Have you ever wanted to invite people you didn’t know at all for dinner? If you could pick anyone, who would you invite? I asked myself, if I were hosting a dinner, who would I pick to come over and enjoy a delicious meal and a glass of wine? I also asked myself why I would want to.
So I thought about it for a few days, I asked myself why I would want them over and the questions I would ask them. So I hope you find this interesting or entertaining and don’t forget to share some of your opinions on my dinner!
The Guest List:
- Jane Austen: I would invite Jane over because I would love to get her two cents in on gender issues of 2015. Jane who writes amazing stories with strong characters both men and women. Not only does she write about love, determination, personal struggles but some of the things she writes about resonate with me in certain ways. Sense & Sensibility is actually one of my favourites because I am a combination of the Dashwood sisters. I see myself in both of those characters. I would also ask her our of all her books which one was her favourite, I would like to get to know which character she related to the most and why? I also would ask her about being a writer and submitting her work anonymously and the struggle that she had to endure in her field. I like that she was a non-conformist to the idea of that era and that her characters reflected that in most cases.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald: One of my favourite authors ever. He wrote my favourite book ever (No, not the Great Gatsby) butThis Side of Paradise. Why? Well, because it’s a reflection of his own experiences and life. I would ask him how he embraced that and put it into words. Since I like to write in my journals and attempting short stories, I would ask him questions about how to get the juices flowing from my experiences. I have ideas but sometimes I can’t seem to remember how to write a coherent sentence. I would ask him how he captured his essence and trapped it in his pen to share with us.
- Carlos Ruiz Zafon: Well, because he’s a spanish novelist. He also wrote one of my favourite books. The Shadow of the Wind was life changing. A book about a secret place filled with secret books isn’t that magical? I love his work. I would ask him about where he gets his mystery, crime, gothic inspiration from. I want to know how he was able to capture Spain in all it’s 19th century glory and gore, from photographs? Stories he’s read or heard? I would like to know how he managed to captivate my mind and allow it to walk the streets and feel the rush of adrenaline while running away from the mysterious figure.
- Margaret Atwood: Okay, who wouldn’t want her at dinner? I would ask her about how she feels where Canada is going now on climate change? Politics? Cause I know she obviously has all the answers to life. I’d ask her where her favourite place is in Quebec. I’d talk to her about Oryx and Crake, MaddAddam, and the Year of the Flood because how could you not? These books defined how I see the world. I know half of these things do not exist yet but are we not far off? Are we not destroying our planet? Our bees disappearing? Creating and mixing DNA and trying to “fix” ourselves? Oh gosh, I think that this would turn into an interesting conversation.
Okay, so as you can see I would invite authors to my dinner. I think having a diverse group and people from different era’s would bring great perspective and knowledge. These authors are all great thinkers and amazing writers who captivate audiences every day. I don’t know if I could contribute much to the discussion because I’d be in awe but I know that I would be fascinated with the conversation that would be happening under my roof with a glass of wine.
I know, I know I’m a little late with my Sunday Yoga. I got super busy today since I spent most of the day cleaning the house so that my mom won’t have to do much. Her birthday is tomorrow and I want to just make sure she has nothing to do at home but just sit back and relax.
Anyway, Day 3 already. I’m actually really happy I’m making this part of my routine. I’m slowly incorporating yoga movements after my workout to really stretch out tight spots like my shoulders and calves. I’m loving it. I have gotten a bit lazier with my workouts because it’s cold out and I’m not a big fan of running outside in the cold. Here’s the video for this week, Adrienne talks about forgetting what we know about yoga but I really really like how yoga just makes you focus on your body and mind and nothing else. (For some reason, I’m having issues posting the videos on here so here’s the link Yoga with Adrienne: Day 3)
Yes, I’m cheating with some of my images. I didn’t get a chance to take any videos or photos for this weeks post. I’m trying to figure out this whole new layout. I’ve also decided to keep this post super brief, I haven’t had much time to go over my list these past few days.
Before my session:
I was super tired because I spent most of my morning cleaning and doing errands, so that my momma doesn’t have to do anything for her birthday. I did feel a little tense, I’ve been waking up still feeling tense and tight. I don’t know if it has to do with the colder temperatures.
During my session:
Loved it. Loved it. There was a focus on core and her theme of the day was “forgetting what we know” about yoga. I think that was cool because sometimes I think yoga is really hard especially since I can’t do many of the “cool” moves. I injured myself when I was younger so my back tends to be quite tight and also my calves can get really tight probably because of when I had my club feet fixed as a kid. I don’t know why I’m always so tense and tight. Anyway, I really loved this session because it really made me shake and work on areas I didn’t think that I would be so weak. I work out a lot and I’ve seen some improvement but clearly, there is still so much I need to work on (cough * upper body * cough).
After my session:
Good. I feel good. Until next week!
So it’s been about a week since I’ve written a post! I’ve been taking a few days off to just continue figuring out my life and learning to appreciate myself, my situation and everything around me. I won’t lie it has been hard but there is one thing that I quite have been enjoying which is being alone.
I’ve been spending quite of a few days on my own and it’s been quite interesting. The other day, I actually called up a friend and we talked on the phone which felt really nice to do. Since I’m also quite limited with going out right now since I’m still “funemployed” (not so fun at this point though), I try to just stay home or do things that don’t require too much spending. This limitation has been quite rewarding though. I have learned a bit more about myself so I thought I’d share them with you!
- I like tea–Yep! I really like tea. There is nothing like sitting staring out a window of a coffee shop and drinking tea. I try to do this more frequently and I just write down my thoughts as I sit there. My thoughts, observations, feelings, I like to jot them down and just embrace the moment of being alone. We all knew I love tea a little too much but I’ve learned to appreciate the taste, the feelings and the comfort of tea.
- I know a lot. Okay, so this sounds like a humble brag but I really do know a lot. I’ve spent my whole life learning a bit about everything, so that I could be a well-rounded person which is probably also my downfall at the moment. I like and know a little too much for my own good, which doesn’t allow me to pick one thing. I have so many interests in life that I can’t seem to find my focus which has been a bit detrimental to my success. I know sometimes you really do have to pick one and go with it for a bit. I’m spending a lot of time figuring that out and I really do like where I’m heading, it’s just taking a little longer than usual.
- I’ve become more vocal. Even though I’m spending a lot of time on my own, whenever I’m with people, I’ve learned to be more vocal. All my quiet time on my own, allows me to really think about things before speaking them. I still suck a long conversations but I can sorta maintain my confidence in speaking. A downfall is that sometimes I’m too quiet during conversations, I let people say things that are wrong and I need to speak out more. I do enjoy listening to people more than I used to. It allows me to get to understand their thoughts and who they are based on what they say. I guess, it has also made me a bit more judge-y about who I hang with. If you’re saying racist, sexist, or anything remotely disrespectful, I prefer to not speak to you. I know that sounds bad but it’s how I roll these days.
- I’ve got a lot going on in my brain. I have been able to do a lot of mental digging. I have thought about my past, what caused me to stunt my own personal growth these days. I know that sounds silly but I’ve looked back at my personal traumas and I’ve been trying to pick out when and where did I change and why. I want to understand myself better and avoid repeating mistakes, avoid bad situations and especially letting go of things that really hurt me. I have a lot going on in here. I guess that’s why sometimes I can’t seem to focus. I need to air all my laundry out and get going with my life.
- I’m stronger than I give myself credit for. Although my family can sometimes call me the weakest, the most emotional one and that I really need to control what I cry for. I like to think I’m strong. I’m strong because I’ve endured bullying, endured almost being homeless during high school with my family, I’ve endured family health and personal health problems, I’ve made it through every panic attack, anxiety, even depression. I’m still fighting for what I deserve, what I want and I guess that makes me strong even if somedays I feel like calling it quits
- I can’t wait to live on my own. I actually think that once I get a job that pays well and once I start paying of some of my student debt, I will be able to manage on my own. I honestly can’t wait for that. I love my family, I love living with my parents, it really has helped take off a load but I think at some point, I decided that It’s time for me to live my own life. I will obviously spend a lot of time with them but I think it’ll help me grow a lot more being on my own.
So here are some of the self-reflecting moments I’ve had recently. I don’t know what it is but I really enjoy my downtime. For example, right now I’m alone in my room while wearing a face mask (though this will be posted tomorrow morning). I sat here feeling inspired to share with you what has been going on in my brain for the last few weeks. I know it may not seem much to some but to me, it is making all the difference to understand myself, what makes me tick, what makes me happy and what I plan to do.
Thanks for reading!