healthy living - mind, body, and soul

Month: August 2018

Sunset Feels

Sunset Feels

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Taking a walk in the evenings and watching the sunset is one of my favorite things to do. I just find it incredibly peaceful. Some days I’ll listen to music, sometimes a podcast, and other days I’ll just walk in silence – depends on my mood, how I’m feeling, and what I need in that moment. I obviously also love capturing the sunset and pretty sky. Super amazing and oftentimes leaves me awe.

 

One evening while I was walking, watching the sunset, this is what came to mind…

 

Sometime our brightness fades into dark, but there is always tomorrow – to try again, to rise again, to find our brightness again. Darkness doesn’t last forever, you will see the sun again. (more…)

You Are Enough

You Are Enough

I am enough.
I am whole.
I am worthy.

These 3 statements are so important, and honestly, I never gave any of them much thought until I became self-aware and began examining my life. Like everything I’ve written about here, I didn’t start to acknowledge or recognize these things until about 2½ years ago. As I’m sure you can tell, that time was a period of transformation for me. One where I brought my head out of the sand, stopped reading book after book (my way to avoid), and started paying attention to myself and my life, instead of just going through the motions – which, I think we can all agree, is quite easy to do.

 

Prior to this time, I feel like I relied heavily on others for my sense of self-worth. Looking back, I never felt good enough, or worthy enough, and I didn’t really know what it meant to be whole at all, let alone what it meant to be whole all by myself. I thought that if I did everything within my power to live up to others’ perceived expectations of me that I’d somehow be happy with myself. But yeah, life doesn’t really work that way. My happiness is not found in making others happy, in their opinion of me, or in whether they see me as enough. We are each responsible for our own happiness and for how we view ourselves. You will never feel like enough, or whole, or worthy, if you are seeking validation from others, as validation lies within you and only you. And the moment you learn this is the moment you’ll begin to love yourself. (more…)

Ma’s Zucchini Bread

Ma’s Zucchini Bread

Ma's Zucchini Bread | CescaRose.com

 

I don’t know about you, but I’m a superfan of loaf cakes. Especially that delicious lemon loaf with the yummy icing from Starbucks. Mmm! Not only are they quick and easy to make, but most recipes make 2 loafs. #Winning – can’t beat that! Wait, bread or loaf cake? It’s called bread, sure…but it’s really cake. Right?!

 

This recipe is a super old family favorite that my mom’s been making since I was a kid. I have no idea where the recipe came from, so I’ll just credit my mom for it, since it’s the only dessert I’ve ever known her to make, haha! (more…)