I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the ways that I can, do, and wish I would embrace life. Over the past five years, I feel like my eyes have been opened, a veil has been lifted, and I can see clearly now. You know when you’re driving and you zone out and all of the sudden you’re at your destination? That was me before; now I’m (mostly) fully present and aware of the highs and lows of my life. One of the ways that I embraced life today was that I cooked and baked. I made dinner for my family, including my dad’s girlfriend–a big task but it was so fun! I made a chicken and vegetable curry recipe (except I used apples instead of broccoli); I’ve never tried anything this ambitious before, and it actually turned out pretty well! (At least that’s what everyone told me!) The biggest mistake I made was that I didn’t prep all of the ingredients beforehand, so I had to slow down the cooking process so I had time to chop stuff while the first stuff was already cooking. Then, after dinner, I made my (now famous) granola and granola bar recipes (both courtesy of my dear friend Linda). And I think the granola bars were the best I’ve ever made! I love making my own food. I really wish it was something I had more time to do, or that I had more occasions like tonight where I had enough people to cook for to make it worthwhile. But I absolutely embraced the experience, and it was totally worth it! I’m so excited to continue this journey of health, as well as living life with my eyes wide open. I pray that we can all continue to embrace the present moment and live life to the fullest! What a joyous way to live!