Boobs…and Nesquick. The first two words that come to mind when I hear the word NOURISH. Funny, that I would regress to such infantile oral preoccupations, but not odd, given that I am a developmentalist by training, and examining my personal temprament, my approach to life always inches towards progress and cultivation of some sort. Just pucker the smoochers together and the audible coupling of the consonants feels comforting and pillowy. Womanly, curvy, waiting to welcome something.
And I think it’s an area of growth in me…how to nourish myself. Physically, emotionally, socially.
I LOVE collecting unique cutesy little bowls. My small collection offers a plethora for different nourishment muses. See this little bowl? I couldn’t buy it for myself. It cost almost 30 EUROS. Definitely “too much!” and my voice said NO! Handmade in Bologna, one of a kind, spun from hours of work. And my heart LOVED it. But my mind couldn’t “justify” the buy because I had spent $50 te day before on some new clothes. Somehow, even though I could afford it, I thought, I am only allowed “so much.” With blessings, my friend Betty napped it up for me, surprising me with it as a return thank you for a blessing I gave her.
So, in some ways, nourishment comes easily, and others…not so much.
nour·ish: (v); to sustain with food or nutriment; supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth; to cherish, foster, keep alive; to strengthen, build up, or promote.
Soul and food.
I think nourishing yourself starts with just taking time for yourself. That means taking time to work out, prepare healthy meals, read a book, take a nap, enjoy a bath, go on a walk, talk to a friend…the possibilities are endless. I consider all those little things ways we nourish ourself on a daily basis.
I like to think my blog gives examples and ideas of how to do this. Obviously, it is focused on food but I try to show people that to live a full life, you need to enjoy it. Balance. Balance between work, friends, food, working out, shopping, family…EVERYTHING!
Negativity. There is nothing worse.
I think we live in a society where often it is praised to take care of others, to do, to accomplish, to be busy. All of these things are great, but often we lose focus of doing things just because we want to do them. There doesn’t have to be a reason to nourish yourself – if you enjoy something, most likely it is going to nourish you in some way!