Monday, May 23, 2011
Remember what Bilbo used to say: It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet,
there's no knowing where you might be swept off to. - J.R.R. Tolkien
Some of you may have noticed my absence, and the lack of activity on my blog, but I assure you I had a very good reason. I had a rather pleasant job interview the other day, that lasted nearly 2 hours but they passed by like mere seconds. I was meeting the family of the triplets I'm going to take care of in a few months. They also have two of the cutest Maltese puppies, so the room was filled with babies lol. The job is in London, and I don't start right away, but I have sooooo many things to plan, that I couldn't resist telling you all about it. When I started this blog (just few days ago), I couldn't even dream of this kind of "productivity". I still can't believe it. But I guess when you focus on the things you want, sooner or later they will come your way (in my case sooner - yaaay). I can't say I imagined myself as a Nanny but I did daydream about a job in a foreign country lol. I think this could be the start of a wonderful adventure. ♥
Monday, May 16, 2011
Once upon a time, there was nothing to do with thoughts except remember them. There was no alphabet to transcribe them in, no paper to set them down upon. Anything that had to be preserved had to be preserved in memory. Any story that would be retold, any idea that would be transmitted, any piece of information that would be conveyed, first had to be remembered. Today it often seems we remember very little. When I wake up, the first thing I do is check my day planner, which remembers my schedule so that I donít have to. When I climb into my car, I enter my destination into a GPS device, whose spatial memory supplants my own. When I sit down to work, I hit the play button on a digital voice recorder or open up a notebook that holds the contents of my interviews.
I have photographs to store the images I want to remember, books to store knowledge, and now, thanks to Google, I rarely have to remember anything more than the right set of search terms to access humankindís collective memory. Growing up, in the days when you still had to punch seven buttons, or turn a clunky rotary dial, to make a telephone call, I could recall the numbers of all my close friends and family. Today, Iím not sure if I know more than four phone numbers by heart. And thatís probably more than most. According to a survey conducted in 2007 by a neuropsychologist at Trinity College Dublin, fully a third of Brits under the age of thirty canít remember even their own home land line number without puling it up on their handsets. The same survey found that 30 percent of adults canít remember the birthdays of more than three immediate family members. Our gadgets have eliminated the need to remember such things anymore. Forgotten phone numbers and birthdays represent minor erosions of our everyday memory, but they are part of a much larger story of how weíve supplanted our own natural memory with a vast superstructure of technological crutchesófrom the alphabet to the BlackBerry.
These technologies of storing information outside our minds have helped make our modern world possible, but theyíve also changed how we think and how we use our brains. With our blogs and tweets, digital cameras, and unlimited-gigabyte e-mail archives, participation in the online culture now means creating a trail of always present, ever searchable, unforgetting external memories that only grows as one ages. As more and more of our lives move online, more and more is being captured and preserved in ways that are dramatically changing the relationship between our internal and external memories. We are moving toward a future, it seems, in which we will have all encompassing external memories that record huge swaths of our daily activity.
So why bother investing in oneís memory in an age of externalized memories? The best answer I can give is the one that I received unwittingly from EP, whose memory had been so completely lost that he could not place himself in time or space, or relative to other people. That is: How we perceive the world and how we act in it are products of how and what we remember. Weíre all just a bundle of habits shaped by our memories. And to the extent that we control our lives, we do so by gradually altering those habits, which is to say the networks of our memory. No lasting joke, invention, insight, or work of art was ever produced by an external memory. Not yet, at least. Our ability to find humor in the world, to make connections between previously unconnected notions, to create new ideas, to share in a common culture: All these essentially human acts depend on memory. Now more than ever, as the role of memory in our culture erodes at a faster pace than ever before, we need to cultivate our ability to remember. Our memories make us who we are. They are the seat of our values and source of our character. - Joshua Foer
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn't formed in a day,
and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them. - Lee Haney
So I've been thinking about getting back to the program. After a lot of brainstorming on what exactly is my program, I decided to go with 30 Day Slim Down (Shred with a twist), instead of P90X. I have a few reasons for that;
#1 Jillian Michaels is easier to deal with than Tony Horton (although I LOVE the man)
#2 I may have an important trip planned soon, and I wouldn't want it to interfere with my training
#3 It will take me less time to finish it :P #
#4 When I finish this I can switch to P90X easily (and have more strength to do it as well).
Be brave and be patient. Have faith in yourself; trust in the significance of your life and the purpose of your passion. You are strong enough to sit in the space between spaces and allow divine inspiration to shed some light. When you put positive energy and productive effort into the world it will come back to you. Occasionally in ways you might not immediately understand and on a time frame you didnít expect. Look. Listen. Learn. Stay open. Your destiny is awaiting you. - Jillian Michaels
Hopefully I will be posting about my progress every Sunday (don't see the need to do it more than once a week), besides you'll be too busy reading my other awesome posts, right? RIGHT?! No backing down now, wish me luck :)
Friday, May 13, 2011
The way we eat has changed more in the last 50 years than in the previous 10,000, but the image thatís used to sell the food Ö you go into the supermarket and you see pictures of farmers. The picket fence and the silo and the 1930s farmhouse and the green grass. The reality is Ö itís not a farm, itís a factory. That meat is being processed by huge multi-national corporations that have very little to do with ranches and farmers. There is this deliberate veil, this curtain thatís drawn between us and where our food is coming from. The industry doesnít want you to know the truth about what youíre eating because if you knew, you might not want to eat it. - Food, Inc.
More about it on my blog:
Thursday, May 12, 2011
I can't believe it's almost June. I'm thinking about my NY resolutions, and on top - OF COURSE - is getting fit, I decided once and for all, to start working out regularly & to live up to my full potential. I've lost 10lbs before I joined SP, and then I lost some here as well - So Far, So Good - I'm pretty satisfied. It's not perfect but I keep on trying and not giving up. Not every day is good, but not every day is bad either.
I started reading a lot, there are certain things you don't want to discuss with anyone (and sometimes you just don't have a "qualified" person to talk to), so books come handy. I hardly believe that my friends would want to discuss meditation, yoga or zen with me lol. But that's ok, I love books and I love learning new things (secret of youth, right there - learning new things - don't ever stop being curious!).
Not having a steady job resulted in having to push "pause button" on my education. I think that there, was the biggest blow that resulted in why I am here today, losing weight, getting fit, getting back on track and "out of the gutter", so to speak. Suddenly you lose perspective of who you are. If I'm not working, if my education is "on ice", who am I? What am I worth?!
So I spent New Year's eve home, thinking about steps to take to change my situation around. I started meditation, I started praying, I spent time outdoors, I started a blog lol. Mini steps that caused a major change, emotionally and physically. For once, in a long long period of time, I saw the light at the end of the tunnel.
Today I found out that I might get a job in London as a nanny (live-in childminder). And I live approx 1005 miles (1617.43 km) away form UK lol. So that IS pretty exciting. How positive thinking, and switching my focus from bad to good, can make such extraordinary results. I don't have the job yet, but a few months ago I couldn't even dream about applying for it. The interview is probably next week, I have a good feeling about this guys. Wish me luck :)
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