporter of the bucket list idea. I have my own, and I am sure most of the people who ever read this will as well have their own hopes, dreams and aspirations they would like to accomplish while here on this earth. Well, one of those items I have is to travel to Italy. So, I have decided this is my year, yes.. I *AM* going to go to Italy. It’s one of those long term dreams I have had, and I think at 36, well, its about time I fulfill it. Perhaps this is my Italian part of my Eat, Pray, Love journey. I have just gone backwards.. I found Buddhism, then love and now to EAT! 🙂 Anyway, how am I accomplishing this I ask myself? Well, I am a member of this meetup group called “The Bucket List”. They are starting a thing called 52 Weeks. Basically it is saving money a little at a time. Week one you put in a jar 1$, then week two add 2$ and so on.. At the end of the 52 weeks you have saved $1,387!! Now, towards the end of the year, when you have to put in almost 200$ in one month, that may be a lot, but by that time I figure I will be so excited I have saved it won’t matter. Which is why I am picking one of my dreams.. So, I am going to make a cool jar sometime this weekend, and add my money. I would love for anyone of my friends to join to see if you can do it too. I could use the support, and who knows, maybe we can all go to Italy!! After all, who else will I share my giant plate of spaghetti with?
Another thing I have longed to do is: Pay It Forward. I always try very hard to be a good human being, always respectful and loving and aware of other people’s feelings. I always feel like I need to do more though, and make bigger ripples. So, another one of the Bucket List ideas starting February 1st is to do a Post It Notes challenge. With this one, you leave post it notes all around town with positive messages for others to find. It doesn’t have to be specific or even daily, but they do encourage you do it weekly. You can leave them on mirrors in bathrooms, in menus at restaurants, ask the drive thru attendant to put one on the next persons meal, anything. Just as long as your leaving someone a smile that comes after you. So, my challenge is going to be to do this at least once a week and take a picture to post here on my blog. I am hoping that this will inspire you, the reader or someone else who receives a special message to do the same in return. After all, how much do post it notes cost, and how much time does it really take? Hell, the person getting it may only get that one positive note that day, and you could be the change they need. What do you have to lose?
On a personal level about my day – Nothing majorly happened in my world. I kind of played “hookie” from work, even though I did work stuff. Part of my job is marketing our tutoring business and recruiting both tutors and students. So, as part of my tasks, I was asked to go to high schools and put up fliers advertising our business. So, I managed to make it to 2 schools today. That was more than enough for me to handle in one day. Talk about all the weird, emotional memories that come back as you even pull into the parking lot of a high school. Now I know why I hated school to begin with. Now mind you, its been almost 20 years since I was in school, yet it was like nothing had changed. The same “clicks” still exist. Boys still treat the girls like nothing but a hole to stick their you know what’s in, there are still those kids who don’t fit in anywhere and are so sad looking you just want to hug them, and then of course the typical popular sports crowd who think they own the world. Everyone still thinks they are invincible, and above everyone else. Not something I miss in the slightest. So, after dealing with a bunch of rotten stuck up kids, I got to spend some much needed quality time with Ozzy and basically enjoyed the remainder of our day doing errands and house chores. I miss days of being able to do nothing at all and just being stress free. They need to come more often, but I am sure this is something we all feel, right?
Now on to the last major event going on in my world as of late. I am doing a fitness challenge with my bosses wife for a pretty big chunk of money if we win and also a photo shoot. I am excited as it’s not really a “diet” as in we are limited on calories and have to work ourselves to the bone, but more just living healthier and finding time to do more “us” things. We have a couple of simple rules no eating after 9, 30 minutes a day of some sort of exercise, no soda of any kind, 5 fruits/veggies a day and some personal goal to be done daily as well. So, that is why I am blogging. This is my personal goal. Well, I plan to do this at least 5 times a week, then one night a week have date night with my man. 🙂 We don’t do it nearly enough, and now that he is working 14 hours days most of the week, those date nights are even more important to me. So, this is day 2 and hopefully my blog and healthier lifestyle will continue long after the challenge is complete. Wish me luck.. It is a “requirement” for work, so I guess that is also good motivation right?
Well, that has been my day.. Thankfully I have been given another day to share with the world. May we all find peace and happiness in our lives today and always.. Namaste.