It’s finally warm!
Thank the Lord. It got up to a steamy 76*F on Tuesday!
HI. It’s been pretty quiet on Moves and Grooves lately, but it’s been a busy and weird couple of weeks. The weirdness was mostly attributed to me feeling very “off” in my faith life — prayer wasn’t the easiest, and I felt a lot of confusion, frustration, and guilt over some things in my life.
It’s not something I haven’t experienced before, but it’s always disorienting. However, I’ve learned to not depend on feelings or be driven by them all the time. This apples not only to matters of faith, but also matters of recovery, school, life in general. It makes sense (e.g. just because you don’t feel like sharing cake with your friend doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t), but feelings can be LOUD, so it’s good to remind ourselves that feelings are just feelings. We often need to follow what we know instead.
Know that God does not speak through confusion.
Know that God is infinitely loving and merciful.
I’m not usually a pinterest quote person, but this Bible verse made it to my phone lock screen this week
And with God, every trial just yields more wisdom and peace. Holy Week has helped too! This year, it has been profound yet beautifully simple, and now we are all so ready for Easter 🙂
Let’s catch up though!! So much has been happening.
I went to my second spin class ever at Cyc with Christina (@foodietunes) last Wednesday. Once again, Sarah Gaines, founder of Fit University, taught the class and kicked. my. BUTT. My last spin/Cyc class was last year during Sarah’s first “tribe ride”!
Christina texted me the night before:
And so I dragged my butt out of bed to move my legs faster than they ever do, but I still couldn’t keep up with Sarah.
I had squatted heavy for the first time in a long time THREE days before this class, and my quads were still crying by the warmup.
Christina: “Can we pick you up?” // Sarah: “Not up here.”
Thank you so much, Sarah, for a great class and for being an all-around inspirational gal!
After the Cyc class, I stopped by Whole Foods to get some yogurt, and this little fella was patiently waiting outside.
Corgis are my favorite kind of dog. They’re awkward, cute, and loyal. We need more men like that in the world.
Here are a couple solid dining hall meals I’ve eaten:
breaded fish with seasoned rice and green beans
empanadas on Latin night + salad
And I’ve been cookin’ up some fine things in the apartment as well!
(from three weeks ago!) the last of the chicken + beans from the bomb enchiladas I made with cheese, avocado, and roasted brussels sprouts
meatballs (actually, just mini muffin versions of this meatloaf), brown rice, cheese, and roasted paprika asparagus
classics with a side of anatomy
tomato, basil, feta, pepper, and olive oil
Last Sunday, Megan and I hosted “Assisi Night” for our Catholic friends. Essentially, it was an even that we made up because we’ve been obsessed with Assisi ever since we visited during our break while studying abroad. So we invited all our friends to hang out with us for an Italian food potluck, a movie about St. Francis and St. Clare, and good ol’ fellowship.
the oddly large “T” is actually a tau sign, symbolic of the Franciscan order
Dinner was complete with salad, caprese, focaccia, several kinds of pasta, and many desserts. Megan and I cooked most of it, but our friends came through with lots of delicious foods as well!
this focaccia disappeared before the event started
my attempt at cacio e pepe
‘Twas such a fun night!!
Sunsets have been magnificent this week thanks to the clear blue skies.
I wish I could go to a remote place so I could see stars too! (I’m asking for a lot, I’m sorry. I am very grateful for these sunsets.)
Exams, papers, projects, summer planning, etc. is all happening still. It’s a good kind of chaos.
I hope you all have a blessed Easter or just a joyful weekend! Eat lots of carbs
for with me!
So tell me:
Do you ever have to ignore your feelings and go with what you know?
Two fun things you’ve done recently.
What are you doing this weekend!? Easter and Marathon Monday, baby!
8 thoughts on “When You’re Feeling Off + Life Lately”
I love what you said about God not speaking to us through confusion. There’s multiple lessons in A Course in Miracles/Conversations with God <— btw. Have you read the latter? I know you'd love it. Anyways, the lessons they repeat over & over again is that the answers and truth we're seeking for come to us in stillness and are the highest feelings: joy, love and clarity. When we're being crazy and all wrapped up in our minds and fear, that's when we feel alone. Because those things are self-made and not of God. It's us isolating ourselves from the natural flow of life. And the universe doesn't try to comprehend or understand craziness/fear because it's unreal.
I hope you are enjoying a wonderful Easter! xoxo
Ooo sounds intriguing! Thanks, Jo!
Yes. Be still! He will FIGHT for you; know that it doesn’t depend on you solely. He is the ONE WHO SAVES; and we just love Him because He first loved us. Alison, your heart for the Lord is precious; and I see His work in you. ❤ HAPPY RESURRECTION WEEKEND!!!! Wouldn't this be an awesome holiday to celebrate every weekend?
And that Cyc class sounds brutal/fun.
Amen! And we do celebrate a “mini Easter” every Sunday all year round! 🙂 But nothing like the actual day itself!! Hope it was a beautiful and blessed weekend for you, Emily. ♥︎
I was thinking about you these past few weeks, so I appreciate you popping in just to share your headspace. THAT CORGI. One of my coworkers is obsessed with coworkers… I may or may not send her your way just to see these pictures. 🙂
Happy Easter!! Love you girl.
Thank you so much for your thoughts, Julia! ♥︎ Happy Easter! Love you too 🙂
Always say yes to free a) food and b) exercise classes. Top things I’ve learned in my college life.
That corgi is adorable. Can’t stop looking at it’s little butt. Speaking of staring at things, that multicolored sky is absolutely stunning.
Recent fun things: went to the botanical gardens last weekend and slowly but surely catching up on the show This is Us! Highly recommend it!
Corgi butts are some of the best things in life.
My friend has been watching This is Us and she loves it! I don’t have Netflix, but I’ll try to watch an episode sometime.