Your Internet Palate Cleanser: Sweaty Lizard

This lizard is all of us in Austin right now. I don’t speak Arabic (or what I think is Arabic — please correct me) but watching this lil guy plop down from sheer heat exhaustion needs no translation 🙂

 

 

 

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Your Internet Palate Cleanser: Corgnelius

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If you haven’t heart of Corgnelius, you owe it to yourself to read this article and check out this website

Corgnelius’ chill vibe isn’t help me readjust to the work week.  If you’re need of a break from the ocean garbage patch that is social media lately, I encourage you to follow this adorable fluffers on Instagram and Facebook.

 

Update from a Blocked Blogger

Wow! it’s been about three weeks since I’ve updated this blog.

When I first started, I promised myself that I would blog once a week and kept it up for a while but now I just can’t find the energy anymore. The good news is that I got a temp job, but that bad news is that my days are long and I’m completely drained of energy by the time I get home. It’s a good problem to have, but I need to be more disciplined about my writing.

It’s not like I don’t have things to write about, I just choose to veg out in front of the TV when I get home instead of summoning up some extra creative energy. This leads to guilt, which leads to further procrastination. I’m not going to make any promises about when my next post will be or what it will be about. I just want to get the ball roll again even if it means writing about not writing.
Thanks to all of you who are still following me 🙂

Still a Freak and a Geek at 34

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Reminder: Adults don’t have their shit together either.

I’m (very) late to the party but I finally got around to watch Freaks and Geeks and it’s just as amazing as everybody said it was. Isn’t it great when things actually live up to the hype? Unlike so many shows about high school, the characters are three-dimensional, fully realized humans. It’s deeply heartfelt and funny. It also reminds you how terrible, confusing and occasionally wonderful high school was. This is not a review of Freaks and Geeks. For that, you can read the always on-point critiques of the AV Club.

This post is about the wandering part of Wandering Professional. I’m still trying to figure out my place in the world, just as I was in high school. I’m a little tougher and wiser, but still pretty lost. I’m still attempting to love myself in a world that tells me I should be less sensitive, talk less, weigh less, expect less from my boyfriend, work for less pay than my male colleagues. Sometimes it feels that I’m already too much before I’ve really shown myself to anyone.

As an adult, one of the many things we’re negotiating is what to change about ourselves and what we should accept. I know I’d like to change: be a better writer, friend, and girlfriend. Eat slower and healthier. The hard part is the self-acceptance.

Before I love myself,  I need to learn to be at peace with myself first. So many of us want to get to loving ourselves without taking the first step of self-acceptance, which is like building a house without building a foundation.

Often, people will say things like “humans are a work-in-progress,” but I don’t fully buy that. Eventually, work is finished. As humans, we grow until we die. The sad truth is that most of us don’t get around to the enlightenment and self-actualization that seems to be the ideal of so much of the self-help and religious movements. We die beautiful, but unfinished works of art.

 

 

Inspired by Travel: Brazil

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

When I was 17, I was a Rotary Club exchange student and lived in Brazil from 1999 to 2000. It was one of the happiest and most challenging times in my life. I ate amazing food, met crazy smart and fun people from all over the world. On rainy overcast days like today, I still think of Brazil’s beautiful, postcard ready beaches, drinking agua de coco and eating fresh seafood while listening to animated conversations in melodic Brazilian Portuguese.

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous