February 10, 2018 – New York, NY
The first thing I do every day when I wake up is try to figure out what day it is. Sunday through Thursday pretty much all feel the same, with a hint less dread on Sunday. Friday is a mix of dread, expectation, and excitement that isn’t half bad.
Saturday, though – Saturday is like winning a mini lottery. I’m not late for anything. I don’t have to rush. I can do exactly what I planned the night before. I can do something completely different from what I planned the night before. I usually lay in bed for somewhere between 20 minutes and 2 hours.* Sometimes I listen to Beyonce. Sometimes I read. Sometimes I spend an inordinate amount of time on social media (but with no guilt that I “should” be doing something else). Sometimes I write in my journal. Sometimes I do other things that I’m sure you can imagine without me spelling them out. You get the point. I do whatever I want. Whatever calls to me.
I realized today (Saturday) when I woke up that I’m about to embark on three months of Saturdays. Three months with no real agenda, no time table. No reason for my typical anxiety. Where I can take my time, and do what feels right for me. Every day.
I think I will learn a lot from looking at the choices I make when it’s just me and an undiscovered world. I hope I remember when I get back that it will still be me and my undiscovered world, even if the world around me is a little more familiar. But that is what I’ll be writing here. What I learn. So that, hopefully, I can remember. And maybe I can teach (or at least inspire) someone else. I’m happy to have you all along for the ride!
* To anyone with children or other dependents, I want to let you know that I do know what a luxury this is. I relish every moment.
Three months, four countries and one life-changing adventure. Three Months of Saturdays follows my cousin Joy as she explores the world – and finds herself in the process. It’s insightful, inspirational, and relatable. I can’t wait for you to read it!
As a side note, the caption she posted with the photo for this post on Instagram was “Next stop: whatever. the. f*ck. I. want.” – I LOVE her!
If you want more background on Joy, check out her Know Your Worth interview.
~ A new chapter will be published every Friday ~