Finding Joy in the Journey

Healing the gut takes time.  I’m 16 months into the journey and still not symptom free.  The journey has gotten easier with a decrease in the frequency and intensity of symptoms, but there are still days when I wonder if I’ll ever be symptom free.  Most days I feel strong and encouraged, but there are still those hard and discouraging days.  The important thing for me is to find joy in the journey.

Summer has been a whirlwind of time with family, traveling, and squeezing in my work obligations.  Time with family always brings me so much joy.  An additional joy this summer has been cooking with and for my family.  It’s been fun to cook meals for them and watch them enjoy the flavors.  People often feel sorry for me because I’m missing out on so much food, but the food I can eat is delicious!  I love finding and trying new recipes and foods.  And getting to watch my family experience that has been a joy.  My one year nephew even enjoyed dinner so much he clapped when we were done 🙂

Summer has also brought the joy of more daylight, more sunshine and more outdoor activities.  Pictured below is a sunrise I was able to enjoy during some morning yoga and me using the stand up paddle board during our family’s trip to the Adirondacks.

Also pictured below is my awesome momma taking a day to cook with me in my hot kitchen and some new recipes.   The top recipe is Tarragon Meatballs with Carrot Sauce, Broccoli, and a Jicama Avocado Salad.  Jicama is new vegetable I tried this summer and it’s delicious!!  The bottom recipe is pulled chicken topped with coleslaw and a zucchini basil soup.  Here are a few links to the recipes if you want to give them a try.

This is just a nice short post.  As I continue to move forward in the journey, I’m focusing on finding the joy each and every day.  I’m continuing to keep my journal of 1,000 things to be thankful for (from the book “One Thousand Reasons”).  Enjoy the rest of your summer – it’ll be gone before we know it!

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