a little bit of erica by my side

mambo number 5 had it right, we all need a little erica in our lives :)

Month: February, 2014

For She’s A Jolly Good Fellow!

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My life in blog form is having it’s first birthday!

A lot has changed in a year. When I started this blog I was at a place where I was unsure about so many things in my life. I am still in a place of not knowing but I am much more comfortable in that. I am ok with being along for the ride in this journey called life. Louis CK, who I think is more insightful every time I hear him talk (I know he is a comedian, but man, he has some great secrets to life) has a really awesome perspective on this:

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When I started this blog I had set some goals. These goals were always in the back of my mind but not something I actively worked towards (which explains why I did not actually achieve all of them…). I kept these as sort of a guide in my day to day interactions with myself and with other people. I want to bring these forward again and look at where I am at with them, and then set some new goals.

Erica – February 2013

1. I am trying to be motivated to accomplish tasks

2. I am working at making friendships

3. I want to fuel my body with healthier things – this includes food, socializing, exercising, school, reading, and music. It all affects me and I want it to be positive, growth inducing content.

4. I am trying out a daily yoga challenge. Not an official challenge, just a challenge to myself. Even 5 minutes a day will count. Even if it is just shavasana — meditation is important.

So, number 1 and 2, those went pretty well. Is there room for improvement? You bet. But I am happy with where I am at with those points. Number 3, I have been working on quite steadily. I am now vegetarian (which if you asked me if I would have made that change last year I would have said, no no no, no way. But things change, and here I am). I am still working on the balance aspect of life, which I know will be an ongoing process. Number 4, well I did not do that… at all really. Well, that is not true, I did start doing yoga again and I tried to do a 30 day challenge (especially once I realized this blog birthday was coming up… I felt the need to cram it in last minute so I could achieve all my goals). I think that is one of the reasons why it did not get completed. I stopped doing it for myself and started doing it for the outcome and the blog goal fulfillment. I am going to keep trying to introduce it into my life. I want it to stick because it works, not because I am focused on meeting a goal.

So, new goals… here we go!

Erica – February 2014
1. Maintain the progress I have made so far, embrace the new stuff, and continue to say ‘Fuck It.’ I have things I want to do and things I want to try. I won’t let my fear of inadequacy stop me from giving it a go. Confidence is key. And, as Nike says… you just gotta do it.
2. Play more music. Singing, guitar-ing, ukulele-ing, harmonica-ing, and maybe piano-ing. Just be creative in the musical realm.
3. Face some fears. This is similar to the ‘Fuck It’ mentality, but to me it is a different level. I’ll make a post dedicated to this at some point, but for now, it is enough to think about it at a general level.
4. Yoga. 30 days. I’ll leave it at that.

So here is to another go at this whole blog thing! And a little birthday celebration, courtesy of The Beatles.

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Read It, Write It, Say It Out Loud

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It is that time of year again. I am just fortunate enough for it to only happen once a semester, if that.

Midterms.

My first midterm is tomorrow, then I have a week long reading break followed by two more. I am only really concerned about one of them. Fingers crossed that my procrastination will take a back seat for just a little while.

While on the topic of school… I do not feel that exams are really a good test of my knowledge. I would love school about a thousand times more if I didn’t have homework or tests and just got to absorb the information presented and simply learn. I love school. I love learning. I don’t like assignments and tests so much. I suppose this is the school life I signed up for.

Time to get my study on. 

Forget Kung Fu, I Want Tofu

Tofu.

Toe-foo.

Futo.

Fu-fu-too.

Too-too-fu-fu.

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Canadian tofu.

Sunrise Soya.

It is soy good (see what I did there..? Soy… So…).

Have you tried the dessert stuff they have?

That custard… oh my my, delicious. 

Acidity-Body-Flavour-Aroma

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When the alarm goes off, the coffee goes on.
Time to greet the day with a little bit of caffeine.

Nest Sweet Nest

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I just want to make a nest.
A giant nest of every blanket that I have, every pillow, every cozy thing that exists in my house.
I want to read a well-worn paperback book in the nest and drink tea, probably camomile, from a mug that will not spill when I drink from it when I am lying down.
I want my cat to cozy into the nest with me, and just snuggle, but not get in the way of page turning.
I want to turn off my phone and exist completely within the nest for a day, or even just an afternoon.
It might even be nice to wake up early, really really early, read in the nest until I fall asleep again and enjoy the nest nap. 
The idea of my own personal, cozy, nest makes me feel settled.

Hey Oh

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Snow. It makes everything feel fresher, cozier, and more like home. I can usually tell when it is snowing, really snowing I mean, when the world just feels quieter. Snow brings a certain peace that settles all around. 

Deep beneath the cover of another perfect wonder where it’s so white as snow,
Finally divided by a world so undecided and there’s nowhere to go;
In between the cover of another perfect wonder and it’s so white as snow,
Running through the field where all my tracks will be concealed and there’s nowhere to go.

RHCP