I just noticed I haven’t written here in nearly a month! My life has been chaotic but in a good way.
Last time I wrote, I had been in Colorado for about a month, had been at my new job for a couple weeks and was waiting to close on our house so I could stop eating at restaurants and feeling sick.
Since then, a lot has happened!
- We finally closed on our house! We have also moved in!
- I had to travel to Salt Lake City for 5 days for a work trip. I really had no time to plan or think about eating at all but I was able to go to a grocery store right when we got there and buy some yogurt, rice chex, bananas, etc. I did have a gluten-free pizza delivered to my hotel room one night, but other than that, I ate the groceries. I was definitely NOT wanting to be adventurous with food, since my hotel room’s toilet did not really work! I heard pollution was really bad in SLC because it is surrounded by mountains so I was worried my asthma would bother me but it didn’t.
- While I was in SLC, we had the carpets ripped out of the house and floors put in. I like the look better, and it’s better for my asthma and allergies.
- We have been so busy for the past 6+ months – with planning our move out here, selling the house, packing etc …. and now learning a new state, new roads, new grocery stores, new jobs, new people – that we’ve both been EXHAUSTED. So we booked a weekend a way in Colorado Springs. It’s really only an hour and a half drive, but Eric wanted to stay out there so we could go to Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak and other random places….
This is why I’m excited though ….. Colorado Springs has so many highly rated gluten-free restaurants!
Other than that, things have been good! My stomach is feeling MUCH better now that I’m back to eating my regular foods and cooking at home. It does take a while to feel settled after moving and that time is even LONGER when it’s across the country. My brain just feels full all the time with new information at work, learning new roads and how they all connect to one another, learning the best grocery stores to shop at, figuring out how to get a license and registration (which I still haven’t done but I did manage to get a speeding ticket!). My brain is so full at the end of the day, that I don’t really have the energy or time to talk to people back home, I don’t have the energy to read – I just end up zoning out and watching TV which is very unlike me. (So far I’ve finished Season 1 of Orange is the New Black, Season 1 of Breaking Bad, and have re-watched Season 1 of 24!).
I HAVE managed to read one book,and start another – both by the same author: Brene Brown. In this post I wrote about one of her books, which changed my life. I now just finished reading The Gifts of Imperfection and started Daring Greatly.
If you struggle with self-judgement (or being judgmental of others), perfectionism, anxiety, vulnerability, shame — or really, any emotion that’s holding you back in life — I highly recommend her books. I’ll leave you with this quote from Harry Potter which actually appears in Daring Greatly:
“You’re not a bad person. You’re a very good person who bad things have happened to. Besides, the world isn’t split into good people and death eaters. We’ve all got both light and darkness inside us. What matters it the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”-Sirius Black