I've slipped up a couple of times throughout my month but more or less I've stuck to the list: Fish, cereal, eggs, yogurt, oranges (I'm going to have to replace this one though, oranges are out of season) bread and peppers. Most of my meals involve fish and eggs with peppers; snack foods are the bread, yogurt and cereal. I may not be able to tangibly help those who have no food but I can respect their situation by eating less and not contributing to America's over-indulgence in this area. When I have a job again and can support myself, I would like to live this way permanently. I would eat only the same 7 foods each month but alternate what those 7 foods are. I wouldn't go as hardcore as Jen though: I'd still occasionally go to Starbucks (drinks do not count as food) and have condiments and spices around the house (I discovered cilantro in scrambled eggs as a result of 7 and I don't count it as one whole food). One whole food to me is a food I can eat and get full from or be satisfied. No one goes around eating cilantro for a meal. You may think that only 7 foods is crazy, but here's the thing: even with 7 foods I can still eat as much of those foods as I want. People in severely poor countries eat less than 7 foods a month and get very small portions. I've learned that even with little (or what my definition of little is), I have much.
I'm a bit more skeptical of some of the other months and most likely won't participate in the "possessions" and "clothes" months, this is because I don't have a lot of either. And trust me, buy "don't have a lot" I really don't have a lot. After moving 12 times in 5 years, there is nothing left to get rid of except family heirlooms. Plus, I think the point to some of this book is to spend less: I'm unemployed so spending money is not a problem at this point. I have put some thought into where I will spend my money in the future however. There are good individuals to support in other countries and companies in the US who don't use child labor and this book has reminded me that I do care about where my clothes are made and who's making them. It would take a lot of research and my American laziness will certainly prevail at times but wouldn't it be great to be a person who didn't contribute to child labor? Such a tangible thing we could all do!
Other than 7, I've been putting some thought into where I go from here. Now that my unemployment has run out I'm even more desperate to be working again. Problem is, finding a job has never been harder. I need God to intervene because if I look at the evidence, this could continue for awhile. I've paid my dues in retail, so going back doesn't feel like an option. Nannying is a joke (pay wise) and risky so I don't particularly want to go back to that... but it turns out a Communications degree qualifies me for absolutely nothing. A move to Santa Cruz could be in my near future, if not November then at the very least January. A friend is being a supportive sister in Christ during this time in my life, and unless it doesn't work out, that's where I'm headed. My current situation is causing me to ask myself why di I ever believe I could get the things I want in this world? You know how there's some people who work so hard they get whatever they want? I'm not one of those people. I have a creative mind not a smart mind like those who have succeeded, and mostly, I'm okay with that. Having a lot of money would be awesome, but doing something I love has always meant more to me. The problem is, I haven't found a way to support myself. As of now I'm waiting to hear from four different places in Santa Cruz, I've applied for several jobs during my time of unemployment but there hasn't been much out there; in keeping with the theme of 7... maybe 7th times the charm on the job front?
Anyway, I would really appreciate it if you'd lift me up in prayer!
That's all for now! Happy Fall, hope you've been enjoying the weather as much as I have!