Lessons Learned from Embracing the Life we were Created to Live. Pausing for moments of happiness and purpose.
I’m just going to put it out there. I am not a writer. In fact, writing makes my brain hurt. Ugh. The words. I can’t. My 11th grade English teacher would agree, writing is not my forte. Thanks for confirming that Ms Whitenight.
So let’s pretend you are at my house and we can have real talk. Mmm k? Come, sit down. Have a cup of coffee or tea with me. I’m going to tell you about life. Embracing life. This life. Like whoa.. it’s cray cray (aka crazy).
The other day, my good friend Carla asked me the tough question….. “Are you as really happy as you seem?” You mean, am I fakebooking it? Haha. Yes and no. I’m just trying to embrace this new life, job, and season we are in. I’m trying to embrace the happy and create a pause button for that. With a few feeling of overwhelm and cry spurts in between.
“Occasionally, weep deeply over the life you hoped would be. Grieve the losses. Then wash your face. Trust God. And embrace the life you have.” – John Piper
You see, we moved to Utah 5 months ago, and I haven’t even unpacked everything. That’s normal right? Sure, I’m embracing it. Instead, I’ve been working like a dog. But that’s okay, I’m embracing it. I enjoy my work. I enjoy creating new gluten free recipes, meal plans, and connecting with YOU! I enjoy photography, cooking, and I feel SUPER blessed to be able to work from home, and for myself now. I do not enjoy the busyness it brings or the extra “social schtuff.” But that’s okay, I’m embracing it… for now.
Yes I work too much. Yes I will always have certain health issues (thanks to my lovely colon). Yes I will always worry about finances and future. Yes I can be a stress ball (okay more that I AM a stress ball). Yes I sometimes feel like throwing in the “blog towel” to rest, refocus, and actually have more time to give to others (aka relationships in my present life here, now). Yes I can get caught up in where “we should be” in life, versus how far we’ve actually come.
But then I realize these things offer NOTHING to life. And the more I focus on the should woulda coulda, the less happy I become. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about feeling the feelings. Sad, happy, excited, disappointed, all of the above. Yes, feelings need to let out for mental space and healing. But this is just another season we are in. Seasons come and seasons go. If we don’t embrace the HAPPY parts (and let go of the should woulda coulda), we might stay stuck in it and continue to magnify those feelings of discontent.
Am I even making sense? Just nod and agree to make me happy. We are in charge of our own happiness (and fulfillment), and for that very reason I try to tune into MY happy and press pause. You still with me here?
Here’s how I am
learning living to pause the happy and embrace this LIFE.
1. Small breaks to breathe.
I am continually amazed at the beauty around us here in Salt Lake. Every time I step outside or I am in awe and feel refreshed. If you don’t believe me, just follow me on instagram. My stories are pretty much picture after picture of the scenery. LOL! Truth.
The past few weeks we’ve tried to get out and go somewhere. Even if it’s not far.
A few weeks ago I asked my friend if we could rent out her condo in Solitude Resort. We spent the weekend celebrating the Kiwi’s birthday in Solitude, like literally! The resort was empty and quiet. We slept. We napped. We went snow shoeing. We completely vegged. We restored a little bit of happy and health!
2. Be INSPIRED
Last month I had the privilege of traveling to NYC for a KitchenAid Retreat. It was … CRAZY BUSY and oh so INSPIRING! I was there with a small group of AMAZING bloggers. Style bloggers, travel bloggers, lifestyle bloggers, and food bloggers.
Food tours, cooking at Food 52, a cooking lesson from Chef Marcus Samuelson, dining at some of the most amazing places in NYC. You name it, we did it! All in 3 days. Tiring, yes, but also so refreshing!
This group was a JOY to be around. We learned from each other. We talked about so much more than food and blogging. We talked about… HAPPINESS and how we can enrich each other’s lives and the lives of those around us!
3. Disconnect and RECONNECT
In March we took a weekend trip to Moab, Utah. It was there we reconnected with my parents and spent the weekend exploring. Gosh I miss them so much!
The weekend was more than just a weekend trip. It was reconnecting with family that fills your happiness cup. It was disconnecting from work to get out and see God’s beauty of a creation.
It driving 5 hours with no phone service and chatting real life with my husband. It was a little bit of happiness tucked in a moment of adventure. I sure as heck wanted to press that PAUSE for more than just a weekend. Reconnecting with relationships and nature left my soul feeling well fed and nurtured. I know you get this, right?
All in all, I guess you could say that EMBRACING the life you have is all about shifting focus. We have so so much in front of us. Good stuff, great stuff! We must allow time to pause so we can STARE IT RIGHT IN THE FACE. Because if we don’t, we will miss the in between moments of happiness.
“Take the time to pause, regularly, whether feeling optimistic and “on a roll,” or feeling sad and wounded.” – Mara Karpel
Okay last food for thought for the day. And a little announcement. Well, actually, I snuck in the announced somewhere before. Anyway, I need your help!
You see, I’m KNEE DEEP in creating a “POWER BOWL” cookbook. I’m doing the photography as well. Now you see why my brain is tired and I hate writing, right? LOL! Well, here’s the thing. The manuscript is due in a month! 40 recipes down and 35 more to go! But we still need a Title for the book.
Here are a few Substitles and Book Title ideas
Title 1: Bliss Bowls
Title 2: Nourish Bowls
Title 3: –> Would love any of your ideas!
- 75 Healthy and Delicious Superfood Bowls to Power/Fuel Your Day
- 75 Healthy and Delicious Gluten-Free Bowls for a Dynamic You
- 75 Nourishing and Delicious Bowls for Your Diet and Health Needs
Do you mind chiming in? What title and subtitle catches your eye the most?
Cheers and may you have a bit of Happiness in your day!
P.S Just finished reading the book DEEP WORK. Highly recommend it for those needing SPACE to live, create, etc.