Rest: Taking time to refuel

I think one of the hardest activities for us as humans is just to rest. Yoga instructors say the hardest pose for students is usually Savasana, you just lay on your back not moving, with minimal thinking. How hard can it be? It’s really hard! I challenge you just to lie on your back without moving/getting distracted for 10 minutes; if you succeed, let me know. Back to the point of this blog, why is it so hard for us to just rest?

I remember when I was still working full-time, some co-workers would talk about how they hadn’t gone on vacation in years. One co-worker would brag about how she hadn’t gone on vacation in five years… FIVE YEARS!!!!! Like why? You looked stressed all the time, this is why you get vacation, I hope she’s taken a vacation! And then there are those who go on vacation and are still checking/replying to emails… just enjoy your time of rest. Delete the email app off your phone and sleep, read, go hiking, dance, shower, I don’t know… anything but work. And to those who get sick leave, if you are sick, use it and get better. I don’t want to be on a conference call with your sick self… REST! I beg you, stop working and rest. There is a time to work, and there is a time to rest; even The Lord rested on the seventh day… shouldn’t you?

Personally I am in a season of rest, and I’m not going to lie… it’s hard. And I believe the reason it’s hard is because as adults, we feel guilty for resting. Granted, we are called to work, no matter what that looks like; from being a homemaker, a student, or even the CEO of a Fortune 500 business. I know I mention this in a few blogs, but I resigned from my job in November, and it is February (#Funemployed). Part of me wants to hit the pavement running, but I know during this time I just need to rest, because when the next season hits, I will look back and regret the day I didn’t take advantage of this time. So I’m working on resting in Him, without feeling guilty, as I prepare for the next super busy season!

Now rest looks different for everyone; some just need to sleep, while others shop, rearrange their homes, or need to be out in nature taking a walk, sitting on a beach, kayaking… you name it. So whatever your rest looks like, don’t forget to do it! Personally, I’m enjoying this time having moments with God, reading, running, blogging, and hanging with family and friends. My guilty pleasure during this season is being able to enjoy Gossip Girl (I’m on season 5, almost done)!

Please let me know if you’ve gone through a season of rest (be it a few days or maybe a few years), and let me know you did during that time. If you are in a busy season, let me know what you do to refuel (how do you find rest in the chaos).

With love,

Tifa

Savoring the Taste

This week is a continuation of last week’s post about seasons. One of my favorite things on the planet to eat are red velvet cupcakes. I could eat a red velvet cupcake every day if my waist would allow it! I even judge bakeries on their red velvet baking skills. Two of my favorite local bakeries, who in my case make the best red velvet, are Fancy Cakes by Leslie in Bethesda Row (featured in the blog photo above, her cupcakes are AMAZING), and Sprinkles in Georgetown for their vegan red velvet cupcakes. The one thing I need to remember whenever I’m ravenously devouring a cupcake is to stop and savor the taste. This is really hard for me because I’m so excited about the delicious $3 gift before me, that I forget to chew and enjoy (I know, the cupcake industry is a total rip off at minimum $3 a pop). My one regret is usually not enjoying what I have while I have it.

This week I want to talk about savoring the taste and enjoying the moment before it’s gone. A few weeks ago, one of our pastor’s spoke about the church’s summer youth camp at a young adult night. He said there were times when he had to step back and savor the taste of what God was doing among the youth at the camp. I feel that there are many times we get caught up in everything that is going on around us, we don’t stop and take it all in. This is a hard lesson to learn, and I’m still trying to figure it out because I’m always rushing from one place to another (constantly thinking about the destination and not the journey).

This week I will try to stop, be thankful for, and enjoy the moments that God has given me. Take time to breath in the fresh, crisp air of fall. Hang out with friends I haven’t seen in a while, or even just take my chubby dog for a nice long walk (she needs to walk more, she’s getting a little round).

What are some things you do to stop and savor the taste of the moments you’ve been given?

With love,

Tifa

p.s. Speaking of tastes, I’m an “okay” cook. I take a lot of recipes from Pinterest. Please let me know if you would like to see posts about some of my Pinterest recipes attempts. Some of them may turn out edible, while others are epic failures!