Chicken Soup and Sprouts

Hello and happy 2014. I hope these first few days of the new year find you healthy and well. My thoughts go out to everyone in the Midwest and east coast battling that beyond crazy cold weather. I have no right to complain about weather here in the west. It's warmer and drier than usual and there's fear of a possible drought later but we're lucky compared to our friends on the other end so please be safe.


But if I may, I'm going to whine just a smidge about this annoying cold/flu I picked up last week. I don't get sick often and when I do I'm usually on the mend after a day and a half or two. Well this one isn't going without a fight so lots of soup and tea and tissues for me.

The weirdest thing is that I've completely lost my taste for sweets.

I know. Me, the chick whose middle name is frosting. Now I crave salt all day long and the thought of anything sweet does nothing for me.


I found this picture and honestly, if I could lick the monitor I would. I'm actually salivating as I type this. It's the most bizarre thing. Now I have craved more salt when I've had a cold before but I never completely lose a craving for sweets. I haven't even wanted my morning hot coco. Has this ever happened to any of you?


Do you choose a word for the year?
 
My word for 2014 is SPROUT.

A part of me has been hibernating in darkness the last 2 or 3 years. It's not a gloomy darkness although what got me there was certainly gloom worthy.

I tried to embrace forgiveness. Tried to learn to let go. Let go of the past. Learn gratitude. Be grateful for second chances. All the things my brain thought were the logical steps to healing.

But you know what? They just didn't work for me. For whatever reason forgiveness never came from an honest place and I found myself thriving in the dark. Finding my strength. Embracing my frailties and all my flaws.

I learned that what I needed to let go of wasn't the darkness. I just needed to grow a new me. In new soil. Breathing new air. There might be some darkness in that soil but it keeps things real for me so we shall see.

I also have faith in karma and it is the year of the Snake after all.
 
Good time to shed my old skin


When I started blogging in January 2010 the last winter games were about to start. I can't believe it's been 4 years already. I'm looking forward to watching them in Sochi. Just like my fondness for all things New Orleans, I also have a thing for Russia. I think it started with figure skating and the Russian pair Gordeeva and Grinkov. Plus I'm really more of a snowy forest than a sun and surf kinda girl.
 
So here's to a brand new year again.

May yours be filled with more blessings,
more joy, more hugs and more art.


A friend who is dear to me recently lost her poppa. I know most of you know her too and probably already know. She can use a hug if you have one or a hundred and one to share.



3 comments:

Tilda said...

Funny you should say that about sweets. I had a similar experience when I caught the flu a couple of months ago. Only I lost my taste for coffee---and I was an extreme coffee junkie! But after I got sick, the thought of drinking coffee was gross to me. I started drinking tea. Now, months later, I still mostly drink different teas and only have the occasional cup of coffee. So weird!

Nadine A. said...

Well my Mom always told me if you are craving it that means your body needs it. Maybe not salt exactly but just savory. Meat perhaps. You could be lacking protein. Hmm your post made me think about what my word for the year would be. Change is the only thing that comes to mind as cliche and predictable as that sounds. But it is true. All sorts of new things have been happening for me. Love, career, even location. Guess we will see. =) Hope that the new year has been good to you so far and brought with it many blessings.

-Nadine

Ms Misantropia said...

Darkness is not a bad thing (as long as it's not the kind that eats away at you). I know I need my darkness - for balance, for creativity, for perspective, for warmth, for pleasure.

I understand your 'thing' for Russia, but I take great offense to their politics and lack of basic human rights. My 'thing' is basically a highly romanticized fictional Dr Zjivago kind of 'thing' - that I'm pretty sure doesn't exist in modern Russia (if it ever did).