August 15, 2011

BTH: Week Seven

My positive picture for the week:

From last Thursday's trip out to the suburbs for my second second date - walking along the river in his hometown.

Lots of handholding and quietly stolen cheek kisses in covered bridges. Everything about that day was perfect.

What have you done to help you achieve your goals?

This week, I worked on goal #6 - start getting rid of the crap. Stanier's explanation of this is as follows:
Think of all that stuff that's weighing you down and getting in the way - not just the things, but also the habits, the memories, the attitudes, the people. Get rid of that clutter.
I've been decluttering all summer - lots of material things, but also, trying to let go of the people who hurt me and don't support my goals. I've also made incredible progress on improving my habits and attitude, I think - not perfected, that's for sure. But I feel emotionally less heavy than I did a few months ago, and that has to count for something.

What have you done to make you feel fabulous?

I ran nine miles yesterday! It's a little silly maybe, but it made me feel fabulous and fantastic and light as a feather. I ran it without music, and it rained a little on miles 5 and 6, and I just kept going. It was great.

If your house was on fire, and you could grab ONE thing (outside of people and your computer/laptop, they are all out) what would it be?

The red cardboard box in my closet. It has all my handwritten journals in it - four 5-subject notebooks, filled.

Tell us about your blog. Treat it like a book, what's happened so far?

It's a story about a girl on a quest. She started off wandering through the woods, following a path and getting further away from the life she knew. Right now, she's still on the path, wondering where it ends up. But characters keep popping into the story and she's having some interesting side adventures. She's still carrying on, but the story is getting richer and more detailed.

Tell an embarrassing story about yourself. No dodging.

The first time I went to Paris, I tried to order canard (duck) and mispronounced, ordering connard (a**hole) instead. I tell that story to students every semester so they know that pronunciation is very important and that everyone makes mistakes. It's better to make mistakes in a classroom than at a fancy French restaurant like I did!


Jessica said...

Congrats on your run! Love the picture from your date!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm... you have been doing all sorts of decluttering haven't you. Congratulations.

I do not think that run sounds the least bit silly as something to make you feel fabulous. Can you imagine even being able to say that a year ago? High five.

About the mispronounce - I always know how to say please, thank you, can you speak a little slower and - where is the bathroom.

Weight Wars said...

That run sounds amazing, and the date :)

I love the french error, that's brilliant. I managed to stumble through french when in Paris but I wish I was better at it.

Caron said...

My first thought on the mispronunciation -- what were you served? Ha ha

Meghan said...

Amazing run!! Can't wait to hear more about this boy and the job.

alisonds said...

Sounds like an amazing date! That gave me butterflies! x

waywithwords said...
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waywithwords said...

Hmmm I have no idea if my comment published - but basically, I was born and raised in Chicago and now in California and I love it :) If you come here there are lots of Midwestern transplants so it will still feel like home! :) Enjoying reading your story.