As we wind our way back down from Lake Tahoe yesterday and make a wee pit stop, I post a status update on Facebook saying “Driving back to reality after a lovely weekend skiing in the mountains”. A friend adds a comment “Ah, but that was reality, too The one you create for yourself and your family!” I love that comment. It makes me stop and think about our life and how much things have changed in a relatively short period of time. It feels empowering to be able to make decisions that do indeed exert control over our ‘reality’.
This time two years ago, we did not have the freedom to make those kinds of choices. We lived by doctors orders and choice was not on the menu at all.
I also have an ‘aha’ moment today as I realize that the words that I choose for my intentions when practising yoga each week have also moved on. For the longest time, those words were ‘health’, ‘healing’, ‘strength’ (you get the gist). Now I have the freedom to choose words like ‘fun’ and ‘fulfillment’. It’s a good place to be.
At the end of my yoga class today, I stumble into a conversation with my yogi and one of the other ladies attending the class about ‘being happy’. We chat about a Harvard Professors book on happiness (I’m assuming that it’s: Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert). The take-out from the book being that you should take time at the end of each day to write down 3 things that have made you happy that day. No matter how small or seemingly insignificant. By doing that, you will – apparently – realize that no matter what happens, you’ve had some really good moments every single day.
My list of 3 things today won’t be including being stopped by a very pleasant California Highway Patrol guy. I was, apparently, guilty of a rolling STOP. It’s off to online traffic school for me. He thought it would do me good. Right!
One of the things that will go on my list will be reading the lovely intro to today’s D-tox January post from Sea at Book of Yum. I was so relieved to find myself next to Sea’s smiling face at BlogHer Food last year. I felt immediately relaxed in her company and really enjoyed chatting to her about the trials and tribulations of being a gluten-free mom. Sea’s was one of the blogs that I had already stumbled upon and had started following before the event. Her blog has a wealth of information, some great links, tons of recipes and also is the HQ of Sea’s brilliant ‘Adopt a gluten free blogger‘ concept. This is another one of those ‘go make yourselves a big cup of tea, get comfortable and start reading’ blogs.
Sea’s recipe for D-tox January is a Vegan Sugar-free Alcohol-free Detox Apple Mojito. Try resisting that one if you can. It sounds and looks positively mouthwatering and really refreshing. Definitely on my ‘to do’ list.
My lunchtime smoothie concoction today comprised of a pear, an apple, an avocado, some spinach and some water. It tasted creamy and delicious and kept me going until dinnertime. I’m so happy to have learned how great avocado’s can taste in a smoothie from Hallie at Daily Bites. This month has truly been an education so far.