Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thankful Thursday 4/28/16: Friendly Montpellierains

Thankful Thursday is a weekly segment that I began 1/10/13—read why here
I invite you to join me in practicing gratitude!

So much to be thankful for: being in Montpellier, the lovely house in which I've been staying, all of the friendly people I've met so far, still having Damien as a close friend, the weather, my job, and so on and so on.

Tonight I played ultimate on the beach with a cool group of people from Couchsurfing—one who is the same event organizer as last spring/summer. I was invited to carpool there and back, which was awesome! (Otherwise it's a tram ride all the way to the end of a line, and then a 30-min walk.)
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

April 24, 2016: 27th birthday

Sunday, April 24 was my 27th birthday. 

Before the move, I hadn't been overly excited to have my birthday fall just 10 days after moving to a new city (Montpellier), but it ended up being a really great Sunday. And that's what it felt like too—a good Sunday—not necessarily a birthday (and that's a-okay). I was lucky enough to cross out all the major elements of a solid birthday:

[x] Receive snail mail

As soon as I had my Montpellier AirBnb address back when I was in London, I emailed out my new address to some friends and family who had been asking for it. I loved anxiously checking what had arrived every day this past week, when the postman sent the mail through the slot in the front door (which falls directly into the house).

I saved everything that arrived that week and opened the mail on Sunday evening. I even received some e-cards/emails to boot!
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thankful Thursday 4/14: London loves

Thankful Thursday is a weekly segment that I began 1/10/13—read why here
I invite you to join me in practicing gratitude!

I was pretty stressed out and feeling a mix of other less appealing emotions today, the first full day back in France. But instead of dwelling on that, I'll highlight here my gratitude for having been able to spend the past two weeks with Hannah and Herm in London, plus having had lodging there for the past month.

When you're usually on other parts of the planet, spending 2 weeks with your besties is quite a treat.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Thankful Thursday 4/7: Books

Thankful Thursday is a weekly segment that I began 1/10/13—read why here
I invite you to join me in practicing gratitude!

I've been reading a lot here in London, and although I've loved books my whole life, the other day I realized what a treasure they really are. Well, I probably haven't even fully appreciated them yet.

Someone experiences a lifetime of events, or spends years becoming an expert on a topic. Then they spend another year or two (or three, or four...), bringing an imagined story to life or sharing their greatest life insights/memories or explaining their research to you in the most coherent, organized way possible, and so on.

They chisel these things to leave only the best words standing, and editors help the writers to polish the words and messages even more. (That is, if they've made it through the difficult process of pitching a book and getting picked up by a publisher in the first place.)

And all of this work and knowledge can be yours often for less than an hour's wage. (Or free, if you use your public library!) It's really incredible.

I am thankful for books, and all of the incredible people who bring them to life!
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Wander walking through London: Museum of Childhood and Tate Modern

Last Thursday after dropping off Herm's work key in the cool WeWork building, I wandered around the commercial area for a bit (saw part of the old London Wall too!) before moving on to the V&A Museum of Childhood.

When Gregorio reminded me the other week that all of London's museums are free (how had I forgotten this fact?), I started browsing online to pick one or two to visit. My first week alone I went and saw "Book of Mormon," so I figured one musical and one or two museums was enough London entertainment/tourism to try and fit in for this particular stay. You know me, I like to take it slow and have fewer plans. (Also, these have still been regular work weeks for me, so that too.)

While doing my quick online research, the V&A Museum of Childhood jumped out as interesting, in that it wasn't a children's museum (aka just for kids to play around), but rather a museum of children's toys over the last century or so. That would be neat, right?

V&A Museum of Childhood

Luckily my instincts hadn't failed me; I really enjoyed this museum, and highly recommend it to anyone living in or visiting London.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Resolutions Checkpoint 2016: March

For the third month in a row, something unexpected came up—which threw off my routine, in turn making it more difficult to complete my self-assigned daily/weekly/monthly tasks. In January it was 2+ weeks of the flu/endless cough, February brought back the excruciatingly painful internal hemorrhoids for over a week, and March ended up surprising me with heartbreak and an unplanned stay in London. (I should probably take the hint and start planning for just three weeks each month when I do these checkpoints, but I'm still carrying on like normal for now!)

So I'm currently still in London, crashing at Hannah and Herm's place. They should be getting back tomorrow morning, and I'll be returning to France mid-April, planting my feet in Montpellier for spring/summer.

Now that I've set the scene, here's some of what I did in March:

March Progress

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