After spending the past five days at home for Thanksgiving, celebrating with family and friends, my stomach is very grateful and my suitcase even more so since it’s packed to the brim with food (I kid you not, there’s more food in there than clothes), but above all, my heart is full of love- for my family, for life, and for the simple pleasures that remind me to be in the present and appreciate every thing, every moment, and every one.
In between the sheer madness of running from lectures to meetings to yoga classes, school became stressful and I got caught up in the mindset of living by deadlines.
However, this break, like most times when I go home, couldn’t have come at a better time and served as a wonderful reminder that practicing the art of slowing down to revel in life’s small details is never a bad idea (and that health should always come first!). Duly noted!
I definitely started to make a conscious effort to be more present and observant of the little things over break that really added to the pleasantness of my day, some of which included:
The stillness of our house in the morning before the day begins.
The smell of my mom’s robe as I run downstairs in the morning to greet her with a big, warm hug.
The sound of my brother’s laugh as he watches me completely embarrass myself as I attempt a front flip on our new trampoline. In my mind, I envisioned it to be such an easy flip that I could perform with the grace and aptitude of an Olympic gymnast, but I was very, very wrong…I jumped a few times to get enough height, and when I was about to flip, I decided midway through the flip that I didn’t want to do it anymore and ended up falling on my face as a result. Ahhh well, you live and you learn! At least we got a good laugh out of it- a REALLY good laugh.
The taste of my mom and dad’s cooking. Home cooked food is easily one of the top three things I miss about home- second to family, of course. There’s just nothing quite like it.
The astonishment of what REAL water pressure feels like after having to deal with a semi-broken shower head at school. Couldn’t get more simpler than water/showering!
The pure delight of sleeping in my own room, my own bed, and waking up every morning to my body’s own alarm, not that of an alarm clock.
The lazy mornings spent enjoying breakfast in my pj’s at a snail’s pace because I don’t have any obligations to be anywhere.
The comfort of the piano and playing the songs that I used to practice for hours on end. I was pleasantly surprised by how much muscle memory my fingers retained even after not having practiced since I left for school in the summer. Practicing the piano used the be last thing that I ever wanted to do because it felt like such a chore, but now, it’s usually one of the first things that I do when I visit home. Strange how things turn out sometimes!
The sheer bliss of baking in the kitchen with holiday music playing in the background. Food makes people happy, and making people happy makes me happy, so baking food for people is a win-win in my book! Saturday was my day-long baking extravaganza. From ginger spiced cacao buckwheat granola with pumpkin and hemp seeds to pumpkin spiced chickpea blondies to roasted veggies to my signature raw brownies- you name it, I probably baked it. Our kitchen was in a state of utter disarray afterwards, which made cleanup quite the task to look forward to! You know I’m home when there’s a mess in the kitchen haha!
The serenity of sitting down to journal and letting all of my thoughts flow onto the page. Taking the time to really sift through and organize my thoughts has made me so grateful for everything and everyone in my life. It’s extremely cathartic- to write without distraction and without having to edit or revise any of it, and it’s slowly becoming one of my favorite things to do- to get lost in my thoughts and daydreams. Give me a mug of hot tea, a pen, and some paper and I’m a happy girl.
Nothing like a little R&R to refresh and rejuvenate the soul as I prepare for my upcoming finals!