I hear the bang of the door as María thrusts it open with her typical dramatics. The banging doesn't happen as often now that she hasn’t lived in this house for four years- her five younger siblings haven’t quite inherited her expressiveness.
Heart racing, I steadied myself with a deep breath, letting the familiar smell of dirt, greens, and sunscreen wash over me. It’s just another Saturday, I told myself as I bought honey and carrots from the smiling Mr. Ron. He was always perched on the front end of the farmer’s market, selling with a reliably beaming grin.
Stick with the Classics
If you love Les Miserables, Downton Abbey, or Pride & Prejudice, but you cringe when you hear a string quartet playing Ariana Grande, consider something else for a show to take you back in time.
There are many ways to turn a breakfast special into several meals, if you only know the tricks. Emma-Jean knew them all. She frequented diners as she flitted up and down the Georgia coast, her three-year-old daughter in tow. With barely enough money to get by, and certainly not enough to pay for rent, she had to make meals stretch.
Be, and do it well
Whenever someone starts talking about wellness goals and a healthier lifestyle, my mind autofills the standard droning list: less screen time, eat better, sleep more, save money, etc. etc. My eyes glaze over just thinking about it. We know. We all know what we’re expected to do when January 1st rolls around. And, we all know what happens by January 3rd. It’s hard to overhaul deeply ingrained habits for no reason other than a flip on the calendar and an increase in gym advertisements. Does all this "New Year, New Me" really motivate us to do better or does it just remind us of who we aren’t? True lifestyle changes happen when you actually enjoy what you are doing and when you do it with other people. There has to be a reason for the change other than a number on a scale or a box to check off. Those types of extrinsic motivations simply don’t last long.