Idk what’s in the air ya’ll but lately, I have been in my feelings more than usual. I consider myself a tough nut but lately, this nut has been cracking. I tell ya, ever since I transitioned to a plant-based diet, I have become more sensitive than ever. My skin is sensitive & my emotions are easily triggered. On the one hand, this is good. I have more clarity and can figure out what I’m feeling. I’ve decluttered so much stuff that my feelings are no longer insulated in my possessions. My body is more responsive since I’ve rid it of junk foods and all the meat and dairy that takes forever to leave the system. That’s not even what this post is about. My goal for this post is to highlight some of the things that have brought me joy lately. To practice gratitude in moments like these where I don’t quite feel like there’s much to be thankful for.
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Disclaimer: I am not depressed. LOL Don’t worry about that. I am careful not to mistake sadness for depression. I am an INFP and also a hybrid of phlegmatic and melancholic if you’re into temperaments and all that. So yeah, you know my combo isn’t the most excitable. haha.
So Here are some things I’m grateful for and some things that have brought me joy recently.
Honestly, Idk where I would be or how I would cope without my faith. I tweeted yesterday that I’d probably be in some dark hole without my faith. It’s true. My belief in God is the foundation on which I stand. When I am sad and down, I pick up my bible, read it, pray and trust in God for comfort. It works like a charm every time. There’s literally a bible verse for every situation that I face. One of my favorite verses is Hosea 2:14-15:
“Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. “
This verse has held me still for the last 4 years; reminding me that even in my moment of doubt and sadness, The hands that hold the universe holds my heart. So yeah, I am thankful for my faith
One of my greatest joys in life is realizing that I didn’t need to have so many possessions to have joy. Minimalism has given me so much clarity. When you don’t have your possessions to insulate your feelings when you can’t just go shopping for “retail therapy” you’re forced to deal with them raw. I have almost reached my minimalism goal and let me tell you, I am truly living my best life even though it comes with all these raw emotions that I need to learn to tackle.
My sister is my best friend. We talk every single day- multiple times a day. She is God’s gift to me and I am so so thankful for her. I am learning to love her, to be kind to her (always), to be gentle with her and to just be patient. I realized how short-tempered we often are with our family yet pacify outsiders. My siblings and close relatives shouldn’t have to get the mean raw ugly side of me. They are worthy of the good things. If I can be truly loving and patient with my sister who knows just how to push my buttons, I can be that with anyone else.
I am also thankful for my friends. For Chidimma & Oge. Two girls who walked into my life (interestingly) almost five years ago and have stuck with me since. We’ve been through the ups and downs together and just to see that friendship bloom into sisterhood is truly a gift I will always be grateful for. I am thankful for Cassie Daves– my blogger friend. I never thought I could truly connect with another blogger who GET’S ME like I have with Cassie. Cassie is literally more than just a blogger friend. We truly connect on a personal level and I am blessed to have met her.
I also feel like I am developing some new friendships; friendships not forced and growing at their own pace. For that, I am thankful.
I recently started attending a new church after feeling slightly disconnected from the church I attended previously. I don’t know that I have felt so plugged in and connected in a church in a while. So I am thankful for this church. From my first time there, everyone has been so kind and welcoming. They’re also a missions based church which is so dear to my heart. I am still praying and waiting on God for what His will is for me here, but for now, I am thankful and loving this opportunity to fellowship and commune with such awesome family.
This blog has allowed my voice to be heard by people I will probably never meet. It has given me opportunities to share my story with people here or in interviews (like this recent one with The Violet Fog which truly captures what this blog is about). Some other interviews I had recently include This one with Vincent Desmond and this Fun fact with Ore. People have called me their “favorite minimalist” and boy does that bring me so much joy knowing that my message resonates with people.
I started my food account on Instagram almost 5 months ago. For me, it was just to post and share my love for oatmeal. It has since grown to over 1200 followers and recently just got a small (but significant) brand collab. I love being able to share my meals and inspiring others to eat healthier and eat more plants!
So yeah, that’s about. Writing this post and trying to narrow it down to these five things I’m grateful for has made me realize just how blessed I am. This was truly what I needed to stay out this hole.
What are you thankful for? What have you been loving lately? What’s been bring you joy? I hope you find something.