6 months ago Greg & I were living and working in Dallas, Texas. Here’s a handful of ways our lives have changed since then.
1. Same sound, different Pavlovian response…
6 months ago when Greg’s phone would go off with his “ting, ting” sound, it would almost ALWAYS mean bad news, stress, long dicussions, and a lot of times end with him going into work (inevitably on a Friday or Saturday night)… And trust me that “ting, ting” went off ALL the time. Greg & I BOTH got to the point were we truly dreaded it. All we had to hear was that first “ting” and we both stiffened and braced ourselves for the worst.
Now, when Greg’s “ting, ting” goes off, it does not mean work or a text or anything bad, in fact it is pretty much ignored. His phone “ting, ting’s” maybe once a day now, and when I finally asked Greg “what IS that”? He burst out with a joyful smile and proclaimed “it means my TROUPS ARE READY FOR BATTLE!”. See folks, now, he has time to play a silly game called Clash of the Titans (although if you asked Greg, it is not silly, but a game of provoking thought and planning and patience and strategy). In the span of less than 6 months, Greg has transformed his mind’s response to the “ting, ting” from an awful thing that he had to immediately respond to, into an “eh, ok… my troups are ready, and I’ll get to my game when I can”…
2. Screaming alarm clock to soothing sunlight.
6 months ago my alarm clock in Dallas would scream at me and wake me up in complete darkness. Even though I’m a “morning person”, I cannot say I’d wake up happy. Then I’d yell at Greg to get up (and usually be greeted by a “hmmmph”) and I’d stomp off to the shower and get ready for work.
Now I awaken peacefully and silently to a warm bright glow coming through my drapes. I turn in bed, and Greg wakes up and spoons me. And this is how we wake up every morning… slowly, silently, peacefully – while snuggling in bed, in-love and happy.
3. AC/Heater to Window
6 months ago, we were always using the HEAT or AC. One of those two was always on (usually the AC) and running our utility bill up, up, up…
Now – we just open or shut a window or a door. Yep – that’s it! The temperatures here are perfect. Our house doesn’t even HAVE a heater OR an AC unit! Costa Ricans leave their front doors wide open during the day when home, which helps with the breeze – and really gives new meaning to the phrase “open door policy” (i.e. – I’m home, welcome… please come in and say ‘hola’).
4. Loud snoring to peaceful breathing
6 months ago Greg would fall asleep the minute his head hit the pillow, and instantly the bedroom would fill with loud snoring sounds. It was awful. Many times he’d have to leave and sleep on the couch, it was just too loud for me to get any sleep.
Now Greg still falls asleep the minute his head hits the pillow, but there is NO MORE snoring! It is just a soothing, peaceful breathing… which is a lullaby to my ears. I’m sure the reasoning is a combo of no more stress, a better diet and daily hikes. Needless to say, this of course also benefits ME – I’m now getting the best sleep of my life… better than I’ve had for years. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
That’s all for now folks – sweet dreams! — Jen