I have been continually focused on finding balance and happiness in my life. I am trying to stay focused on the important things and the important people who bring good into my life. Most of all, I am continuing to try to enjoy the opportunities that life can bring and fully committing myself to those moments; being present in the moment. As an example, last weekend I was in New Orleans for a bachelorette party. I go to so many bachelorette parties each year, but I wanted this weekend to be different. Spending time with my life long friends and enjoying all the wonderful things that New Orleans has to offer, I couldn’t think of a better way to achieve balance and happiness in my life and also live in the moment. I can say with all honestly, I succeeded in my goal, I was present in every single moment and so happy. The atmosphere and life of that city was running through my body along the comfort of life long friends made for the perfect weekend. I found myself just smiling and it was a wonderful feeling.
A couple of nights ago I went to the movie theater and saw Eat, Pray, Love, a Julia Roberts movie based on the book by Elizabeth Gilbert. I read the book and couldn’t wait to see the movie. The book, in a nutshell is about the author’s journey around the world (Italy, India, Bali) looking for happiness, balance, spirituality and a way to love life again after a bad divorce. Not only did I love the book, but I loved the movie as well. The movie could have done a better job at explaining her emptiness, sadness and struggle that lead to her divorce but past that, I felt like they hit on most major events in the book.
With my own focus on balance and happiness in my life, like the author, I took a cue from this wonderful book (& movie) and decided that I am going to do my own Eat, Pray, Love journey….Minneapolis Style! Unlike the author, I can’t take a year off work to travel and unlike the author I have a wonderful man by my side, so I am making my version a little different. Here’s my plan….
Eat; Eating is something that I would say overall I’m pretty darn good at enjoying. I’ve never been one to deprive myself of a good meal so I won’t make this journey any different. Some of the best times of my life are surrounded by a good meal and good friends or family. Although I plan to take my own trip to Italy someday soon, I thought I would find the best Italian restaurant in the city according to reviews and recommendations online. So I am going to start the “Eat” portion of my journey at Biella Restaurant. Prince Edward Island mussels to start, Caprese Salad and Penne Bolognese alla Rossa. Perfecto!
Pray; Growing up in a Jewish household with a catholic dad, I always felt like I got the best of both worlds. Wonderful traditions on both sides of my family and there is nothing better than a night full of Hanukkah presents and then a stocking full of presents on Christmas morning when you are a little girl. The religious environment I grew up in was pretty simple. Mom was Jewish, I am Jewish. I never went to the church with my dad, I wasn’t raised to believe in anything but the Jewish faith and my dad was always very supportive of that. As an adult, my religious beliefs are still those of the jewish faith, but I consider myself more spiritual than religious. Marrying a catholic man like my mom did will make for a similar up-bringing for my children as it was for me, an understanding that mom and dad are different but supportive of each others backgrounds and belief systems. My Eat, Pray, Love journey comes at a good time as the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashana and the holiest day of the Jewish year Yom Kippur are just around the corner. Although I don’t frequent the synagogue during the year, I have made it an important custom to attend Rosh Hashana services with my mom, my Grandma Mare, my dad and Ted. It’s my hope that this year will be no different and that I will go with my family to pray for all the good things in my world; family, health, balance and happiness.
Love; This part thankfully is also easy for me. No need to go looking for love, I have it at home, something I try to never take for granted. A co-worker of mine brought her son to college last week. While she was gone, I handled some meetings for her and in thanking me for doing that she got me one night stay at The Grand Hotel downtown. The Grand Hotel is the same place that Ted and I stayed the night after we got engaged so it’s not only special for us but the perfect way to end my Eat, Pray, Love, Minneapolis Style journey.
If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend you do.
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