Checking In!

Hello humans!

This week, I worked 37 hours, turned all my homework in on time, started working on a new cool sewing project, went on a little nature adventure, met a Peruvian Shaman,  visited with relatives from out of town, bought a new pack of dental floss, started consuming massive amounts of wheatgrass, had a sandwich fall out of its container and into in my backpack,  presented to my Human Biology class about GMO’s, worked a night shift, finished a knitting project, and shook my head with shame when I came home to find my parents watching Bob’s Burgers for the first time. It’s a weird life.

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Lock Outs and Soap

It’s been another crazy weekend! Saturday morning, I woke up to get ready for my crazy day of working both jobs, and realized I was coming down with a cold. I immediately decided that I totally blatantly refused to get sick. So I drank a few cups of hot honey water (with raw organic honey of course), mixed up an interesting concoction of all the get better things I had – turmeric, lemon, apple cider vinegar, cranberry juice, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and echinacea – in my huger water bottle, and hoped for the best.

All week, I had been slightly stressing about what I was going to do at work on this crazy saturday, because last weekend, my little portable soap container full of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap fell out of my pocket and shattered. I do not like to use normal soap, since its basically poison. I went to buy a new little glass bottle to use and wasn’t feeling like I should, so I didn’t. Then I tried again, and the store didn’t have any! So I decided that I would just go with it, and use the soap at work, or maybe not was my hands, or something. I really didn’t know what I was going to do. Then, Saturday morning when I was concocting my get better potion, the problem solved itself! I grabbed my little bottle of echinacea, emptied the last bit of it into my water bottle, and immediately realized it was a perfect soap container. I just love it when life works out like that!

When I went to head home after my second shift Saturday, I felt around in my coat pockets, and my keys were nowhere to be found. I locked them in my car, in the ignition, and I don’t have a spare. There was a cop sitting in the parking lot, so I walked over to his car and asked if he could help. He wedged the door open with a little wooden block and wiggled a metal pole into the car. My unlock buttons inside the car stopped working about a week ago, so we couldn’t open it that way. He tried pulling the handles, but that wouldn’t work since the car was locked. Lastly, he tried pulling up on the little sticky upy knobs that lock the car (super technical term), and that didn’t work either. I abandoned my car at Fresh Thyme, and my mom picked me up.

Sunday, I was considering my options of calling a locksmith to open it, which costs about $70, or calling the dealership to see if they have any sort of blank key that would open it, when my grandpa offered to go over there and try to get it open. I explained the situation to him, and he left. About 45 minutes later, he showed up at my house with my keys, and all was well. There is a small dent above my car door, and I’m not sure if it was the cop, or my grandpa, but I’m totally not mad. I’d rather have a little dent than have had to pay $70 to get it open.

So the crazy weekend is over and its time to begin a crazy week! I’m off school for fall break this week, which is great because I work a total of 44 hours this week between both jobs (compared to my usual ~30).  I’m totally looking forward to putting that paycheck in my Thailand Savings! I still have a little cold that I’m dealing with, but it’s not the worse cold ever, and I’m taking lots of measures to make sure it will be gone soon. So, let the crazy week begin!

P.S. I went on a pretty cool adventure Sunday,  check back later to read all about it!

*Wipes Sweat Off Brow*

It’s been a crazy weekend! Saturday I worked 9-5 at one job, and 6-10 at the other. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected, and I am happy to be making money for my trip! Sunday, I wrote the entirety of a 1,200 word argumentative essay on why you should be a vegetarian, along with research, and a 4 hour shift of work. I am happy to have a mostly relaxed day today, and get some more homework done.

Thursday, I accidentally knocked my water bottle off of a ~100 foot tall cliff. It was slightly tragic, but happened about 2 minutes after I thought, “I really need a bigger water bottle,” so obviously it was just the Universe at work. Since then, my body has been craving insane amounts of water. Like, upwards of 2 gallons a day. So I bought a 66 oz bottle and will be lugging it around with me from now on. I also have no craving or desire at all to eat anything. It appears I am doing some sort of detox that I wasn’t even aware I was going to do, which is totally fine with me! I usually try and let the Universe do what it wants, so I will be gulping down massive amounts of water and eating fruit until I’m instructed otherwise. Life is weird.

What Should I Be Doing?

Lately, I’ve been working on finding the balance between what I should be doing, and what I’m actually doing.

I successfully navigate life using a planner. Each day I have a list of between 3-12ish things to accomplish. I think of things throughout the week, and assign them days to get done, as well as write down things every evening that I want to do the next day. Some days I accomplish everything and more, and other days I accomplish almost nothing. Where is the balance? Why does this happen?

When I don’t accomplish the things I wanted, I usually feel pretty conflicted about it. I feel like, well yeah I didn’t get my homework done today, but I worked on some of my knitting, watched some interesting videos, and saw some cool stuff on Instagram and Pinterest, so really was there any harm done? I also feel like the world is probably going to end, that I’m not going to have enough time the next day to finish everything now that I didn’t do what I was supposed to today, and that I really screwed up. The thing is though, eventually, everything I write down does get done. I never turn my homework in late. The world never ends.

So the battle rages on between what I think I should be doing, and what I actually do. I know that if everything gets done, then there was no harm in knitting or scrolling Pinterest, but for some reason I still feel there is a battle going on!

My goal for this next week is to successfully accomplish everything I need to, and everything I want to, and be happy about it. The battle cannot exist if I do not create it, right?

On Some Major Diet Changes

Within the past few weeks, I’ve been working on eating in a way that makes me feel most awesome. I frequently get weird brain fog about half way through the day, and guessed that my diet could have something to do with this.

The changes started with sugar. Sugar and I have been at war for a while now, and I suspected he was the culprit of my brain fog. I had been letting him win the war for too long, and I was so over it! It would begin with just one little sugary snack, and suddenly I would go crazy, trying to eat everything sugary in sight! I felt totally like a victim to sugar, like there was nothing I could do to stop this insane craving. Then one day, I decided that enough was enough, and that I would not be a victim to sugar, because I am wayyyyy more powerful than that! And then the war was over. Really! It was that easy! I still crave sugary things, but now I grab something green and leafy instead, and I feel about a million times better. Not to say that I have totally given up sugar, I still eat yummy treats sometimes. But I do it from an empowered space, knowing that I am the one in charge, and that makes all the difference. Did you know that sugar is basically a drug? Check it out!

My other major diet changes have also stemmed from my quest to feel awesome every second of every day. I have been vegetarian for about 2 months now, and life is basically the same. I didn’t eat much meat before, so it wasn’t a major thing to go without. I’ve been relying on eggs as my main source of protein, eating 2 a day usually. But, within the past few days, I have learned a whole lot about animal cruelty. It is totally not okay with me, so I’ve decided to try and go vegan for a while! I’m not completely committed, since I don’t know how my body will handle this, but hopefully it is something I can work with. I’ve also learned a little something from the Paleo diet, which is that grains are a big no no! They have a whole bunch of stuff in them that our bodies are not a fan of. They can’t digest them properly, and we don’t end up absorbing the nutrients. I don’t know all the science, but you can read more here if you’re interested. Sprouted Grains are grains that have been soaked and sprouted, so they are alive and full of nutrients, and our bodies CAN digest them! So, I’ll be sticking to sprouted grains from now on. I would suggest trying out Food for Life brand 7 Sprouted Grains bread if you’re interested! They sell it at most health food stores.

I’ve been really enjoying working with my body to figure out what works best, and this week I’ve also been helping a coworker do the same! I’ve known for a while that one thing I totally love doing is helping people the become their best, healthiest self, and I think eventually I would like to do this as a profession. Right now though, I’m looking for practice, so I can figure out a method that works best in order to eventually be able to make money doing it. So, if you’re interested, I would love to work with you to help you come up with a diet plan that works best for you! Totally free! If you would like, you can donate a few dollars to my trip but thats not necessary. If you’ve been wanting to get yourself on a diet that makes you look and feel good, email me and lets see what we can come up with! eliotjade@cheerful.com

Musings on Happiness

An assignment for class this week requested 300 words about Happiness, and this was the result!

Feeling happy is the end result of feeling many other emotions, and cannot be found or achieved alone. True happiness comes from living a life of love, excitement, kindness, fun, and other related emotions. One thought path is that in order to feel these emotions, and live a happy life, one must first be safe and secure. This is demonstrated in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Another though path is that our outside conditions should not affect our inner conditions, therefore, we can feel the emotions that lead to happiness regardless. This is a Buddhist philosophy. I believe is is impossible to say for sure which is true, but I lean more towards the Buddhist way of thinking.

If Maslow is correct, then using my definition of happiness puts many people in a position where they cannot possibly achieve happiness because they are not secure. With that in mind, consider people living in rural villages, in poor countries, who are apparently some of the happiest people in the world. This seems to help out the Buddhist point of view.

In my own personal experience, I have found it quite difficult to not let my external conditions dictate my internal ones, but I have occasionally succeeded. It requires much intention, awareness, and practice. This in some way proves both theories to be true!

If a person is living in a constant state of unconscious autopilot, it rings true that they would require a sense of safety from their external conditions in order to experience the emotions that lead to happiness. One who is awake and aware can learn to create a sense of stability within themselves, not requiring a stable exterior, therefore, can feel the emotions that lead to happiness regardless of their external condition.

This poses another question! If both are true, then is the person who experiences happiness when they external conditions are correct really experiencing true happiness at all?

On Ant Farms and Being Magical

It’s a very strange thing to know you’re magical in a world of sleeping humans. It’ve been slightly deprived of magical people contact for the past few months, so this weekend I took an adventure day to a reiki healing group, and a Thai massage class. At the reiki group I was told to “give myself some Eliot gifts” which really made me feel all nice and fuzzy, so I’m working on that this week.

The weather has turned a little cooler and I’ve been inspired to start working on knitting some socks! Using this pattern but altered a little bit. Also because of the weather, I went to the park after work today. I sat on top of a hill, did some stretching and reading, and noticed a man laying on the ground looking for something. After a while I got too curious so I went over to talk to him. He was digging through ant hills trying to find a Queen Ant for his ant farm! He taught me alllll about ants, and it was a very enlightening experience. People are cool, and life is fun.

Today marks the end of my first full week of eating on a $40/week budget. I spent 50 cents over, which is totally not bad. It’s great to know I can do this! I’m learning what things are worth spending money on and what things really are not. Tonight I splurged on some ice cream as a reward for doing an A+ job at eating healthy and sticking to my budget.

If you read this and you’re cool and magical, contact me! Let’s be friends!