Thursday, May 9, 2013

Radical Projects

I started this to journal my paleo challenge but it's evolved into my radical projects. In 3 short months I've changed my eating habits, enhanced my crossfit performance, got a nose ring, was compelled to help start a women's circle, and taken on more graphic design jobs. I'm ready to have more fun and live life's routine with more emphasize on LIVING rather than routine.

I am calling this radical projects because not only are some of these radical for me but it takes such courage and vulnerability to step out of what's normal and predictable.

Last night was our first [new] women's group, we are embarking on a journey of exploration as independent women, allowing ourselves to dig a little deeper into subjects such as relationships, finances, spirituality and health/wellness (and so much more). We didn't all know each other so our first meeting was an introduction. Our "homework" was to bring personal/representative objects from our life. A way of telling bits and pieces of our stories through memories, photographs and objects. I thought about this intensly a few days before our gathering. How do you tell your story, what you're about in a matter of 10 minutes through objects. What's most important to tell people about yourself.

Map via Etsy

I shared my history, where I come from. The fact that my parents left their homeland, everything they knew with very little money and almost no knowledge of the language has shaped who I am. Their struggles, triumphs and love for us (children) could not go unmentioned when getting to know me. My family is my pride and joy. When Peter and I started dating and after he met my family, I told him, "if you don't like them it's not going to work. I love being around my family so you will have to get use to it and like them, A LOT". And thankfully to this day he has a great relationship with them all.

A few other items I shared was an atlas, tennis shoes (my necessity and love for working out) and of course a cookbook. I love to travel and through travel I have grown and it has shaped a lot of who I am. The world is my playground. It is more difficult to travel now with kids but last year during our winter holiday in Sedona, Peter and I made a pact that this year we would get out more to travel and explore. He is the best partner and has helped and supported me in this goal of ours.

So far we have trekked to Disneyland and camping but in a few short weeks we will be exploring San Francisco and shortly after Baja California, Mexico. This summer we have more camping and travel plans. I have been dreaming of seeing Big Sur and it's surroundings for a long time and can't wait to finally see this and this.

Have you taken your chances on any Radical Prjoects? Please share, because you never know when your radical project can inspire others and give them courage to live their dreams.