The day after Thanksgiving

I can’t remember the last time I felt this good and I cannot not contain myself, I need to share this with someone, everyone!  Honestly, I really can’t remember how long it’s been since I had this feeling which is more like an abundance of feelings- they are bursting out of me!  Is this a natural high?!  I am going to take a guess at how long it’s been since I have felt this…maybe since before I had kids?  That was 14 years ago.  This even feels older than that…maybe since I was a kid and it was the night before Christmas?  Honestly, I feel THAT good and excited, it’s almost weird!

Today I woke up feeling incredibly well rested, HAPPY and inspired.  All of this on a day that in the past I may have felt at my worst!  Today is the day after Thanksgiving, a day that in the past I have woken up hungover from an excess of food, stress and alcohol.  Excess of stress because I used to do most of the cleaning and cooking.  This year I was most thankful for my lessening need to be in control so I suggested a pot luck.  Also, the culture in my home has changed. 

It used to be: “This is what’s cool around here- exorbitant amounts of food are purchased and cooked then extreme eating, drinking and debauchery is expected, encouraged and celebrated.  ‘Cuz, it’s Thanksgiving!  Oh and I have to cook it all because I don’t trust anyone else to do it right and I want to have an indulgent amount of leftovers to keep the extreme eating going for a least a week.  I’ll probably be too stressed cooking and cleaning to really spend time with anyone but that’s to be expected ‘cuz it’s Thanksgiving!” 

The new culture is:  “Connecting with the people at the party is really important, so is the shared experience of all being together watching the kids put on a performance and eating nourishing foods.  There are lots of amazing options for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including hot golden milk, mint tea and spritzers.  Giving my body what it needs (and a little of what it wants) feels amazing. If I feel like having pie, I am going to really enjoy it and be mindful while I eat it.  I’m so thankful for everyone here and the abundance of food and good energy in this house.”

My life has changed soooo much over the last year.  I have had so many small little wins along the way but today is the first day that I am deeply feeling just how far I have come.  

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