Teaching Myself New Tricks
Lately, I’ve Been…
Reading like I mean it. Devouring books, tearing through at least one each week, on the train, during lunch, before bed, everywhere. It makes the 12+ hours/week spent commuting pass pleasantly, and feels better than dicking around on my phone (though I still indulge in a fair amount of that).
Weaning myself off of sugar and special drinks. Oh, how I’ve bribed myself with the promise of soy hot chocolate on a Monday morning (a happy, sweet start the week), or a Wednesday morning (hump-day treat)…or a Friday morning (reward for a week almost over). But now I am listening to my wonderful little body, giving it what it really needs and wants to thrive. Be not fooled by the photo above–I’ve been resisting! Eating my veggies, and snacking in the savory. Like this:
Eating kimchi or kakuteki before 10 am. I crave the crunch, and the spice, to combat my sweet tooth.
Doodling, drawing, penning and posting (the old fashioned way). I forgot how sweet it is to be simply creative. To make something with my heart and hands, then send it off and say goodbye. It’s a modest endeavor, but it makes me feel “like a child stringing beads in kindergarten–happy, absorbed, and quietly putting one bead on after another.”
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Really, what I’ve been doing, is just what I please. Of course I still go to work, do what’s expected of me, and keep my commitments. But my To-Do list has become less rigid, my demands on myself less rigid. Instead, I’m doing what feels good and right–what I WANT to do, not what I feel I should–and I feel liberated, creative and content.
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Oh, and one last thing. I’ve been falling more and more in love with this guy:
(The human, I mean, though that caterpillar was endearing enough that we took him home, where he died and mouldered under our ever-inept care).