Happy Monday my friends! It’s another cold and rainy day here in Germany, so I’m all bundled up on my couch and thinking that the heat is not anything I have to beat right now. This is by far the strangest summer I’ve ever experienced weather-wise, this poor Texan is feeling quite out of place. I’m like a cactus that’s been over-watered and kept in the shade too much.
1. What have you done this week to work towards your goals?
I’ve lost another 2.5 lbs to put me at a total of 3.5 down for the challenge. I read 2 more books, the last two in the Sharing Knife series by Lois McMaster Bujold and can’t recommend those books enough, for a total of 5 out of 20 read. I’ve stalled out on Phantom of the Opera right now, it was driving me insane and I’ve jumped over to Starship Troopers by Heinlein. I tried 3 new recipes last week and now only need 1 more for the challenge. We made Pizza Rolls, Ham Rolls, and a Honey-Garlic Chicken across this last week. I’m keeping up with my list of things I like about myself and am still playing my instruments as well.
2. What have you done this week to make you feel fabulous?
I booked our apartment in Pag, Croatia! We leave next month on the 19th and will spend a week in an apartment 300 meters off of the beach. I’m so excited. We’re taking this trip as our 1 year anniversary trip and will be traveling with some good friends. With how cold and rainy it is here, sunny and warm Croatia sounds about perfect right now.
3. I wrote about gadgets this week (my fav one anyway), do you have any gadgets that help you to your goals or are you a low tech kinda person?
I’m a mid-tech kind of girl. I was raised by a computer programmer who was on the team that helped develop bluetooth so I’ve always been around gadgets. Back in the States, I had an iPhone that I loved to play on and use My Fitness Pal type tools, but, I don’t have any of that here in Germany. I rarely even run with music. I guess I’m more low-tech in regards to exercising, I would rather jog out doors than run on an elliptical, though the weather here doesn’t cooperate with that too much.
4. We are half way through the year, what have you achieved so far (in all aspects of life)?
My biggest achievement for this year would be keeping up with my travel goal. When B and I first moved here, we promised each other that we would keep taking trips to see as much of Europe as we could while we got to live here. Since January we’ve visited Stuttgart, Ireland, Paris, Amsterdam, Bruges, Rome, and Bern, not to mention our big trip to the US in May and June. A lot of people told us that we’d fall into a routine and forget to travel, but we’re really working hard to make the most of our time here. In addition to the Croatia trip in August, we’re looking at visiting the French Riviera around the holidays, going to see the “fairytale” castles, and maybe hopping a cruise around the Mediterranean.
5. Fun Question: Tell me one of your secrets to achieving goals and living a happy life?
Being happy with exactly where I am. This is a sort of hard one for me; I tend to be a planner and a dreamer, both of which lead to the tendency to live in the future rather than the now. Since I met B though, I’ve worked really hard to just live in the moment and enjoy being in the here and now. I can honestly say that I’ve achieved that and it’s made a huge impact on my life.
My Positive Picture for the Week: A plate of sushi from a lunch trip with friends!
Hope everyone has a great week!