Where do you invest your love?

I'm simultaneously maintaining the contradictory beliefs that:

1) the universe is governed by a series of immutable laws with no consciousness (no God), and

2) the universe is conspiring to teach me something during my time on Earth.

I'm intimately aware of the cognitive dissonance this requires. But I can't seem to pin down what I believe.

At the beginning of the new year, I declared that it would be very hard for 2013 to be worse than 2012.

What am I doing with my life?

I've spent the better part of the last few weeks trying to figure out what this blog is going to be about. I'm sure you don't want to read about the minutiae of my every day life, and even if you do, well, I have boundaries. As fascinated as I'm sure you are by my [...]

3 Reasons You Don’t Have to Finish What You Start

Have you ever made a to-do list based on the person you aspire to become? Do you ever do things or set goals for yourself because of what you *think* you should be doing rather than what you *actually* want to do? That's how I feel about my goals list sometimes. Because I'm young and [...]

5 Steps I’m Taking Towards Beating Procrastination

Sometimes, when I sit down to work, I feel completely overwhelmed. For me, procrastination isn't so much a desire to be doing anything but working as it is a desire to do everything at the same time. Or sometimes, it's the desire to be working on everything except what I *should* be doing. The problem, [...]

How to Plan for Life After a Tragedy: 7 Steps to Expecting the Unexpected

I don't want to think about tragedies any more than anyone else does, but last Monday, as we neared our first wedding anniversary, Hamid and I did some planning. I knew it was a good idea. What I didn't know was how quickly I would be proven right. On Thursday, a very dear friend's husband [...]

101 Goal Challenge: Week 6

My second full week of non-employment was fabulously productive for my 101 goals list. On Tuesday, I went to the Préfecture, or police department, in my region, which is the first step towards applying for a French resident card (#86). While the process of applying for the card is not that complicated, going to the [...]

101 Goal Challenge: Week 5

I'm free! Tuesday was my last day of work at my former job, and man, am I glad to be done with that. As I expected, my boss used my multipotentiality to give me a smaller severance that we had agreed to and to insult me during my exit interview: "I just get the impression [...]

101 Goal Challenge: Week #4

I didn't make a whole lot of progress on my list this week. It was my last full week, Hamid was out visiting his family in Lorraine, and the cat was still staying at his sister's house from our trip to Switzerland. So I was a bit lonely. On the bright side, I finally got [...]

101 Goal Challenge: The First 3 Weeks

It's been 3 weeks since I started the 101 goal challenge, and so far, I've made a bit of progress on some of my goals. Here's what I've done: In order to remind myself regularly about working towards my goals (in case my dorky notebook and color-coded Evernote list aren't enough), I created a survey [...]

The List

Though I originally heard of the idea reading The Simple Dollar, the 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge was originally started by a website called the Day Zero Project. These are the instructions on their website: Day Zero started out with the catchy challenge of completing 101 things in 1001 days. This has been enormously popular [...]