Minimalizing my life

Does this add value to my life? Is this something that I need? Is it filling a void inside me?

These are things I have been asking myself lately as I begin to pack up my life and move once again. As an aside, I love moving! It’s one of my favourite things to do! Anyway – do I need all this stuff I have accumulated in the past three years? In the past 5 years? Why do I still have a box of stuff from China hiding under my dresser? Do I think it’s going to suddenly add value to my life somehow? I really don’t think so.

The Minimalists documentary has fascinated me since I saw it the first time back in January. I am watching it again to justify how I’m feeling right now. It is something that really resonates with me, and its making me take stock of the stuff in my life – and not just material stuff. Stuff in my head that I’ve been carrying around for years. It really is time to let it all go.

I was a much calmer person three years ago when I was in China. Coming back to Canada, getting a job that I just needed to have – I needed an income in order to live back here – but it’s not a career. Being an English teacher overseas truly changed the way I thought, and the way I reacted to people. I don’t necessarily want to go back to the travelling teacher end of things – at least not right now with a grandson arriving soon! But I want to feel that calmness again. And I know that having the minimal amount of things will help me with that. I am going to be calm and as stress-free as possible. I want to add value to my life by doing something that means something to me.

So I am moving on, to a new adventure, a new chapter in my life, and my stuff from the past will be left behind, as much as I can. As for the box of stuff from China under my dresser – I will let it go – sometime!

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These are the treasures of China that I treasure the most

Daily Thought – June 30

It’s okay to be mad, sad, angry at the world – just remember not to let it take over yourself and your well-being. Be productive, be pro-active, protest, or sit quietly and meditate. Do what you need to do for your well-being and peace of mind.

My choice – surfing the internet for trip planning. It puts me in a good place, dreaming of far away places to visit.

Don’t despair – life is going to get better. It always does. Look for that rainbow!

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Me in Valle de la Luna – The Atacama Desert

Chocolate Lasagna

  • 1 package chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Oreos), crushed
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons cold milk, divided
  • 1 tub Cool Whip
  • 1 package Instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips (either semisweet or milk)

Add 36 chocolate cookies to a large zip-top plastic bag and crush until fine crumbs form.

Transfer crumbs to a large bowl. Stir in melted butter. Transfer the mixture to a 9×13 baking dish. Press crumbs into the bottom of pan. Place in refrigerator to chill while working on other layers.

Mix the cream cheese with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons milk and mix well. Stir in 1 1/4 cups Cool Whip. Spread mixture over cookie crust.

In a bowl, combine chocolate instant pudding with 3 1/4 cups cold milk. Whisk for several minutes until pudding begins to thicken. Spread mixture over previous layer. Allow the dessert to rest for 5 minutes so the pudding can firm up further.

Spread the remaining Cool Whip over the top. Sprinkle evenly with mini chocolate chips. Place in freezer for 1 hour or in refrigerator for 4 hours before serving.

Making memories

Well my time in my hometown is coming to an end, again. I have moved back here a few times over my adult life, and again I am moving on in a month. I am so grateful to have been able to reconnect with old high school friends, make some new friends along the way, and be with my family over the past 3 years-ish. I will miss Welland but I am not going too far this time so I will be back often for visits. In the meantime, I will enjoy the lovely park beside near me, and enjoy the time I have left here.