Hello again and Happy New Year! This year seemed to fly by and I can’t believe we’re already in 2018. Cody and I had our second Christmas together and enjoyed our favorite holiday traditions of watching A Charlie Brown Christmas and driving around to see all the lights. We had Christmas dinner with some friends from church who were so sweet to invite us over. It was my first Christmas eating a whole foods plant-based diet so I was nervous about my holiday feasting options, but it was by far one of the best I’ve ever had with a variety of delicious plant-based dishes. Some other holiday highlights include checking out the live nativity scene that a local church put on, an ice skating date night, and having Christmas cards from loved ones fill our fridge. We were being super frugal and decided not to send out our own this year, a decision we definitely regret (sorry guys, we still love ya)! I’m thankful for this winter break to pick up more hours at work and have some extra time for reading.
We started off the New Year right by going out for a new hike after church! Hikes are our favorite way to connect when I’m feeling up for it, but sometimes real life with chronic migraine means that doesn’t always happen. I don’t talk about it much because quite frankly it’s really awkward, but it’s a part of my life that I’m still learning how to communicate with others about (hardcore hermit life since ’09 thanks to migraine). Church is triggering for me with the noise and lights, and there have been a couple times we’ve tried to go on a hike after church and I had to admit defeat because my migraine was so bad that we go home instead. There’s a huge stigma with migraine so I try really hard not to use it as an excuse, but I have to listen to my body and find a balance between pushing myself because I have a life to live and being careful to not cause myself even more pain. We spent New Year’s Eve with a picnic out with some visiting friends and we went to a bbq with some other friends New Years Day. I’m embarrassed to admit I didn’t bring anything because I worked and didn’t plan ahead enough, but sometimes such is life and it still turned out to be a good time.
Food is still a huge struggle for me to figure out. I’m a plant eater who could eat simple fruits and vegetables all day and my husband eats all things animal-based, so we’re still finding what works and what doesn’t. Usually we do a few meals a week together and do our own things the other nights, but it really just depends. This year I really want to explore more plant-based meals that satisfy both me and my man.
New Years resolutions usually aren’t successful for me because I lose heart when I mess up, and it’s hard to resolve to do things without making a practical plan to achieve them. We all have a natural disparity between where we are and where we want to be, but I think we should embrace the little steps we can do to make some change instead of going all or nothing or not even trying at all. This year I am resolving to stop my almost lifelong unhealthy anxiety-coping habit of biting my nails along with intentionally being in the word and exercising everyday, even if it’s just a little bit on hard days. Habits are hard to break and create because we’re all humans with engrained ways of doing things, making change so darn difficult but 100% possible! I’m finding that the key for me is to keep trying because every day is full of new opportunities and grace for imperfection. I’m excited to put my energy this year towards watering my garden so it’s greener, weeding out the negative and cultivating the positive.
If you have any New Years resolutions or intentions, I wish you the best in your endeavors and would love to hear them!