Last week, I was feeling a little sad. A little nostalgic. I miss going out to eat occasionally. I miss the freedom to travel and to visit with friends and family. I miss the random date nights outside of the house.
One of my favorite things to eat is hotpot cooking. The place we loved to go to was truly a gathering place for the community. There were neighbors we knew and neighbors we didn’t. But we all sat around the big table and ate and drank and laughed.
The last time we were there we met a younger couple who was newly dating. The guy started talking with us and sharing his trials. His challenges. His hopes and dreams. After all was said and done, we hugged and wished each other well.
I’ve always known that food had the power to bring people together—and as my husband would say “So does a good beer!” But that night in particular I truly saw the power of food. That night seemed a little more picturesque.
We had no idea it would be the last night we would eat out before the pandemic took over.
Until we can safely step out an gather, again, I hold onto the memories we made, and work towards making new ones…at home.
And, of course, when I think of that night, I think of the wonderful people who cooked for us and served us.
Happy Monday to you. I hope this finds you staying healthy and happy no matter where you are. Today’s mood board is a reminder that even though many of you are busier than ever, you have to put you and your health at the top of the list. Especially, if you’re coping with health issues including mental health.
I know! I get it. You may be rolling your eyes at me right now. I’m busy, too. I feel like I’m doing more since the pandemic then I did pre-pandemic. But I’m not complaining about it.
I love that we are doing everything virtually. I think it’s great that this unforeseen occurrence is forcing us to think outside the box. With that said, I can’t wait for this pandemic to be behind us and my heart aches for those who have lost loved ones. I pray everyday that me and my own family stay healthy as well as those around us.
Until then, we have to take extra care of ourselves. Our families need us. You need to be here to see the rewards of your hard work and contributions, after the pandemic.
As a menopause and breast cancer survivor I know for sure you have to take a timeout for you and your health. There’s more to healthy living than what you eat and how you exercise (although both are important factors) to emotional and physical well-being.
Today, my mood board is my chalkboard. I’m sharing my list of notes to myself with you.
What are some things you are doing to stay healthy during these difficult times?