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April 13, 2011 by Leanne Vogel July 19, 2015As a teenager and young adult I was anything but comfortable with myself. I’d cry at the thought of being left alone and avoided as many silent moments as possible. I guess I was never taught how to appreciate my own personal value and how to build a relationship with me. After years of fear, I decided enough was enough and began to appreciate myself. Little things at first, like thanking myself for making a good lunch, studying hard for a test, or waking up a bit earlier than normal to go for a quick walk before work. It started very small, but I must say that a little TLC goes a long, long way. Years later and I’m happy to report that I enjoy time on my own, sitting with my thoughts, fears, and dreams. So, I was extremely thrilled yesterday when I realized that I had a huge slice of potential silence bottled up in my day that I’d never taken advantage of. My drive to and from work. Yesterday I enjoyed a drive 100% free of music, commercials, news, and weather. It was just me, the sound of my car and the sun beating down on my face. This is a huge deal for a girl that lives, eats, and sleeps music – I break out in song [and sometimes dance] at least 4-5 times a day. Weird? Maybe. … but I digress. I caught myself reaching for the radio a couple of times, but out of pure curiosity, I fought the urge to blast the tunes. I’m not sure what came over me, maybe it was the exhaustion brought on by my long morning workout, my calm brain from Monday’s day off, or the incredible dream I had about my Dad the night before. Whatever the reason, I’m so happy I’ve discovered the amazing[ness] that is driving in silence. I had time to just think about things, take a moment for myself, set my intention for the day on the drive in, and reflect on the days happenings on the way home. I’ve found a little chunk of calm in my day without having to dedicate extra time from my hectic schedule + I swear it made my day so much smoother. I’m holding on to this one!
“A Verrine is ‘a confection, originally from France, made by layering ingredients in a small glass. It can be either sweet or savoury, making a dessert or snack.’“There is a name for layering ingredients in a small bowl? PERFECT! I feel like this just gives me more excuses to layer… everything! Did you go through the awkward phase of not knowing how to feel comfortable with yourself? How did you learn to love the adult you’d become? Have you tried driving in silence? Do you take time to appreciate yourself? Do you combine grains? If so, what’s your favorite combo?
HI! I’M LEANNE
Nutrition educator + keto enthusiast. I want to live in a world where every woman loves her body, nourishing fats are enjoyed at every meal, and the word “restriction” isn’t in the dictionary.