I’m still in the midst of my year of reading books by non-straight white men, but in response to recent life changes want to add a couple more challenges to my plate.
First, an exercise in financial discipline. I’m not buying anything for a week (today is Day 1) other than groceries this Friday, because it feels like money has been falling out of my pockets and account as of late. It’s not for lack of disposable income (which, come to think of it, is a very strange phrase…are we insinuating that purchases other than basic needs are inherently garbage?) but between Craft Beer Week, Art-a-Whirl, and my general penchant for the multitudes of amazing restaurants in the Twin Cities, my weekly spending has risen substantially. So- no cookies, coffeeshops, restaurants or thrift stores this week.
The second challenge: figuring out what to do with my non-working hours. Due to the summer return of a couple coworkers, I now pretty much work three days a week, with four off. Wonderful, right? Only if I can actually DO something meaningful with that time.
- Fridays and Saturdays will still be my weekend, for shows and friends and fun, and over the summer almost all of my weekends are committed to trips of various sorts.
- Tuesdays are generally my get-stuff-done-around-the-house day while Benjamin is at work. They also used to be for journalling/letter writing, a practice that went by the wayside in the midst of wedding planning but deserves revival.
- Sundays are the new free day, a day of promise, a day I want to claim as something before too many submit to lethargy or menial chores. Possibilities: herbal medicine collection/creation, spiritual reflection time and/or meditation, more focused writing time, long walks. What else might one do with newly freed up Sundays?