Monthly Archives: September 2015

What would you do if you were given $1 Million?

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This question came up in conversation last night. My friend’s answer was to buy a house for his parents, which I found very generous and sweet. At the time, I could not imagine what I would do with money aside from hiring a housekeeper, as I don’t want money. I want time. I think I would buy my parents health insurance. Also, having a chunk of money like that would free me from my student loans which would mean I wouldn’t worry have to worry about playing nice at work. I could have parents petition for things like smaller class sizes and whatnot without caring if I were rehired. I would hire a teacher for piano and for yoga…. Maybe have a sustainable school garden put in for the community.

What would you do if this fantasy of having $1 million dollars became a reality?

Blessedly Bored

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So lately, I’m feeling bored/ overwhelmed. It may seem contradictory to put these two words together, but for a lifelong procrastinator like myself, it makes perfect sense. I get overwhelmed with simple tasks like laundry and mundane paperwork. And I go off to procrastinate and do a whole lot of lazy things and get bored of doing that because that isn’t what I’d do if I were done with to do’s….I’d be out hiking or exploring! Essentially, I’ve kept myself home daily working and procrastinating and I’m quite bored with it.  I told a friend how I was feeling a bit ago and she introduced me to a method her psychologist friend presented at a workshop: The Two Minute Rule. You work for 2 minutes on what you are procrastinating on and do something else and come back and do another 2 minutes. Eventually, the task becomes small enough to be not overwhelming and you stop procrastinating on it. So, I’m going to give this a try.

In addition, I’ve tried to schedule occasional socializing opportunities as I haven’t found many real connections friend-wise since moving back to my hometown. However, I  tire of socializing in attempts to make connections and lack energy to do so and often flake as a result. The only friends I really feel any deeper connection with live a distance away and are busy with life as they all have kids now. I do have one single friend who lives in a distance away coming to see me tomorrow so that will be nice. We are going to see a ballet. Ballet classes are the closest thing I have to actual socialization outside of work these days. All in all, I feel blessed to have dance, things to be overwhelmed about however mundane and the friends I do have despite the distance! 🙂

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What Interests Add Meaning to Your Daily Existence?

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Every now and then I get people who ask me why I don’t just put the minimal effort into my work… Why I am not satisfied just having a person hired to provide services and would rather have someone puts in at least 100% effort. Maybe because I like my work! I don’t understand why people keep jobs that they don’t want to put effort into. That seems to be such a complacent lifestyle. I have the luxury of selecting jobs and lifestyles of my choosing and I choose something I want to spend my time doing. I am not egotistical and am fully aware that it is just a job and as such, I am replaceable, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to do my best in whatever areas I put my time into inside and outside of work. If I don’t have enough interest to do my best, then maybe it is time to move on. I hate it when people complain about their lives and then make no effort to change their lives and then put me down for my effort. Would you/ Do you/ Have you work(ed) a job you have no interest in and did only the minimal effort? Did/ Do you find it annoying when others do their best?

I recently was sent a documentary preview about a woman who was still playing piano daily at 109 years old. Now, that’s passion! I hope that whatever life you are living, you have found something you have interest/ passion in to make your days more meaningful! What makes your life meaningful to you and what has held your interest over the years?