Nourished Life Gratitude List 2014 – Week Thirty-Four

I’m feeling a little itchy this week. It might be the spring rains that have finally started falling outside the window after a dry winter season. It might be the universe telling me that I need to change something in my life – perhaps take on a new project or focus on something that needs work at the moment. I am listening, so when I find out I will be able to nourish the part of my life that needs some attention. Despite the itchy feeling there has been plenty to be grateful for this week, and so, my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2014 – Week Thirty-Four:

Monday: Tonight when I got home from work Chris piled me back into the car and drove me to our block of land so that we could see how the developers are doing. Sometimes I find it hard to believe that we bought a house and it all seems so surreal because we don’t move in until next year. I am grateful to have Chris to remind me that this is reality, and soon we will have our own little cottage to call home.

Tuesday: Today I knew that I just wanted to be outside with the wind in my hair and my feet thumping the ground. I had run around all day at work and all I wanted to do was run when I got home. I slipped on my shoes, selected shuffle on my Taylor Swift playlist, and headed to the bay. I felt free. I felt grateful.

sunset 19-8-14

Wednesday: Tonight I went home for a major baking session. Thank goodness I did a weights workout before starting though because there was a lot of taste-testing going on. I was grateful to be able to bake something for my Dad to take to work for the Red Cross Fundraiser he was helping with. Dad does so much for me that I was grateful to be able to do something in return. (P.S. I made these brownies and topped them with freckle lollies)

Thursday:  As I left work this afternoon the rain started falling steadily and softly. I made it to the gym for an awesome run and then Chris and I curled up in bed with ‘fancy baked beans’ for dinner while watching Anthony Bourdain explore The Philippines. Even though I had a busy night of cake decorating in front of me I was grateful for some quiet time with Chris before I started.

beetroot cupcakes

Friday: Today all my baking paid off at our RSPCA Cupcake Day Morning Tea! I didn’t manage to get any good photos of the cupcakes, but I made chocolate cakes with vanilla buttercream and decorated the tops with little paw prints made from fondant. I was grateful for the generosity of my workmates in helping me raise over $100 to help our furry friends. I was also grateful to leave work and go for a run before getting to hang out with my Mum, sister and a whole gaggle of ladies for a linen party. A girls night of oohing and aahing over brightly coloured sheets and fluffy towels was some low stress entertainment for the end of the week.

Saturday: This morning I woke up to the sound of the rain on the roof. I slept over at Mum and Dad’s so I was able to have a slow breakfast with them (and Miss Molly of course) and Dad and I did some sketches for a piece of furniture we are going to make together for the new house. I am grateful that I have such creative parents who also foster creativity in their kids. After breakfast I went for a great 11.5km run and did a 30 minute Pilates workout because I knew I was going out for dinner at Casey and Matt’s tonight and was sure of a feast! I was grateful for the delicious food Casey prepared for us and for the chance to spend time around the table with a whole bunch of my favourite people. A wonderful Saturday indeed.

Miss Molly

Sunday: Today I spent most of the day reading. Chris and I had the very definition of a lazy Sunday and it was greatly appreciated. After yesterday’s workout I just wanted to curl up in a chair, listen to the rain, and get swept away in a book. And I gave into that desire. I was grateful for the chance to lose myself inside the pages. Tonight I made Chris and I homemade ricotta gnudi (a sort of gnocchi) and I was so excited by the way they turned out. I will definitely be sharing the recipe soon. Also, I made a delicious basic green smoothie that I’ll share with you this week.

Basic Green Smoothie

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