Soul Food

I’ve been taking a bit of a social media hiatus lately. A few weeks ago, I noticed that I was feeling SO irritable and having a lot of negative thoughts. I took a serious self-inventory, looking at my daily habits, and paying attention to my mindset and emotions throughout the day. I noticed a significant amount of time and energy was being spent non-productively on social media. Now, I use social media for my businesses, as well as staying connected with friends and family, but I was doing a lot of scrolling through senseless posts, reading people’s rants, and found myself getting downright pissed at some of it. The number of people bitching and complaining on social media is astronomical and started to really wear me down. I got so sick of opening up my feed and even some messages to see yet ANOTHER “oh my life sucks so bad” or “poor me” type posts and messages. Too many people with a victim mindset, feeding their lame excuses, and lamenting about all the horrible things going on in their lives really got to me! So, I said “buh bye” to social media for a bit and logged off.

For hours and even days at a time, I have been off social media, leaving my phone on silent or off. Taking those minutes I would’ve been stuck in the “scroll hole” and doing something for myself, my family, or my home instead. Even if it’s 15 minutes while big sis watches the baby, I’ll run to the bathroom and do a face mask real quick. I’ve been decluttering, organizing, and redecorating our home. Sitting on the floor with my baby memorizing the details of his soft chubby cheeks and belly, long lashes, and sweet giggles while I read to his big sister. Listening to my favorite music and filling my home with the scents, sounds, and tastes of fall. Having heart to heart conversations with my preteen and teen about life and growing up, and reminiscing about my awkward years. Logging off was so needed for my sanity and my family! I now have a refreshed mindset and a more grateful and positive attitude simply by enforcing a boundary of what I allow into my mind and heart, and ultimately, my home.

The kitchen is the soul place in our home.. It is warm, cheerful, sunny, and very much the most utilized room. One simply cannot be grouchy in my kitchen!! 😂 Soups, breads, pies, cookies, and some of our favorite meals and memories are being created there, and sometimes I just stand there and take it all in, almost as if videotaping it with my mind to be able to remember years from now. When I’m old and all my kids are out of the house, I won’t remember the posts on social media, but we WILL all remember the times we spent laughing, dancing, and making messes in the kitchen. This is the place that feeds not only our bellies but our souls… ❤️

What soulful days are made of…. Grandma’s hand-me-down pie dish, cinnamon, clove, ginger essential oil diffuser blend, soup simmering on the oven from a roasted chicken the previous night, classic rock playing in the background, a baby cooing at my feet, and baking therapy….

A simple sugar-free apple crisp using monkfruit as sweetener, the topping made with organic palm shortening, monkfruit, and almond flour. I added some Young Living Vitality Essential Oils for flavor – Cinnamon Bark, Clove, and Nutmeg 🙂

Do you find yourself grumbling about your circumstances? Take a step back and evaluate. Maybe, like me, you are spending too much time looking at other’s lives, comparing yours, or being dragged down by the negative Nellys? Don’t get on social media and snivel. Instead, find what feeds your SOUL, what makes you feel happy and content and stay in that place. Journal, meditate, get outside, surround yourself with friends and family who share a high vibe positive energy, laugh, dance, be silly, listen to good music, eat good food, and block out the rest. Because, as my cousin said,

“Life’s to short to sit and watch everyone else’s!”