I really haven’t been in the mood to write a journal for along time ! Now I am.
Lately, I’ve really been enjoying living my life. I’ve been looking around me – my loving man, friends, teammates, coaches, and appreciating what I have.
I live in a really nice house in a nice neighborhood. Oh, but I don’t own it, we only rent. Does that matter? I’m going to look back and remember the rooms, the gas fireplace that warmed the room but cost a lot of money lol, the nice patio where we used to let the dog out onto, and the grape vines. I’ll relish those memories. I won’t think, “I was spending money on rent.”
This year, 2002, has brought a lot of changes. I retired from MMA fighting and am struggling to find another job…. but am I really struggling? I have money now. I should enjoy being able to pay my bills. I wanted to work at the UFC but I think they don’t really need me. Casey offered me a job teaching jiujitsu at Tribe. It’s so fun and fulfilling. I’m able to write articles for MMA websites, and my books.
I came across a little notebook I wrote in when I was a little kid, and one of my life goals by 30 was to publish a “story, poem, or article.” I fulfilled all of that. I’m not making a six figure income, but somehow I knew I would never make six figures because I don’t want to do any of the things that would lead up to that. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher and writer, and that’s what I’m doing. Somehow I knew I would come back to teaching because I love to do it. I also love learning.
My recent goals have been to break even with my earnings and expenses. I want to take in as much money as I spend. Teaching at jiujitsu Tribe, writing, book and T-shirt sales, dog-sitting and dog walking (who would have thought?), and private lessons. Last month I broke even, without really dipping into my fight-money savings. Yay! And I’m doing things I want to do. So many people don’t like what they do, or are forced to do to survive. How fortunate am I!
Actually, I had a whole page full of life-goals. Two goals I will never fulfill – become the best MMA fighter in the world, get a high-paying translation job. But I did many low-paying translation jobs, which were AWESOME, and I got into the top 4 in the world, so not bad.
I even got a boyfriend! Marrying wasn’t even on the list. lol Just finding a good boyfriend was. I wanted to start with low expectations, I guess. lol Go teenage Roxy.
My mom always used to say that you don’t need money to make you happy. My dad says that money gives you freedom. Very interesting, almost opposing views.
I’ve just been thinking a lot.
I’ve been watching the new Sandman on Netflix. I really love it. It’s so well done. Episode five was riveting. They had me on the edge of my seat regarding the lives of strangers who I only just met for five to ten minutes in that episode. If the plot is true to Neil Gaiman, he truly is a master author. In episode six, Death says, “Our purpose is our function.”
I have so much love in my heart, and I want to share it with other people. I want to help support my fellow adults. I want to teach kids good life lessons so they can grow up to be healthy, good human beings. I want that to be my purpose. Am I in that position? I think I am a little bit.
I’m getting married October 16th! Love is everything I hoped it would be! 🙂 Chris treats me so well. I love how he strokes my hair, pats my butt, and tells me he loves me. He doesn’t even have to tell me…I can see it in his eyes, the way he smiles at me, how he holds the door for me, or points at his lips demanding a kiss. When I thank him for doing something, he laughs and says, “Silly, that’s my job as your man!” ^_^
I published my third book called “Memoirs of a Happy Warrior II!”
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Last month, I help a hair-braiding party for the girls at Tribe! It was fun!
Last weekend, Carlos, Leanne, and I coached kids at the NAGA tournament! The kids did great and lots of life lessons were learned.
My future mother-in-law visited and she helped me prepare for the wedding. We got realistic fake flowers to make the bridesmaid’s boquets, boutonnieres, and favors. Thanks, Carol! She taught me how to do certain arts and crafts.
Carol: We need a glue gun.
Roxy: Oh, I don’t want to make you buy a whole device for me!
Carol: It’s okay, it’s cheap.
Roxy: No, really, it’s okay, it’s too much trouble…
Roxy: Oh… lol
I taught some good lessons at my English Academy that I do substitute teaching at.
I practiced shooting. I don’t enjoy it. I actually hate guns, but I’m determined to learn how to use them in case of emergency. I’ve done a lot of training that I haven’t talked about because guns are such a hot topic and I don’t want to get flamed. *facepalm* If I’m being attacked by a group of large men, I know I’m not going to be able to jiujitsu my way out of it. I want to be able to pick up a weapon to save my life. Also, I believe that those who don’t really want power are the most trustworthy to wield it.
I taught at a girls’ event called “Girls In Gis” last Sunday. So many women showed up, and I’ve never been around so many female black belts before (except at Master Worlds Tournament). What an honor it is to be included!
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