This Girl’s Life

I’m a Co-op member! Today I became part owner of the Common Ground Whole Foods Co-op here in my town. Now, this does not mean that I am rich or that I will be getting checks from the store. It means that I am one person along with over 2500 here in my town who have a share in the store. Since the store is a non-profit, income is derived through community donations and member/owner investments and purchases. The co-ownership fee was a mere $60 and is fully refundable shall I decide to move or no longer shop at the store. The major perk of co-ownership is the discounts. As we all know, natural and organic foods are not cheap. Since I have begun to buy more natural and organic food it is important to me that I do not go broke in the process, therefore this opportunity seemed like a great one. And it is. Those who invest in the store (and other co-ops like this) are helping to support and sustain local farmers and the production and distribution of natural and organic foods.

Spring Break has arrived and I am thrilled! I get a week away from stress-inducing students and headache-inducing course prep. While I think that teaching is one of the best jobs on earth (who else gets christmas, summer, spring, and holiday breaks??? did I mention the flexible schedule???) it is also a job that never ends. There is ALWAYS work to do. You are NEVER done. If you are a person like myself that actually cares about the quality of your teaching, there is always something to improve or develop in a course. Being a young, black, female instructor certainly brings its own unique challenges as well, but that’s another post…hooray Spring Break!!!

Hot Mama. While I’d love to think that my life and myself have remained the same pre and post baby, it is not so. It takes more effort than a little bit to keep up with friends, maintain a marriage, work full-time, take care of a young child, and attempt to be “cute”. Shopping is a chore. Even if I go alone, I’m on a schedule because I know I should get back home to her or pick her up from daycare at a certain time. When I’m shopping with her, please. I would hardly call grabbing a few of the first things that look good, without even trying them on, shopping. Everything is planned–when I will wash my hair, what I will wear to work tomorrow, when I will start dinner, when I will return a phone call. I had given up on the idea that any of my belongings were sacred even before my little girl was born, but I was still almost brought to tears when she broke a handmade Nepalese (multi-layered, micro-beaded) necklace given to me by a grad school friend. I plan to make a DIY necklace out of the remaining beads that I will give to her when she gets older-since she liked it so much, lol.

Fitness was a New Year’s resolution of mine that I have semi-met. I was doing Taebo workouts at home a few days a week consistently for a couple of months and I have recently fallen off of the wagon. I do not like to work out in the house or at gyms. I prefer to be outside—running. Since the weather is becoming quite nice I will start a.m. runs tomorrow morning. I plan to run at least 3 days a week. For me, running is the ultimate workout. It tones my whole body in a matter of weeks (if I am consistent). My only concern with running is that my breast size has increased since I had my daughter. Therefore I am going to have to make sure the “girls” are nicely secured:)

This girl’s life is very complex, but it’s just the way that this girl loves it.

-Evelyn

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