Another MIMM week thanks to Healthy Diva Eats. Coming off of a jam packed weekend, it is nice to sit down and force myself to reflect on all the marvelous things that took place and of course all the not so marvelous things that need to be addressed. Balance, right?
Marvelous… pretty much a duh one but MY OWN APARTMENT. Nothing felt more marvelous than feeling comfortable and for once, at peace, with where I was. I slept on a BED for the first time Saturday night in two months. Glorious bliss. My running on Sunday was faster and stronger. Go figure. I ended up not buying either table, in the end the prices were too high. Still furniture less.
Marvelous…I felt this huge weight lifted off my shoulders as I made an excel spreadsheet with all my spending and saving. I think I am going to do this monthly. It really helped me see where I need to spend money each month and how to save in other areas. I also used an index card holder to organize all my receipts and coupons. I love organization. True life. Flip side, I decided to forgo the Bikram. I know I know, now I have nothing but I just couldn’t justify that money right now in the heat of all my moving. I am hoping another Groupon comes along in a month that I can hit up!
Marvelous... that I am going to be bringing my bike down to DC. This was a total out of the blue conversation I had with my mom, but we were talking about transportation. Did you know that each week I spend $50 on the Metro just for work alone? I know, insane. I haven’t ridden my bike in over four years and it is just sitting at home. I am excited to see how I can cut that spending by using it – I wonder how far it is to work? Hm, lots of planning happening. (Next step is how to get my bike here…)
Marvelous… I have, count it, 8 days till I go home for a long weekend. I am in need of this. I need some family time, some relaxation time and some *cough* stock up time. I am bringing two carry ons so that I can do some shopping with my mom and family in all the areas I am desperate need of… non perishable food and clothes. In reality though, I just need down time. I struggle with allowing myself down time (something I need to work on), so I am feeling totally run down by the end of the week and even end of the weekend. Being home even just for two days and the Cape for two days will be what I need to take a chill pill and relax.
Marvelous… that people and workers in my building are so freaking friendly. I honestly can’t believe how amazing it is to have people actually talk to me and acknowledge me when we walk by or ride the elevator together. People never did this in my last building. On top of that, the front desk and maintenance people are amazing. Speedy and so nice! They even crack jokes with me. Plus, packages come fast. Like super fast. Meaning if you feel like sending me a package, oh say of some fun goodies, it will be here in a flash. I am kidding of course, but seriously who doesn’t love mail. I want more!
Marvelous… that my stomach is clearing up. I have been eating less junk this past week just with the move and stress. Add in the GoodBelly probiotic shots and my bloating is way down, digestion is moving through and I am actually feeling hunger cues again. Probiotics for the win. HOWEVER, I need to be real with self and admit that I need to work harder at including some junk food. I realize this is a tough point for me because buying that stuff for myself is hard.
Marvelous… I got to talk to one friend from home, one friend from school, my great Aunt, my Sitoo (grandmother), and two other aunts. Whoa talking overload. I tend to fall off the face of the earth with communication. No lie around that. My family back home always worries about me because I go weeks without talking to them. I know one phone call just eases their minds so with all the walking I did this weekend, I utilized the long hauls to make these calls. Well worth it. I love hearing their voices.
Marvelous… weekend of exploring. I am one of those people who just likes to wander around shops or stores. I rarely buy anything but I just like to take a peak. (And also make a mental list of what I would buy if I could.) I went to Marshall’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, TJMaxx, Pier One, World Market, Whole Foods, Yes Organic… I only bought things at Marshall’s and World Market but just enjoyed that time of exploring. Lots of walking so this weekend has completely wiped me out for sure. Another marvelous part was I found a great place to get discounted snacks and home decor. World Market is my new obsession. Blogger date there please? (Isn’t this bowl perfect for me? I mean seriously, should have bought it)
Like I said, I still have things that were not so marvelous but who doesn’t? The idea of rest is hard for me. I tend to forget that I can just be in the moment doing nothing and be ok. Yes, I am way better at this. I mastered it the past year at school but since I have moved I feel myself doing less of it. Not sure why but it could just be the anxiety, new place. No idea but something I want to work on. In addition, buying food for myself is never hard. I have the frugal Alex brain pulling one way, the fear Alex brain pulling another, and the craving Alex brain on top of it. It is hard to please them all and decipher which ones are the healthiest.
I am off to work. Have a marvelous Monday!
Questions: What was marvelous about your weekend? What is something you are working on personally?