Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Solo Pie Chart

I have been living solo for 5 months now and I have realized there are definite benefits to having your own space. Benefits that deserve their own pie chart!!!!

As you can see, "Hanging Out in PJs on Days Off" takes the cake (or is that the pie?).  I love watching Keeping up with the Kardashians in my pyjamas and having a fully stocked fridge of pickles, club soda, and perogies.  However, I do miss living with my beau at times, of course. But, having a little space and independence feels great.

I haven't made a pie chart in so many years, I was lucky I even remembered and was able to fanangle my way through Windows 7. Haha. 

If you live solo, what are your favourite things about it?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Quarter Life Intervention

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately. Thinking about everything- life, love, school, work, travel, friendships, family. Literally thinking about EVERYTHING. Thinking about how these things affect me, how I interact within them, and how relevant they are to the big picture of my life.

The words "quarter life crisis" seem to echo in my brain these days, however, I do not want to label the type of change I seem to be going through. The change that is taking place within me is more of a shift from future oriented, work focused to a present-living, life focused. I felt like if I didn't make a change soon I will have missed out on a lot of life while focusing on school and making money. I don't want to look back and regret anything.

I've already begun my paradigm shift. I've been focusing on myself a lot more and doing things that make me happy- like snowshoeing for hours in -30C and planning to run a 5K race. It's a start! I'm also planning a solo trip- I just don't know where yet! I also quit a job that wasn't fulfilling me and no longer enjoyed. I did that because I felt like if I'm not enjoying myself or learning, then it is not adding anything to the quality of my life. It just clicked in my head and I decided to make the difficult decision that I was hemming and hawing over for months, and I am happy now.

I'm not sure where I picked up my instinct that work was so important to life. Obviously working = money and money = stuff and whatnot. However, the "stuff & whatnot" is exactly what I want to live without and have been for awhile now. I always seem to worry about money, it most likely comes from my poor upbringing- but as of right now travel is the only thing I long for.

I'm not sure if I have explained my feelings very well. But I can sum it up more along the lines of: life is more valuable than work.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Link Love

Just found this great post at the blog Yes and Yes.

I don't actually hate any of my 3 jobs, but sometimes I just dislike where I am at this point in my life. But this post definitely put a little smile on my face because I have recently been doing and done a few of the things the author mentions and I am slowly working toward something great! News to follow in the coming weeks!