Well, we’re on the road (yes — again) today. One of the many nice things about being home is that my parents have a kitchen that is larger than a king size bed. Unlike mine. Don’t get me wrong, I love our cozy little kitch, but I also love having room to work, and abundant sources of natural light for picture taking. So. Yeah.
In between recipes (and locations), I wanted to share a few random things with you — the things that are nourishing flourishing in my life right now. As I discuss on here
ad nauseam frequently, health is something that happens from the inside out; the more we discover and/or adapt to what best nurtures our overall well-being (physical, mental, spiritual, relational), the more we are able to cultivate growth of all kinds in ourselves.
Here’s what’s giving me life at the moment, in big ways, and small ways…
Drinking this tea like it’s my job. Holy cow — where has this been all my life?! With a few drops of stevia, it’s like healthy Kool-Aid. Like drinking happiness. Like memories of summer days gone by — MC Hammer tapes, scrunchies, and all. Ah. Perfect summertime comfort! (It’s also kept me from eating when I was just anxious, not hungry. #Win)
Reading Plato’s Apology in the original Greek. I know this sounds utterly bananas (b-a-n-a-n-a-s!), but learning an ancient language at hyper-speed was a huge turning-point for me and my (internal) Crazies. I totally demolished all the negative voices in my noggin that told me I was too stupid, not disciplined enough, blah blah blah. When I keep persevering in studying the subjects I find important, I’m not just feeding my brain and academic knowledge; I’m also affirming and nurturing my abilities as the unique person I am, with specific interests and goals. Does anything feel better than meeting a goal?
Yoga. It’s making a comeback in my schedule…and I could NOT be more excited. I feel like yoga is almost a panacea for me. Almost… Anyone else?
Going to bed at a reasonable hour. I haven’t mastered this yet, but I’m getting closer! I am really, really looking forward to being an old lady this summer. Really.
Reading for pure fun again. Yes. Fun. Towards the end of my college career, I hated being an English major. I felt overwhelmed and disillusioned with novels — we were constantly dissecting them with one outlandish literary theory or another. The magic was lost in the agenda-guided analysis. Then, I had my last English course. We read authors I hadn’t really encountered much before. And my heart started beating again. Since then, I’ve been so busy — whether it was with working full-time, or studying full-time — I just kind of let things slide for a while. No more! I’m choosing three good books to chew on. Feel free to leave a suggestion in the comments if you have a life-changer.
Rich, long, and lively talks with people I love.
Accepting myself where I am, celebrating my victories, and continuing to press on with challenges.
Going on walks regularly with my BFF Manfriend.
Thesis done? Check. Flexible schedule? Check. There is nothing holding us back (soon) from enjoying long “pleasure strolls” on an everyday basis again! Woo! (Ok, so does no else say, “pleasure stroll”? I was informed that this might be an awkward thing I say that isn’t a real phrase, but just a me-ism…
Please prove me wrong.
Getting my creativity on again. Excited to post about these developments… Oh. Oh yes.
Praying, meditating, and letting myself be quiet, thankful, and receptive.
Sharing recipes, thoughts, and my life on the blog, and connecting with you.
Laughing. A LOT.
Being very transparent about my needs. And right now, I’ll be honest and say I really need some rest. We’re leaving at dawn for another trip. Can you believe it? I don’t think we’ve ever traveled this much in a consecutive streak before. Whew…
What’s nourishing flourishing in your life right now?
(Featured image of sprout courtesy of D Sharon Pruitt)