I'd meant to have quarterly "resolution reflections" this year, but it wasn't until last week that I sat down and took a closer look at my three 2016 resolutions, to make sure they were all still where I wanted to be heading—where I wanted my focus to be. (Here had been my latest checkpoint, by the way, at the end of April.)
Here's what I found out:
Regular volunteering: Not a priority
After having been in Montpellier for just over a month, and in my new home for over two weeks, I've quickly become involved in a variety of Meetup/Couchsurfing weekly events. I think one result of this new social life is that I don't have as strong a desire to find a regular local volunteer opportunity as I did when I was living in Rodez. In Rodez I felt like an outsider, and also had free time on my hands—so volunteering seemed like the perfect way to give back while getting to know Rodez and its citizens.
So much to be thankful for today. First things first: I found a place to live, and I moved in today! (Details and house tour to come.) Damien helped me make the move quick and painless with the use of his car.
Before that though, in the morning I got myself involved in a services exchange: This weekend I'm going to help an AirBnb host who I met via a Couchsurfing conversation event (and who is also a French teacher!). He's out of town for the weekend but has two AirBnb guests coming on different days, so I'll go there to change sheets, let the guests in, hand over the keys, etc. In exchange I get an hour-long French class next week!
It was a gorgeous day, and I got to play ultimate on the beach with friendly Couchsurfing members, plus a quick dip the sea (because hello, I cannot take the Mediterranean for granted! Only one other was brave enough to go in but it really wasn't too cold—especially after having been running).
My new roommate/landlord invited Damien and I to a barbecue in the backyard when we got back from frisbee. I think this will be a really good place to live, and am thankful I got to live three weeks at Elodie's house (AirBnb—excellent) before I found this one.
And another news item, because why not share now: My sister just bought a plane ticket to come visit during the second half of June!
After getting "settled" in Montpellier the third week of April, apartment hunting has quickly consumed most of my time this past week. Since arriving I've either been (a) working, (b) at some sort of language exchange/internationals event in the evening, (c) doing something athletic (run/frisbee/swim), or (d) checking apartments online.
So aside from snail mailing, my solo hobbies took a rest these past two weeks (calligraphy, reading, writing, other "side business" projects). (However, the tradeoff was very worth it. I'd forgotten how good it feels to quickly fall asleep at night because you tired yourself out with exercise during the day, and to wake up sore all over.)
That said, here's what's happened in April on the resolutions front:
So much to be thankful for: being in Montpellier, the lovely house in which I've been staying, all of the friendly people I've met so far, still having Damien as a close friend, the weather, my job, and so on and so on.
Tonight I played ultimate on the beach with a cool group of people from Couchsurfing—one who is the same event organizer as last spring/summer. I was invited to carpool there and back, which was awesome! (Otherwise it's a tram ride all the way to the end of a line, and then a 30-min walk.)