Food and Life Lately

Hello friends. It’s been a while. I’ve been in Pensacola for over a month now and, man, life just hasn’t slowed down. I’m making extra efforts towards self-care and have been doing a MOSTLY good job at it. I have a tendency to feel like I always need to be go, go, go and constantly seeing people and doing productive things…. But that wears me down after a while. Naturally. The root cause of my health issues are still being explored and I’m waiting for tests to come back, but the doctors are almost positive that it’s originating from the gut. Digestive health is so important as we’ve discovered its vital role in all other systems of the body–especially the immune system and brain. My body is imbalanced and I’m taking the steps to heal it. I’m seeing an acupuncturist, general practitioner, and holistic doctor. I’m also seeing an absolutely wonderful therapist who is there for my mental health along the way :) I love therapy so much and recommend it to anyone, no matter how much you may think you don’t “need” it. It’s just so cathartic to have someone to talk it out with who is TRAINED to give good advice, ha. I definitely need some guidance along the way as I heal my body and assimilate into this new season of life.

All in all, I’m just really happy with how things are going–with both relationships and work. I’m trying my best to balance doctor’s appointments and my new job (8th grade English teacher! I’ve been going to the school a lot for pre-planning and I’ve got a mile-long to-do list of classroom supply and lesson related plans) with nurturing relationships and taking care of myself. I notice that when I neglect journaling, time alone, and relaxation, I get overwhelmed and shut down. I’m making a conscious effort to be self-aware and feel my feelings without over-identifying with them. Feel, let go, and move on. That’s my current motto.

So, life lately? It’s looking pretty good. I was at the school from 8 to 4 yesterday for planning and I’m there for the same time today. I’ve been going about twice a week (some days are paid and others are for my benefit alone) and I’m really starting to feel like I belong at this school. The other teachers have welcomed me with open arms and we are doing some awesome collaborative work. I know I’m in the right place and career. Vibin’ with my tribe over here. School starts August 17th and I’m a big mix of anxious/excited/inspired/terrified/impassioned. I think that means I’m where I’m supposed to be.

Besides school, I’ve mostly been spending time with friends and going to doctor’s appointments. I’ve been seeing movies (Jurassic World wasn’t half bad), going to the beach, kayaking (interesting story for this one), enjoying the city (Pensacola has got it going ooooon now), going on long walks, and other random things. This weekend I’m going paddle-boarding at the beach, maybe doing some hiking, eating good food, and seeing what other adventures pop up. I’ve been living in the present, checking social media much less often, and just really letting life take me with it. It’s a new and freeing way for me to exist in the world and I all around feel better–mentally, at least.

I’m going to be a small group leader for a youth conference in North Carolina week after next and then I may be going to New Orleans for my birthday. Besides that, I’ll be around Pensacola and gearing up for school next month! I’m going to do a “Currently” post because I’m reading/listening/doing a lot of exciting things and I want to share that without writing a total novel of a post for you today. TODAY is What I Ate Wednesday and today is about food! Since I haven’t been around much, I want to share some of the meals I’ve enjoyed recently. I’m going to divide it up into two categories: in and out. I’ve been eating out more since I’ve moved here while also cooking meals at home, so that seemed like a good way to lay it out. Enjoy…and happy eats day!

 

IN:

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two slices of sourdough Einkorn bread from the farmer’s market // topped with avocado and butter // california blend veggies on the side

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salad with purple potatoes, chopped turkey, avocado, salsa, and greek yogurt

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brown rice, turkey, tri-blend beans, and nutritional yeast

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overnight oats (raw oats, cashew milk, banana) in an almost empty coconut peanut butter jar

 

OUT:

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vegan Sunday brunch at End of the Line cafe // butter grits, spring salad, tufu spin on benedict, rosemary home fries

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tacos (one mahi mahi, one shrimp) + beer from a food truck downtown on Fourth of July

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meal cooked by my godmother Bibi // baked chicken, AMAZING greek salad, brown rice, and unpictured green beans and onions 

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homemade PF Chang style chicken lettuce wraps and rice at a friend’s house

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lunch from the hot bar at my local co-op // lettuce, roasted chicken, rice, veggies, mock chicken tofu salad, and some other random things I forget // kombucha and mint dark chocolate on the side

That’s a wrap! I’ll talk to y’all soon and happy hump day!