The Rest can be a love-hate relationship. When I realize how much I have, how much I want, and how much I waste, I get annoyed. After the initial emotion of annoyance, I quickly become grateful. Gratitude is a wonderful benefit that comes out of The Rest. The Rest changes me; it does.
What would My January Rest be without creative fixes (figuring out how to use something up) and of course flops? … More
The draw to shop can be so strong and the autopilot thoughts are rampant when I started MJR. They are less so three weeks into MJR. That is a one of the main points of MJR; to break the automatic responses to what I want.
This month has been flying by! I enjoy each January Rest, because each one is unique and each Rest has … More
A few days into the sugar-free adventure, I did not find great joy. When karate-chopping the burnt edges off my food in anger, I figured the episode was induced by sugar withdrawal. My poor husband stood there, quietly watching me from a distance. I suspect he contemplated making a run for it, but it was only a pizza cutter: the risk was minimal. Not pretty. Not pretty at all.
My January Rest is off to a good start. One of the first thoughts, most likely every year, is that things last … More
My January Rest is my version of a New Year’s Resolution. But instead of setting goals for the year, most of which will not survive the month, my focus is resting from lessor things—for one month—for the purpose of focusing on greater things.
The Rest is challenging, but oh so fun! How can no sugar be fun? Because it isn’t really about giving up, it is about getting something of greater value. Every year I have learned and grown as I have rested. I’ve laughed at myself and learned from fellow sojourners. I’ve been especially blessed to hear how rest has affected those who have stepped into The Rest.
When winter hits and the year-end holidays retreat like a tide gone back out to sea, I am left wanting to rest. Rest; the kind that changes weary into wonderful.
Really? Truly, I cannot believe it has been nearly a month since I began My January Rest. One more day. … More
Yes, I find humor in MJR’s process of eating up what we have and concocting odd dishes or dinners. Here are a few of this month’s good, bad, and otherwise food antics.
From 2015 (last year’s) recap: Mindlessness is the opposite of thoughtfulness. My January Rest causes me to focus, specifically, and occasionally tediously, on reprioritizing what I give my time, talent, and treasures to.
Apples always seem like a good idea when I buy them, but somehow they sit instead of being eaten. What I know from experience is that the longer I stay off sugar and the longer I stay off processed food, the more tasty the apples become. It is a type of food magic.
Are you weary and in need of rest? You might need rest if: you have more ideas than umph you … More
The ride home was interesting. Our daughter began by asking for something to eat and I said, “Yes.” She asked for a pear and I said that I didn’t have any.