Love Your Health: What I’m Thankful For | Living


I thought we’d keep it light and airy this week. A few things I’m thankful for, some good reads and a yummy fall recipe that’s been on repeat at my house.

Family: If 2020 and a global pandemic can have an upside, the removal of distractions and an overall slowdown might be mine. My social calendar cleared up, I deleted Facebook from my phone, and Andy’s schedule slowed down for the first time in years. The four us, because who could leave out Pam Tillis — our beagle, not the country music star — got to really spend some time together.

While I’d be lying if I told you I don’t spend my days googling how long till a vaccine or daydreaming of eating in a restaurant again, I have appreciated the time with my little crew. I’m also thankful that Landon won’t really remember this. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have really vivid memories of day to day life from age three to four. Thank heavens.

This weather: Andy and I escaped to Brevard, North Carolina for a few days last month. Quarantining in a different state can really improve your mood. Stunning leaves, hiking, starting my day with a book and a warm cup of coffee while taking in this show Mother Nature is putting on for us is good for the soul. I hope this fall you’ve had a couple of days to escape and unplug, even if you don’t leave the county.

A good cup of Joe: Speaking of coffee, when we were in Brevard, every morning I had an amazing cup of coffee and a smoothie from the cutest little coffee truck. There are few things that top a good cup of coffee in my book. A sign I’m getting older, yes. That and my nightly skincare routine.

I would urge you instead of downing cup after cup of bad coffee, a blended sugary caffeine beverage or – heaven help us – an energy drink, make drinking your morning or mid-morning cup a nice ritual. I love a cup of coffee with some frothed unsweetened almond milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I have a cheap frother that I bought ages ago via Amazon. By taking a few minutes to make my cup of joe special, I find I savor it and end up drinking less. No one wants to work or live with me after I’ve consumed endless amounts of caffeine.

While coffee has numerous health benefits, that does not include endless cups of coffee, energy drinks filled with all sorts of artificial ingredients or a caffeine milkshake. All things in moderation, please.

A good book: I’m always reading. It’s one of my very favorite things to do. My Kindle and a cup of decaf tea are what you’ll always find by my bedside each and every night. Some of my recent favorites have been The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron. I mentioned in my 40 before 40 column, found at <a…



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Love Your Health: What I’m Thankful For | Living


I thought we’d keep it light and airy this week. A few things I’m thankful for, some good reads and a yummy fall recipe that’s been on repeat at my house.

Family: If 2020 and a global pandemic can have an upside, the removal of distractions and an overall slowdown might be mine. My social calendar cleared up, I deleted Facebook from my phone, and Andy’s schedule slowed down for the first time in years. The four us, because who could leave out Pam Tillis — our beagle, not the country music star — got to really spend some time together.

While I’d be lying if I told you I don’t spend my days googling how long till a vaccine or daydreaming of eating in a restaurant again, I have appreciated the time with my little crew. I’m also thankful that Landon won’t really remember this. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have really vivid memories of day to day life from age three to four. Thank heavens.

This weather: Andy and I escaped to Brevard, North Carolina for a few days last month. Quarantining in a different state can really improve your mood. Stunning leaves, hiking, starting my day with a book and a warm cup of coffee while taking in this show Mother Nature is putting on for us is good for the soul. I hope this fall you’ve had a couple of days to escape and unplug, even if you don’t leave the county.

A good cup of Joe: Speaking of coffee, when we were in Brevard, every morning I had an amazing cup of coffee and a smoothie from the cutest little coffee truck. There are few things that top a good cup of coffee in my book. A sign I’m getting older, yes. That and my nightly skincare routine.

I would urge you instead of downing cup after cup of bad coffee, a blended sugary caffeine beverage or – heaven help us – an energy drink, make drinking your morning or mid-morning cup a nice ritual. I love a cup of coffee with some frothed unsweetened almond milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I have a cheap frother that I bought ages ago via Amazon. By taking a few minutes to make my cup of joe special, I find I savor it and end up drinking less. No one wants to work or live with me after I’ve consumed endless amounts of caffeine.

While coffee has numerous health benefits, that does not include endless cups of coffee, energy drinks filled with all sorts of artificial ingredients or a caffeine milkshake. All things in moderation, please.

A good book: I’m always reading. It’s one of my very favorite things to do. My Kindle and a cup of decaf tea are what you’ll always find by my bedside each and every night. Some of my recent favorites have been The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron. I mentioned in my 40 before 40 column, found at <a…



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