Well, today is the last day of my holiday break, and I have mixed emotions. I feel like I got a lot of rest, a lot done, and had some great times, but you always want a little more 😏. I started out the break in party mode which was great fun. I got the chance to meet up with a lot of people that I have not seen in awhile. Our actual Christmas day was nice and calm though. We stayed home all morning, went to a movie, and then came back home and got in her pjs for the rest of the day. Caleb said it was his favorite Christmas ever 😁.

He loved his new coat

Even though it doesn’t sound like fun, my next activity made me very happy… I organized lots of cabinets, garage shelves, and best of all, the extra closet in my room. I have been throwing clothes and extras in there for the past year and it was a mess. I finally took everything out and divided it up. Goodwill, donate to friends, throw away, or keep. Let’s just say there were four full baskets of stuff that left my home. The good news is that the clothes that I got rid of were too big. I had been just letting them hang in both of my closets but it was finally time to let them go. I also organized my regular closet and got caught up on washing, drying, and sorting on my laundry. It’s an adult thing and it makes me happy.

Then I decided that I had not been cooking enough because I was out of school, so I decided to have a taste-testing party. Not really, I really wanted to have it to let people see and taste whole food plant-based dishes and realize that they are not hard to make and that they are tasty. I cooked for 2 days and made some of every category of food. And while I was super tired, it was totally worth it. The event was fun and educational and a chance to meet up and talk with others about the plant-based lifestyle. I really enjoyed it, and I hope to have some more get-togethers in the future. Everyone went home with a full belly and a folder full of recipes.

Chickpea ‘tuna’ salad
BBQ chickpeas and cauliflower tacos
Cabbage and kidney bean soup

Those are only a few of the dishes that we had. I want to thank everyone for coming and for continuing to support me and this new business endeavor. I also want to thank those who stayed behind to help me clean. You don’t know how much that was appreciated. By the time it was over, I was exhausted and the thought of cleaning up was not on the top of my happy list. I have the best friends though. Several have come over to see me in the past weeks and just automatically start helping me do dishes as I’m cooking 😳. Those are the best kinds of friends. They realize what you need without even asking 😊.

And because I had done all of that hard work and we really needed to have some fun, Caleb and I decided to make an impromptu visit to Disney. We went to Magic Kingdom and had a wonderful time. We rode so many rides and made our way around the food circuit 😏 which leads me to a confession… I have failed you as a leader. On the first day of the ‘no eating out’ challenge, I went to Disney! I know, I know, I’m a loser but I am adding a day to the end of the challenge because of my transgressions. At least we ate cheaply and I ate healthy. I had the vegetarian chili from the Columbia Harbour House for lunch and the plant-based Burger from our hotel for dinner. I did have one unauthorized treat, my Dole Whip for which I feel no guilt and for which I will continue to have every time I visit Disney!

Beautiful day at MK
So delicious

So now I am heading back to a normal life, haha. I made 14 lunches and a Greek pasta casserole today, which is my normal. I am truly looking forward to what this new year holds in store for me. Last year was a great year because I was finally cured of cancer. It was also an eye-opening year for what another purpose in my life was to be. I was able to have the opportunity to start a blog, connect with others who have cancer, teach so many about a healthy lifestyle, and get my certificate in exercise nutrition. I can’t wait to see where all of this leads during 2019, and I am ready for the ride. 😊