Friday was my last official weekday of summer before the school year began. I knew I wanted to spend it outdoors, since my day job and life as student hunched over the computer brings days of indoor lock downs.
We decided to go hiking at a nearby mountain. I fueled us up with spinach & gouda omelets and cantaloupe. Asiago cheese bagel for him, almond flour bread for me.
I tried my milk frother out for the first time. I love the foam, but am I supposed to heat the milk first? Or heat the whole drink after frothing? #QTA
After a quick crisis of *where the heck are my wedding rings* we hit the road to Crowder’s Mountain State Park in Kings Mountain, NC. The beauty of living in the Carolinas- we’ve got the beach and the mountains in our backyard.
The hike is considered “strenuous”, 2.8 miles up and then back down. It took us a little under three hours to complete.
This day out in the the wild was exactly what my soul needed. You see, lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the brevity of life. Maybe it’s watching too much House, MD on Netflix or maybe it’s hearing my dad say he is feeling “old”.
Nonetheless, my mind has been a little preoccupied thinking about life and death and how unpredictable it is. This sounds very depressing and if you’re like my husband you’ll probably say, “not going to talk about it.”
Yet I don’t mean to be a downer, because even if it is anxiety-provoking, I’ve noticed that thinking about it has affected the way I’ve been living lately.
On this particular trip I thought about how amazing our God is- to give us not only life, but to give us mountains, a beautiful sky, family, and the little things like music and juicy grapes to refresh us after a long hike.
Lately, I’ve been wanting to linger a little more over telephone conversations with my family and friends, spend a little more time chatting with my husband before falling asleep. I’ve been listening a little more intently when a stranger decides to speak to me. I’ve been smiling when I briefly make I contact with someone across the room.
I’ve been whispering prayers as I go throughout my day, sometimes asking for peace and sometimes thanking God for His provision. My perspective has shifted from “ohmygoodness I need to get a dietetic internship” to “I’ll be alive and well either way.”
Lately I’ve been waking up with gratitude in my heart that I’ve been given the opportunity to live another day. I’ve been wanting to let people know how much love I have for them and how much the Creator cares for them.
Lately, I’ve been living a little more intentionally.