Hello Monday and Holiday week! Today I have a little Chicken Soup for the soul thang going on here (don’t worry, there’s actually a recipe) that has been lingering in my mind since Thursday. I’ll just jump right in.mmm, k?
Be in Your Life—> That sounds easy, right?
Well, I thought it was and I thought I was “living in my life.” That was until I was knocked on my a** for a good 36 hours due a virus/flu.
My initial thoughts? “Hold up God, I got stuff to do. Especially before the Holidays begin!” Ya, that wasn’t happening. Turns out trying go MACH SPEED ahead of life can sometimes break you. Being sick was God’s way of telling me I needed rest, and I needed it now. No if’s, and’s, or but’s about it.
So there I was sick.. laying in bed, sleeping for 18 hours, having the kiwi Cotter (and I may have called my mom) come nurse me back to health.
I was totally knee deep in MY LIFE, sick, scraggly, and shower less, watching the day went on without me. Why is it when you sick it feels like time stays still?
But that’s what I needed, stillness.
So here I am today, wrapping my brain on why I (we) always try to keep be one step (or 10) ahead of life. Heck, it’s now normal to see Christmas decorations up after Halloween these days.
You wanna know my thoughts, my reasoning’s, my.. dare I say it, opinions?
Being IN YOUR PRESENT LIFE gets tiring. It means dealing with PRESENT trials. Sometimes focusing on the future is a way to HOPE for a better outcome. But the good news is that these trials always make you stronger. Trials=Character building. We’ve got a lot of character going on here! LOL!
Being in YOUR LIFE can also be Freeing. It can mean we are free to worry about the future and FOCUS on the GOOD happening right NOW. And trust me, there is ALWAYS GOOD. –> ALWAYS ALWAYS!
5 ways to “BE IN YOUR LIFE”
Capture it. I’m that dork on instagram that like to capture the perfect moment, lighting, smile, food, etc. But it makes me realize how FULL and how AMAZING life is.. MOMENT by MOMENT.
Let things get messy. We’re human. Sometimes our lives get messy, sometimes our homes become unorganized, and sometimes that gray and uncontrolled part of life is what ultimately makes life beautiful. Imperfectly perfect. Right?
Rest and NOURISH—> the mind and the body. Take a rest day or if you might actually get sick. I learned the hard way. If you can take a Sabbath from OVERWORKING your life, you might actually get to BE IN YOUR LIFE. A little Nourishing from WITHIN.
Stop trying so hard. —> read this, it will help.
- To be liked.
- To be accepted.
- To be known
- And last but not least, SAY your blessings. No really, SAY them to yourself. They might be different each day. Make a mental note of them and revisit daily. (Corny Cotter here)
- Give thanks in all circumstances.” (1 Thess. 5:18, ESV)
You know what I did realize after being “in my life?” One thing is for sure. I have a blessed life. I have family to who is there for me a the drop of a hat. I really am thankful for a lazy day where I could snuggle (why do I hate that word?) with my husband and just embrace a sick day. Work is work, but it can’t be done whole-heartedly unless I am truly IN MY LIFE, rested and refreshed. And sometimes , yes sometimes, the nurturer needs nurturing.
Now is that some serious Chicken Soup for the Soul or what? Actually I did end up making Chicken Soup and had to share it. Soul to Soul.
- 4 -5 cups broth ( I added a little bone broth from the roasted chicken bones. Good for the immunity)
- Pulled chicken from a roasted chicken (about 2 cups depending on the size of your chicken)
- 1 1/4 cup diced butternut squash
- 1 cup jasmine rice (for grain free option use chopped cabbage)
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1-2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp spice blend ( i used a parsley, celery seed, marjoram, cayenne pepper, and basil mix)
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 cup diced green pepper
- Optional- Jalapenos to top along with 2 tbsp of jalapeno juice (for spice)
Cheers to a Marvelous Monday!
What will you do today to BE IN YOUR LIFE?
Maybe start with making a good soup.
(aka Corny Cotter)
Normal food/fitness/sherpa/holiday posts will resume later this week. But for now, enjoy the Mushy Monday.