Once the three panels were sewn together [with a large break in the middle to fix the sewing machine – thank you to my husband], I trimmed out a piece of long lace I had to match the width and length of the T-shirts and sewed that onto the T-shirts.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been in a bit of a funk. Funk = feeling overwhelmed, disconnected, not overly happy and a general sense of blah. It happens to all of us, at least that’s what I was telling myself. At first it was easy to toss it up to hormones along with the a stressful day here and there, but when even being in my studio left me feeling uninspired and burned out, I started to become concerned. I like to think of myself as a person who can pick herself up, regardless of the situation, and move forward, and yet, I was struggling to do just that.
My trusty coach help me put everything back into perspective. As I detach from the old ways I used to ‘nourish’ my body, with a daily ‘spoonful’ of sugar in one form or another, it’s bound to cause some emotional pain. This separation from what I can only compare to a toxic lover, is ending. Sugar and I, well, we go way back. There were lots of good times, the memories are varied and plentiful, but truth be told, they were not all warm, jolly times. There have been countless days when I was left feeling worse for wear.
And now, here I sit recognizing the loss, learning how to be gentle with myself and how to slowly work myself through to a healthier state. As I ground myself in this goodbye, it’s like watching this toxic sugary lover slowly sail across the harbor while I firmly stand, grounded in my own strength.
Looking forward I know two things. One it will be challenging and two, it will be worth it.
Have you ever learned a new word and then proceed to hear it EVERYWHERE?! When this happens to me, it makes me wonder how often I’ve heard this new word before without even realizing it or if I was meant to learn it just in time for the influx of it’s use. Either way, this is precisely how I’m feeling about green smoothies these days.
A month ago, I could have been surrounded by them and quite possibly wouldn’t have even given it a second thought. Yet a few short weeks later and I seem to be tuned into the green smoothie craze. There are endless combinations, but leafy greens with cucumber and mango are some of my favorite ingredients to blend together.
I used to end the work day with a cookie [please don’t judge], but this is now one of my go-to treats. And wouldn’t you know it’s healthy and tasty. Not too long ago, in the midst of a stressful day, someone commented how I was glowing. I like to think it’s all these green smoothies. If leafy greens tend to get boring in your salad bowl, you must try a green smoothie.
:: Handful of spinach
:: Half dozen slices of cucumber
:: Few chunks of mango
:: Half a banana
:: Tablespoon of raw almond butter
:: 1 cup of almond milk
Blend until smooth and enjoy a refreshing, nourishing and satisfying treat.
The past couple of weeks, I’ve been in a state of eyes wide open to the wonderful world of eating raw foods and how to replace those everyday processed foods with nutritious ingredients that leave me feeling nourished, satisfied and glowing from the inside out.