Tuesday, January 17, 2012

MM #14 (kind of)

Yesterday was a holiday (happy belated bday, MLK!), so we'll just pretend that's the reason for this relapse into "mindful monday on a thoughtful tuesday."

This week, this month, this semester, I'm working on simplicity. I am many things, but just ask Z: simple isn't the first one that comes to mind. I go crazy if I can't plan out every step of the day, let alone every step of my life. This comes in handy for staying organized, but sometimes it just really takes away with me being, as Z's s.i.l. puts it, content with where I am.

At the same time, I'm coming to realize that, for all the planning and organizing I do in my academic/social/aspirational life, I am quite a messy person. [This was something I was hoping to grow out of, but I think it's only gotten worse as I devote all my organizing energy elsewhere. Just ask my college roommate of two years. She'll concur.] But messy just won't do. This semester requires not only simplicity of planning, but simplicity of possessions, as I'll be jumping from place to place nearly every couple weeks this Spring. After a bunch of packing-and-unpacking thru my move back home, however, I've realized that I have a lot of stuff. (first world problems, anyone?) I thrive on being prepared for anything--read: I'm an over-packer--so this definitely won't be a simple task.

I have this "free" semester [which I'm quickly learning is actually going to be a very expensive one...], and all I want is to sit back and relish in the adventures God sends my way. I want this time in my life to be clutter-free and problem-free, with absolutely no frantic thoughts about being unproductive.
It's a simple desire, really.

//Simple\\ has several definitions, and I was amazed as I read them one by one that almost every def. fits flawlessly into the image of what I want my free semester to be.
  • plain, basic, or uncomplicated in form, nature, or design
  • easily understood or done
  • presenting no difficulty
  • humble and unpretentious
  • effortless, painless, undemanding
{the only one I want to avoid is, "simple: (adj.) of low or abnormally low intelligence"}

This is going to be something I'll have to be vigilant about, so I'm just gonna take it day by day. (Keep me accountable!) Today, I kept it simple by not stressing about making a fancy meal. I used my resources. I call it, Leftovers Salad. (Or Raid the Fridge Salad, whichever.)

 spinach+seared chicken+sliced bell pepper+cherry tomatoes+grapes+brocolli+rice+balsamic vin

Might sound complicated, but it really was just pulling things out of the fridge and dumping them in a bowl. It worked out =) 

A super long post later, Happy Monday Tuesday y'all! I hope your week is beautifully simple.


  1. i recognize the bowl, fork, and dinner tray;
    can't figure out what/where it is resting on though

    1. it's resting on my hand, as i am standing under a light in the living room. (the vertical stripes are the iron bars of the fireplace thingy...)