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An Update With Updates.

I’ve been a little quiet on the site this summer, but not without reason.

It’s summer! We shouldn’t be spending much time online anyway.

That said, I still want to update you on the happenings of my life, if you’re interested.

Project 333

Yes, I’m still doing it. This summer has been the easiest phase of Project 333. I won’t be discussing it anymore, though. I kind of forgot about it! I’ve gained what I needed from the project and shed things I didn’t need: extra clothes! All my clothes fit in two duffel bags with the exception of a couple coats and dresses. I’m happy with that amount, and I know I will continue to streamline until I have the perfect wardrobe for myself.

My 30-Day Vegan Challenge

A few weeks ago, I announced that I was doing a 30 Day Vegan Challenge. Everything is going well, although there are days when I’m hungry because I have limited options in certain places. Keeping snacks on me at all times is essential. Most restaurants are very accommodating of my “no cheese” requests (even if I get a strange look for ordering a veggie omelet with no eggs or cheese) and I’m actually enjoying my meals more. And cheese? I don’t miss it….. except for gooey, stringy cheese pizza from my favorite Chicago pizzeria. It might be the first thing I eat after my month is over. Will I be vegan after this challenge? We’ll see.

Yoga

The ladies over at 1Month.1Challenge. recently challenged readers and participants to 30 Days of Yoga or meditation. I signed myself up for the challenge because I love pushing myself to try new things. I’ve been interested in yoga for years but DVDs and books were not enough for me. I needed the experience of a class, but every yoga class I found was too expensive for me. So I never did it. When the challenge came along, I figured now’s a better time than any to finally dive into yoga The first two days were spent doing yoga at home from the same DVD and book and left me a little frustrated. I wasn’t ready to give up, though. The third day, I obtained a free week-long guest pass to a nearby fitness center and walked into my first yoga class. Turns out that class was exactly what I needed all this time. I loved it. A class is offered nearly every day and I intend to take full advantage of the free classes for the week. Then I’ll do the same thing at another fitness center, and another, until I get the hang of it or generate an income that can support expensive classes. So, yoga? I’m hooked. And I’m sore.

Tiny House

Planning and dreaming of tiny house is taking a backseat at the moment as my mind is focused on other things happening in the more immediate future. This doesn’t mean my fiance and I have forgotten about it; we consistently have tiny house in mind. We also set up a registry with Deposit A Gift for our wedding. Instead of asking for household items or funds towards a trip, we are asking friends and family to help us contribute to the house! You can view it here.

Life List Goals

Two months ago, I made a goal of crossing five things off my life list this summer. I crossed off two items so far: get my master’s degree and read War and Peace. I’m almost at the point where I can cross off another (be vegan for 30 days). Plans for a couple items on the list fell through, but I have another month to get two more things done since summer isn’t technically over until mid-September. I know I won’t be able to complete the big-ticket items on the list this year, but every little thing I cross off is one more thing I can say I’ve done!

Google+

My thoughts on Google+: I don’t care if a majority of people think Google+ is the next big thing and migrates there. I don’t need it. I’ve been fine without it. I lingered around for a month but stepped out of it before it grew too big and have no plans of jumping back in. Why add more noise to my life? What we really need to do is cut back on all the social networking.

My [Un]Employment

My search for a teaching position has remained unsuccessful. With most schools beginning in a couple weeks, I’m starting to accept that I might have to search elsewhere. I’m not giving up and still hoping something will turn up at the last minute. My hours at my part-time summer job were also cut in half, and the job ends later this month. While it has freed up a lot of time for me to enjoy the rest of summer, money is still needed. My fiance also unexpectedly and quickly changed jobs to another company with a lower pay. We’re keeping our eyes open for a good opportunity where we both can be happy. All we need is just enough to get by and our happiness.  We also started a small side business to acquire a little extra income. We’re in the early stages of setting it up but I’m really excited about it! We are hoping the extra income will go towards bills and tiny house.

Bogart

Bogart is the name of the sweet kitten I adopted a couple months ago. Had I not saved him, he would have ended up in the street. It breaks my heart to think that someone didn’t want him, and know that many animals still wander the streets, unloved. He’s grown quite a bit and developed a unique personality! His favorite thing to do these days is play fetch. I throw a little ball across the room, he chases after it, picks it up in his mouth, brings it back to me, and drops it on the floor or in my hand. Then I throw it again. We just keep going. I spend a lot of my free time playing with him or just laying on the floor next to him, relaxing. Bogart has taught me so much about love, patience, and simple pleasures this summer. I’m madly in love with him and so glad he came into my life.

People

I’m reconnecting with friends again and getting back in some of my favorite social and volunteer activities. I went through a slump in July and I’m making up for it with the last few weeks of summer. August has been great so far. Last night I attended a bonfire with a group of people that have been very supportive in the last year. We all sat around the fire and took turns sharing positive thoughts and stories about each person in the group. It was a wonderful evening that opened my eyes to how much we all inspire and encourage each other. I’m so blessed to be part of such a strong community.

The Wedding

I’m getting married in about two months. The wedding is something I haven’t really mentioned here because my whole life does not revolve around one day, but it is a major event that will require a lot of my attention as the date nears. I’m planning to roll out with a post soon about it, so it won’t remain entirely a mystery! Am I excited? You betcha.

Those are some of the things going on in my life. What’s happening in yours?

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Midwest bloggers: David of Almost Bohemian and Meg of One Love Meg will be gracing the Chicagoland area with their presence towards the end of August. We are thinking of setting something up for Wednesday, August 24th and invite you to join us! Interested? Let us know!

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6 thoughts on “An Update With Updates.

  1. Hey very cool! I was feeling pretty inspired by this post, and then I see me at the bottom :0

    We will definitely bump up! I can’t wait to be back in sweet home Chicago!

    Also, I want to see your tiny house take off! I am really fascinated by that idea. I imagine its a huge challenge, but it would be very interesting… I hope you do it.

    Oh yeah, so how was War and Peace?

    1. I hardly think I’ve had an inspiring summer, but glad you enjoyed the post! And I know I haven’t really mentioned it much to you, but Meg and I had a brief exchange on Twitter about your visit back in Chicago! I will be sure to talk about tiny house when we meet! 🙂

      War and Peace: I liked most of it. I enjoyed the contrast and connections between the battlefield and life at home. There is something about Russian literature that just pulls me in. I found myself absorbed in Tolstoy’s words. However, the book would have ended a lot better if most of the epilogue wasn’t included. Have you read it before?

  2. You are a busy girl. I am glad that we are going to be able to meet up when we are in Chicago. I can’t believe your wedding is two months away. HOW EXCITING. I have been doing lots of wedding stuff lately sometimes it makes me want to get married but sometimes it makes me want to run. Ahh. Good job on the yoga challenge. I am going to start that once I get back from Chicago. I am going to do the 2 week challenge until I leave. 🙂

    And yay for being Vegan. I know it can be tough! My raw challenge is over and I will report that I will never be 100% raw, maybe 80/20.

    Look forward to seeing you!

    1. I’m busy, but at the same time, very available. Does that even make sense??

      I can’t believe it’s two months away, either!! Time is going so quickly. I noticed you’ve been doing a lot of wedding stuff – I hope your wallet isn’t too empty! I can understand how being surrounded consistently by wedding stuff will make you want the same thing, but don’t give in to the commercialism! Besides, I’m sure you’re happy with the way things are. 🙂

      Excited to see you, too! 🙂

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