On the way home from college for winter break, my parents took me along the Blue Ridge Parkway for a little detour. I'd been feeling uninspired and off-track and desperate to be home. College was wearing me down, and I just didn't feel like myself.
We rode along the top of the mountain at sunset, stopping at every overlook, and I was able to photograph some of the most beautiful moments I had ever experienced. Surprisingly, I was no longer itching to be anywhere but there. I was able to breathe and focus and feel. My surroundings motivated me to change my mindset. Why couldn't I feel this serene all the time? Why couldn't I appreciate everyday moments the way I was appreciating these moments on the mountain?
I decided that day, on December 10th, to make the next 30 days a life changing challenge. I wrote down several goals, all relating to mental and physical well-being, and I altered them throughout as I grew in inspiration.
Being in college has only made me appreciate my parents' cooking even more. We love fruits and vegetables, and my mom is awesome at maintaining a healthy diet on a reasonable budget. She's the smartest shopper I know! This post is going to include some photos of the produce my mom purchased on Saturday, but we did pick up a lot more than just that. At the bottom of this post, I'll list most of what we got along with some dishes I like to make.
Everyone knows that they should eat healthy, but let's face it: eating healthy isn't always fun. You have to make it habit. Because my parents have taught me how to eat healthy, eating unhealthy foods honestly makes me sick, sluggish, tired, and bloated. I'm not saying I'm perfect, because I am not at all. I have my cheat days just like everyone else. In fact, college has really hurt my diet simply because of what's available to me on campus. I try my best, but being home is such a blessing.