Posts tagged ‘quitting’

March 30, 2011

Just in time for warm weather!

I’m officially living the dream.  No more getting dressed for work, dealing with bosses.  No more… paychecks.  Ok, so almost the dream.  I’ve been planning my exit strategy for a while now, but I have to admit that I left a little prematurely.  At some point there is a line that you need to draw – one that clearly identifies what is and is not something you are willing to do for money.  It was very cinematic at least, I felt like a revolutionary – waking up from the dream to remember that life existed (and still does!) beyond those walls.

I had a couple of days where I alternated between celebratory lounging and panic.  It’s funny how all of those big plans I had seemed to suddenly escape me.  BUT – I made a list.  I WILL remind myself what I really want and I will seize this opportunity in free time to make them happen.  The list is as follows;

  1. Finish book proposal (More on this later)
  2. Open ETSY shop (I have some things in the works)
  3. Start a web-comic (Or something illustration related, preferably published on a schedule online so as to keep my motivated)
  4. Buy an RV (Long term goal, one that involves WVO conversion, solar paneling, and eventual full time living and traveling)

There’s also a book or two I’ve been meaning to read… in a bathtub.  Better get started!

 

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February 25, 2011

80 days, No smoking !

That’s right, it’s been 80 days since my last cigarette, and it has not been easy.  Even now, almost three months later, I still crave them.  I have dreams almost every night that in some way involve me smoking and later reeling with regret.  I smoked for ten years, and I’ve “tried” to quit several times, but I feel like I can finally celebrate my success.

You can read about all of the positive effects of quitting smoking here.  The most surprising and wonderful side effect for myself has been one that I’ve never heard mention of before, and that’s mood.  I feel like I have a lot more patience with people, and am just generally more pleasant than I used to be.  In a way, this makes me kind of sad to think that I spent ten years of my life feeling less alive than I could have.

If you’re wondering how I did it, or how I continue to do it, it’s quite simple, really.  I decided to.  I know, it sounds so trite!  All other previous attempts I had set out to quit for the sake of quitting, because it is what you are supposed to do.  This time I set out to be a non-smoker.  I thought about fresh breath, energy, and extra money.  I chose not to tell certain people, so I would have nobody to sneak around.

I did it for myself this time, nobody else, and it has stuck.  When I get the urge, I remind myself of how far I have come, and how much more I enjoy my life these days.  I spent nearly half of my life and somewhere around $15,000 on cigarettes, and I’m proud to say it has ended.