Today

Today I am:

♥ feeling inspired by all the mothers in my life, from my own who is about to embark on a great and spontaneous adventure to India for a family wedding; my sister who recently welcomed her second babe and is gracefully navigating all the change that brings; a dear friend who is now a mama to four children; mama bloggers like Amanda and Ginny , Kathy and Jean, who remind me to take pleasure in the work of everyday things, make time for craft, and to really see my child as she is right now.

♥ a bit overwhelmed with some potential life-changing decisions.  Something big is brewing, and while I’m excited and optimistic, a dark cloud of doubt has moved overhead, causing me to question everything.  How do you know when the time is right to make a big change in family, work, or lifestyle?  I’m trying to trust my heart and intuition, but they can be hard to hear over the noise of self-doubt.

♥ planning for summer. There’s so much I’d like to accomplish this summer that I’m in danger of letting it pass me by entirely.  Reminder to self: make sure to spend plenty of days barefoot, splashing, blowing bubbles, eating strawberries straight from the patch, and just being summer.

♥ challenged to create satisfying, tasty vegetarian meals.  I haven’t had any meat since March’s vegan challenge, and I feel great.  But I’m still learning the art of creating meals that feel whole, as opposed to a collection of disparate side dishes and salads.  Thankfully, the summer market and my garden are providing great inspiration, but each week the grocery shopping and meal planning feels like a chore.  I long to be excited about those tasks again.

♥ excited to have made it into the homestretch of my lace shawl.  It’s going to be beautiful!  I am so pleased to have retrieved it from the dark corners of my hope chest.

Oftentimes writing what’s on my mind is such a relief!  It can lighten the load a bit, breathe some air into stagnant thoughts, brighten my mood, and bring me new energy. What is on your mind today?

 

V-Day

 

Today is the first day of the great 30-Day Vegan Workshop.  I spent last week cleaning out my kitchen and making vegetarian dishes in preparation for this challenge, a way to ease this family into a new way of eating for the month.  It was pretty easy, but every time I got out the butter or cheese, I had a small sinking feeling; what will I do without these dairy staples?  What will we do for protein?  Desserts?

We had a Farewell to Meat dinner with friends on Saturday night.  There was steak, lobster, ribs, and chicken around the restaurant table, as well as jokes about bacon towers and spiral cut ham plates.  We did our best to sample all the tasty meaty goodness we could; it was fun, but also a little fraught for me.

This may be a permanent goodbye to meat for me, as I have been wrestling with the dilemma of whether to veg or not to veg for some time now.  I love animals. I grew up eating meat.  I’m an omnivorous foodie.  This will be a major lifestyle shift.  For awhile I appeased these vegetarian urges by buying all-natural, “happy” meat. I definitely felt better about that than buying big industry beef and chicken, and yet…

This month will reveal how I truly feel about going vegetarian, I suppose.  But more than that, I am looking forward to a rejuvenation, a refreshing of my body and spirit through the thoughtful act of preparing clean, whole food.  The process naturally brings up the desire to make other areas of our life clean and whole.  It’s only fitting that this challenge is happening at the first blush of spring.  That urge to clean and refresh the house, organize and de-clutter is strong this time of year! So it’s going to be a whole body, whole house spring cleaning, and I am excited.

What are some of your favorite vegetarian or vegan recipes?