January 4th: Treat Yourself to Lunch

I started this journey two years ago on January 1st of 2017. The December coming up to that new year I compiled a list of 365 things that I had either never done, goals I wanted to accomplish or resolutions I wanted to set for the year. In that first year I accomplished just over 200 of them. It was hard some days… other days it was super easy.

Coming up onto 2018 I realized I was never going to cross them all off. So I added new ones and in some cases repeated ones that I wanted to make sure to repeat. 2018 was hectic. After crossing off “Buy a House” in 2017, 2018 became a lot about renovating and costly expenses, particularly mortgage costs. Through the year I only crossed off 60 things.

Now that 2019 is here I am restarting the list and hoping to spend the year concentrating on positive reinforcement things and goals. Continuing DIY projects for my house, garden and property will be a major part but I will also concentrate improving myself through month long resolutions, like purging one item a day for a month that I started on the first. But I also want to make sure to think about things I can do for myself that positively reinforce life. I do not want everyday to be about what I can do to improve or “fix” myself. I think it is also important at to do things that make me feel good or give me a sense of positivity.

So, really, that long wonder blog for the day just boils down to my thing for today- “Treat Yourself to Lunch”. I went out this afternoon and had a nice lunch at Buchi Cuban Cafe. Nothing fancy, nothing expensive- but a nice change up from either not even eating lunch or something thrown together at home. I went and had a delicious lunch by myself. I just set out from my house with no known destination and as I drive by Buchi’s (which I had been to before) I remember how much I enjoyed the establishment. It is owned by a Floridian and kind of reminds me home.

Nice how such a simple thing for the day gave me a positive feeling and put me in a good mood about having to go to work tonight.

March 5th: Eat Lunch Outside

It is unbelievable how nice it has been outside in Colorado. After the extremely nice February I really thought we were going to have an extreme and snowy March.

So far, that has not been the case.

So yesterday after being at work for a while, I brought home lunch with me. I sat on the back patio at home and ate lunch outside. Very pleasant and something on the list I definitely felt I would not check off until later in the year. Now I will just have to do it more often!

January 7th: Try a New Place for Lunch

There didn’t seem a better time than during my week of trying out vegetarianism to try a new spot for lunch. 

So I went to trusty Google and searched for “Vegetarian Restaurants”. There are plenty of options in Denver. Although it’s a chain, albeit one I had never heard of, Native Foods Cafe, really caught my attention. They have a huge selection of items that just don’t sound vegetarian at all… something that catches my eye as a meat eater attempting to make this week happen.

So I ventured out and ordered a Soul Bowl  and some surprisingly delicious Iced Green Tea.

I truly meant to take pictures but when the food came I couldn’t contain myself. The variety of fresh veggies, rice, beans, and their “Native Chicken” pulled me in. It was a delicious lunch and a spot I would try again, even outside of this week of no meat.

As a plus, the staff was super friendly and the vibe was very relaxed. It made my little day adventure of finding a new lunch spot even more special.