Ahhhh, Eric and I are back at home. Well actually I’m writing this a day in advance but by the time it posts we’ll be at home. It’s been fun staying at my parents for the most part. Some favorite moments were the fun things we did like geocaching and going for walks. Also, we’re trying to teach Jason to pray more than just reciting the same words and so told him to tell God what he’s feeling and why. The best was when he said “God, I feel a little bit happy because I have a really great family because they love me so much!” How true.
Today is a “mental health” day. Eric’s been concerned that I haven’t really been myself, which once he pointed it out, and I spent a good amount of time in denial, I realized is very true. I’ve been so focused on my family and my physical health, that I haven’t really worked through the grieving and processing everything that has happened. Writing bits of it here has helped some, but I really just need a day with absolutely no responsibility for anyone, to focus on me. It’s funny how that somehow feels selfish, but really it’ll make me a better wife, employee, and leader. So I’m taking the day off from work and leading Bible Study to work through my feelings.
I’m excited and nervous, excited because I know this will be good for me, nervous because it’s hard to deal with your feelings sometimes. It often seems easier to just stay busy and focus on getting things done, but being leaders in a recovery program, Eric and I understand how important it is to do emotional health checks. Did you know even being busy can be a form of addiction? I know, it’s crazy! Anyway, if you ever decide to take a mental health day, it’s good to make some healthy comfort foods the day before. That way you don’t have to cook or make yourself something if you don’t feel like it, but you also don’t end up snacking on junk. Guacamole is a great comfort food that is really good for you. I often make it different ways but here’s my current recipe. I like mine nice and chunky, if you want it smooth you can put it in a food processor or cut the tomato smaller and mash the avocado.
1 avocado chopped
1 roma tomato chopped
1 clove fresh garlic minced
1 TBS freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
dash of red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate 1-24 hours to let the flavors meld. Yeah, it’s that simple.