I have decided to do a little life update post to check in with you lovely readers and share some of what has been going on with me lately. Why? Well because why not?
Anyway, seeing how this year is kinda almost sorta over, I thought it would be a good time to check in with everyone on my progress of some goals, let you know what is coming up for Scale it Simple and tell you what else is new in my extremely interesting life.
Thanks for stopping by.
For those of you who don’t know, at the beginning of this year, I made a personal goal to read 30 books by the end of December. At first, I thought this was madness and completely impossible, but the more I got reading the easier it became. Currently, I read through almost a book a week, making me basically an awesome, super smart reading machine.
Check out my Goodreads to see what books I have been reading here.
You can expect more posts like these coming your way, and possibly a recap of all books read by me at the end of the year! Hooray!
Listen up nerds.
I have been thinking about creating a 2017 reading challenge to start up at the beginning of the new year. For all of us to keep each other motivated in reaching our reading goals for 2017! What are the thoughts on that? Would you join a 2017 reading challenge?
What else have I been up to?
Well perhaps one of the main contributors to me reading like a madwoman has been the fact that I have been in self-imposed isolation for most of the summer. Literally living in the woods. It has been marvelous.
Living out of town in the middle of almost nowhere has been so peaceful and enriching for my soul. It is wonderful to be away from the hustle and bustle of everything and close to nature.
Being unplugged with a cup of tea and a book almost every evening, hearing the sounds of loons and owls and looking at the milky way out my window while in bed has given me all the happiness I ever need. I mean what more could you want?
So my summer, in a nutshell, has consisted of quiet and calm moments like the one pictured below. Now that winter is coming (hehe) it is back to snow and city life until next spring, a thought that gives me little comfort. Just saying.
I have always been interested in meditation and Buddhism as some of you may know from reading my blog. However, about 3 months ago I decided that I needed to take my personal practice to the next level. I took a leap and began going to a mediation center to begin group meditation. A decision that has slowly been changing my life.
I am now on the Shambhala path to being a practicing Buddhist.
Do you think that’s weird? Well, you wouldn’t be the only one. When people find out I’m a practicing Buddhist half of them think I have joined some kind of weird hippy community, and look at me as if I have three heads and possibly a LSD addition.
Regardless of the judgment I sometimes experience, I am understanding to the fact that it is a very foreign concept to practice Buddhism in the west and even more strange to practice in Newfoundland. As the main “religion” is still Irish Catholic in this province, with little communities that differ from that mainstream. But there is a whole community practicing Buddhists here from all different walks of life practicing a life of loving kindness, and i am happy to now be a part of that community!
Meditation and Buddhism allow me to stretch my knowledge of my own consciousness and has been an amazing addition to my life.
If you have any questions about Buddhism or Shambhala please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to talk with you more about it! I will also be writing about these topics more in the future, so stay tuned.
Alright, so we all know that I am a bit of a travel junkie. I and my boyfriend have opted out of the white picket fence for the time being and decided to make travel and adventure the priority. No regrets there!
We traveled to Belgium and Amsterdam in May, a trip that was in the works for over a year (I love to plan.) It was worth every bit of planning because the trip was everything I had hoped for and more! You can check out some posts about that trip here.
So of course as soon as we returned I began planning the next adventure, and I think we have made a decision on where to go. The goal is Portugal, September 2017. Awesome, yes I know.
Why Portugal? Great prices, it’s a culture like none I have experienced before, it has some of the best beaches and lots of cool AF history! I love me a good history lesson.
So that’s the travel plan as of now. Any thoughts? Have you ever been to Portugal? Anything I should see or do?
Don’t forget to join Scale it Simple this Saturday for the first ever Fall Feeling Blog Party!
Bring a cup of tea, your favorite blog posts and be prepared to discover some new bloggers. I can’t wait to “see” you all there!