7 QT: Podcasts, Sleep, and Sugar

It’s strangely humid here in Minneapolis but the trees are also beginning to change, so I’m caught between something I love (fall trees) and something I don’t love (humidity). C’est la vie. To be honest, there are so many posts I’ve been working on but I feel stuck at a weird place with all of them, so for the sake of posting something, here I am. Many of the bloggers I follow do seven quick takes on Fridays. It’s mostly a Catholic blogger thing, but today I’m going to follow suit.

So, seven things right now:

1

I discovered a new podcast that I love: Typology. If you’re into the Enneagram, check it out. I read the book The Road Back to You this summer and had a book club discussion with some friends about it. Fascinating stuff.

2

I’ve been getting more sleep. Now that Henry usually sleeps through the night (as long as I dream feed him before I go to bed), I can actually get full night’s rest. I’ve been going to bed between 9:15-10:15pm and I finally feel rested when I get up with Henry around 6:00am. It’s made me such a happier person. Good sleep habits are as good as kale.

3

Bye, bye sugar. At least for a little while. I’m taking a break from most refined grains and processed sugar this month. This is nothing compared to the likes of Whole30, but I wanted to reset my habits and cutting out sugar has been helping. I’ve noticed a huge difference in how I feel after breakfast, too. I used to start my day with cereal or granola, but since I’m taking a break from processed sugar, I’ve been having either:

a green smoothie (something like spinach, peaches, banana, chia seeds, sunflower seed butter, and almond milk)

a couple slices of whole grain toast with avocado and eggs on top

oatmeal with walnuts, chia seeds, ground flaxseeds, almond milk, cinnamon, and maybe sliced banana

If I’m in a hurry, I usually have a piece of toast with natural peanut butter and some berries.

4

Morning walks. This hasn’t happened every day, but I’m trying to get in the rhythm of going for a short walk with Henry after breakfast. Even though we live in the city, I find it most natural to connect with God in nature. I like letting my thoughts lead to prayer while I walk.

5

Another podcast I love: The Simple Show. Tish’s current series on what to say yes and no to is based off of the book Essentialism, which is one of my favorites. The topics have been about things I’ve been thinking about in my own life: Eating Locally, Friendship, and Dating in Marriage. Give it a listen and tell me what you think!

6

This verse, “Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths…” (Psalm 39:5), struck me this morning. Becoming a mother gives my life such a different sense of time. Time is fast and slow and gracious and mean and now all at once. Yet God is outside of time. God is forever. My life on earth is only a shadow compared to eternity. My prayer lately has been that God would help me use my days well–to savor the season I’m in and stay present in it, to become more fully who I was created to be, and to love God with an undivided heart.

7

Henry. He currently knows what smile, dance, and clap mean. His version of dancing looks something like vigorously shaking his head no with a huge smile on his face. It’s a sight to behold. He’s been such an easygoing guy while Nathan’s been traveling the past few days and I’m so thankful for that. He still loves people and gives me the sweetest cuddles in the morning (sometimes these snuggles include digging his fingernails into my armpit and headbutting my stomach, but this too is love).

Enjoy your weekend!

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