Minimalism Days 11-17: A Vacation, Ear Infection, Crying Session and Some Adulting

You'll have to excuse the poor writing quality that is about to take place; I currently have a sinus infection, bronchitis and an ear infection so between the stuffy head, coughing and pain in my ear, my ability to write was affected. It literally just took me forty-five minutes to even get that sentence down. It also doesn't help that it's been a whole week since I've written anything, my brain always seems to have a hard time jumping back into it after that long of a break. 

Like I said it's been a week, so I have quite a bit to write about. I mean I went on a vacation, did some adult shit, slacked on my minimalism a little bit and had quite the mental breakdown this morning. 

I like to get the bad out of the way first, so we'll address my morning. I woke up still coughing up every fluid in my body (sorry, that was gross) with a pain and ringing in my ear, so it wasn't the most pleasant wake up. (I'm going to go ahead and get this out of the way - I am so grateful to have woken up this morning, but it still made me sad waking up like this). So, I decided that five days of this yucky sickness was long enough and made the decision to go to the doctor. After showering and getting dressed, I went to my car to leave and it wouldn't start. Even better. I don't do well with being sick and feeling stressed, so I just started crying. I cried for about twenty minutes until one of my co-workers came and jumped my car. Thankfully it started right away, so I was on my way to the doctor which is when I found out all that was going on with my body. He gave me some prescriptions and then I headed to work. It was just one of those days where I wanted it to hurry up, so I could go to sleep and wake up the next day feeling a million times better. I try to make everyday good, but between the crying and headache, I didn't have the energy. 

While I was on vacation and sneezing every five seconds, I became a bad minimalist. I bought a sweatshirt, a hat and shirts for my sisters. All things that aren't necessities, but considering what I normally spend on vacation to the $150 I spent in Boston (some of that was also on food, which I had to spend) I think I did pretty freaking awesome. The part that's bad is that in addition to me spending money, I haven't written down anything I'm appreciative for in a week, and I've talked to God once, maybe twice each day (really long talks on the plane though). On the bright side though, I still haven't had any fast food, I've been reading my new book every night and I learned so many new things while in Boston. 

I also had quite the realization last night about being an adult. I can pretend and write about stuff all I want, but if I'm not taking actions to be more responsible, then I'm really just doing all this for nothing. So, I set up a payment plan for a bill that I owe, I paid off two medical bills and I switched my car insurance to Geico. LET ME TELL YOU, I REALLY DID SAVE MONEY BY SWITCHING TO GEICO. I was paying $340 a month and now I'm paying $175 a month. I can't even begin to describe how excited I am about this. Then, I went through all my old files, shredded ones I didn't need anymore and organized all my important documents. I did every piece of laundry I had, I cooked dinner, ate and cleaned. ALL IN ONE NIGHT. Getting your ass out of bed (I still had Netflix on while I did all this) really does wonders and once you get started it all just flows and you can't stop. 

And even though today wasn't one of my best days, I can't complain too much because I just got back from an awesome vacation to Boston which was so much different than I expected it to be. It was like a bigger, northern version of Charleston with it's rich history, beautiful harbor and surplus of great places to enjoy a beer except even better because it has my new favorite, clam chowder. I was there four days and had five bowls of clam chowder, that's how much I enjoyed it. I tried it for the first time on Thursday night and I was hooked from the first bite. I also had some delicious queso and shrimp tacos with pickled onions (also a first) at a tequila bar in the market area. Fenway Park was unbelievable. I'm not a Red Sox fan, but the energy those fans have is intoxicating. Even though we only made it to the top of the fifth inning because of my annoying sinus issues, it was an experience of a lifetime to see a game at Fenway. The Freedom Trail was filled with history of our awesome country, but the Boston Tea Party museum was by far the best part of the whole trip. It was a little corny, but was eye-opening and really makes you appreciate how brave the people were who founded our country and made the stand against Britain way back in the day. Definitely one of my top trips all thanks to my mom who planned the entire trip and paid for 98% of everything. Love you, mean it. 

This is one of those times where I really value the art of writing and what it does for me. I went from feeling drained and ready for tomorrow to come to remembering all the great stuff that has also happened. I almost forgot that I can't breathe through my nose and am totally over my car not starting or my semi-not great day at work because there's so much more to life that I have to be thankful for and writing it all down reminded me of that. 

By the way, I also remembered that I wanted to cross painting off my list of things to try out as an adult because after the Bottles and Brushes class that my boss/dad sent all of us girls to on Wednesday night taught me that it'll probably take me years of learning to become even a decent painter. 

Brittany Wright