The purpose to the goals I've set forth for myself this year is to really rediscover or recapture the joie de vivre I experienced while living in England. While G is still on the lookout for any opportunity for us to go back there, it is also important to really adapt to here. It may take more effort, but it can be done.
We've managed it somewhat, with the farmer's markets and frequenting small businesses. We walk often while out, but realized we need to incorporate walking more. We had begun to be less intentional with life, to live more mindlessly, and so decided that "Intentional" is the word of the year. Intentional with eating, intentional with getting out more, intentional with every aspect of the life we are leading.
We began on a good foot with New Year's Eve, choosing to stay in and have a dinner with a few courses. We begun with a pea soup, something neither of us had had before (for the record it was delicious!). The next course was a small salmon filet flavored with lemon and roasted fingerling potatoes. We finished up with some baguette and a French cheese that had the coloring and consistency of softened butter. All this was enjoyed while savoring Veuve Clicquot's Grande Dame 1998 champagne I had picked up this summer for when G returned. The champagne, it must be said, is absolutely divine, and I wish was more affordable for our weekly bubbly! We were still eating our cheese course as it struck midnight. We finished the evening with coffee and a movie, with Nora tucked into us.
Life truly is what you make of it. And it's not perfection; we fall off our course often, but make the choice to make our way back to the path we feel is the best way to live. It takes speaking up, being honest with one's partner and oneself. It takes debating the little things. Last night we finally purchased a flat screen t.v. after being back here for 2 1/2 years. We originally had planned to purchase a 40" but decided that the 32" would be more than enough for our movie viewing. It was something small, but it was a choice we made in what was and wasn't all that important to us. By going with the smaller t.v. (which after we chose it turned out to be on sale for $20 off) and grabbed the blu-ray player (on sale for $50 off), we ended up being about $300 under our budget for this purchase!
And it is just that---choosing what in life is important to you, and creating a life filled with that. Please stick around for a year full of small decisions that add up to an intentionally well-lived life.