Reading betty's journal

Oct 22, 2007 00:01 # 45145

betty *** smiles...

Been a long time, baby.

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Last year was the most tumultuous time of my life, in a prolonged sense. I freed myself from almost everything that I defined myself by, i.e. my boyfriend, my job, my hobbies, my habits. I've basically been reinvinting myself for the past year.

Though I'm not living my life the exact way I want to live it, I've been making small steps toward change. I'm pretty happy how everything is coming along.

I'm going to turn 33 next week, but I am going back to college (I only got a couple of Associate degrees last time I went) and should be transferring to a University by next August, I'm painting and meeting artists in my community, I'm helping out at a community Literary Arts program; this life finally coming together.

Basically, I've found the joys of simplicity. I've been living pretty sparingly (because I am currently job-less) and reduced my possessions to a minimum. I am free of debt and I have no interest in accumulating more in order to keep up with the Joneses- I'm still free of college debt, but that will change next fall.

Got some awesome trips planned that I have been putting off forever- Hawaii in December and Europe sometime next year.

I've learned that just because you don't have a job, doesn't mean you have to be without the means to get what you want, when what you want is within reason, haha. No, I'm not on any public assistance, I'm just being absolutely frugal, which doesn't have to be a painful thing if you just realize what defines the term 'needs'.

My needs are few. My joys are many.

I am just me, searching for simplicity.........and a good hair stylist

This post was edited by betty on Oct 22, 2007.

Oct 22, 2007 07:13 # 45149

null wants to know...

Re: Been a long time, baby.

That's quite interesting to me because I'm planning to do pretty much the same thing early next year (I'm keeping my job though). Has everything turned out as you've planned/expected it, or were there any major surprises?

In any case, congratulations to your new life... and the courage to turn your dreams into reality.

When life hands you a lemon, that's 40% of your RDA of vitamin C taken care of.

Jul 13, 2008 16:18 # 45888

betty *** replies...

Re: Been a long time, baby.

It's about a year after my last post, and my life barely resembles where I was last year.

I quit college because of an injury that I quickly healed from, but have decided that I don't want to go back. I met and married the man of my dreams- it is as if we are two parts of a whole that finally came together. Cheesy, I know, but it is true.

My goals have completely changed. I'm now focusing on my art and music and where ever they may lead me over preparing myself for a traditional job. I have realized that I don't fit in with the modality of modern society, and am finding a place where I fit, where I can function and still stay true to my own identity.

Maybe I'll come back next year with another update... at the mo', I'm working at a friend's store in our little downtown area, painting every surface I have time to paint on, and singing for my husband's musical projects. I've lost a bunch of weight and I'm feeling wonderful and wonderfully happy.

I'd love to hear where you are at with your self-reinvention...

I am just me, searching for simplicity.........and a good hair stylist

This post was edited by betty on Jul 13, 2008.

Jul 13, 2008 20:56 # 45890

null smiles...

Re: Been a long time, baby.

Heey, many belated congratulations on your marriage! Funny how things just happen sometimes.
Also, may I ask if any of your painting or music experiments/projects are on the internets yet?

I'd love to hear where you are at with your self-reinvention...

How kind of you to ask and give me an opportunity to rant. :-) Well, you know how life always turns out different than you planned. My life took an unexpected turn eight months ago, but I'm quite content now. In short, there was a nasty divorce with my girlfriend/wife of 6 1/2 years, and six weeks ago I've moved in with my new girlfriend. The divorce as well as the new girlfriend both came as a complete surprise. At the moment I'm not particularly active, just watching things happen, planning a holiday trip and thinking about ways to lose a few pounds that don't require any actual work (as if). While not much has changed on the outside, I now see a whole lot of things in a different light and experiment with new ideas. For instance I'm experimenting with ideas partially based on the concepts of ecovillages, social networking (in real life) and comfortable high-tech low-cost housing. Where this might lead I don't know yet, but it does feel good.

So, take care. See you in a year :-)

When life hands you a lemon, that's 40% of your RDA of vitamin C taken care of.

This post was edited by null on Jul 13, 2008.


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