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Gearing up for Spring & Moving Forward

Hello Lovelies,

It is already April can you believe it? I found March was still really cold here, we didn't start seeing the sidewalks again until the last week of the month, as we had had so much ice and snow this winter.
This is an actual pic of an area in town from the beginning of March! Yikes!!!
I was quiet the last 3 months as I accidentally got glutened several times. Definitely was not feeling well, nor was I a happy camper.
As my immune system weakened, I got super sick,  was feeling truly awful, even ended up missing work, and so I decided it would be best to do another detox fast during my week's vacay.
I managed 7 days fasting; had intended to do 10, but there were some factors in having to cut my fast short but that's a story for another day.
I have 3 specialist appointments this month for the mold and my thyroid, so am still taking things slowly. I don't really have much of a say in the matter, my health dictates the rules and I listen.
I will say that I am healing and growing in wonderful places in my life and I am very grateful to God for how far I have come. My life is looking so very different from the same time last year, I know there is still further to go but it is important to recognize and celebrate the positive health milestones.

2018 was a very difficult, turbulent, sickly, painful, loss-filled, and intense year.
2019 is all about the next stages, re-focusing, being kinder and gentler with myself, honouring where I am at and respecting where I want/need to go.
As I gain strength and renewed purpose, I find myself needing to lean on God's word and wisdom all the more. Preparing for the next chapter in my life is something that I am feeling excited about and have been slowly working on getting my ducks in a row, so to speak.
After church recently, I enjoyed a lovely girl's day out with a dear friend. We found ourselves at Winner's/Homesense, somehow we managed to do Urban Barn and Marshall's within 2.5 hours, after dawdling over a scrumptious lunch.
Little side note, what a wonder to be able to make plans, be well enough to stick to them and follow through with the whole day.
It is a testament to God's goodness and Grace, that I have come so far in such a short time. Around this time last year I was almost taken to emergency in an ambulance. I was at the emergency clinic repeatedly, having numerouas blood tests, I was on so many meds, was in horrendous pain, and fighting for my life, thanks to mycotoxin poisoning. Less than a year later, out of the toxic mold environment, and I am beginning to thrive!
Taking time out and being able to enjoy moments with friends and family is huge, and I do not take any of it for granted.
Okay, back to girlie time, so, I bee-lined for the garden and kitchen sections, and got some pots for my herbs. I landed two pots that really work with the minimalist vibe I am aiming for when I move, and they were not expensive. (Will take pics and post another day.)
Normally, I prefer to use what I have, however, when we quickly had to vacate the previous mold infested rental, much of my clay pots and containers were damaged and I was told by my specialist that it is better to leave behind as much as possible, to avoid contamination in the new abode.
Kind of left me feeling like this pic below when I considered trying to save some of the stuff I thought was too important to be without.
No touchie!
Having been in the planning stages of prepping for my new home, during the worst of winter these past 3 months, Pinterest has been my trusty companion. These are the kind of pics that have been inspiring me to declutter, decrease my belongings, and simplify in a charming and unfussy way.
I adore the clean lines, the warm wood tones against soft whites, grounding black and metallic elements, with pops of green from plants.

Baskets and potted plants, cleared counters and spaces, nothing trailing about.
             Gather, why thank you, I believe I will.
       I find the organization to be super sexy!
                            Clean, clean, clean!!!
And of course, I need a wee bit of pink. My bubble gum, bubble filled heart, overfloweth with pinky joy!
The wood with sunlight and these tall plants is calling me.
 Yeah, I am on a wood and simplicity kick.

Another thing I likey is that I have been seeing so many minimalist idea's to incorporate flowers and plants, in a way that uses a lot of what you have at home. I have a bit of a thing for Mason jars and will admit to those being my favourite's whenever I am scrolling through decor idea's.

I borrowed Marie Kondo's  The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, from our Library, which I discovered is literally down the street from my house! The library being so near has been a God-send during these recovery and blustery cold months. Books,  books, books galore!!!
I am taken by the whole simplify, detox, declutter, and Marie Kondo method movement.

I have yet to watch her on Netflix but that will be step 2. I have decided to really take my time and read this book very slowly, while writing down the goals and answering the questions honestly, that are in this little gem of a book. It is important to eliminate the clutter and sorrow-filled things that we stubbornly cling to. I came across a quote about needing to empty our hands to make room for the blessings that God wants to fill them with.
Jesus, take the wheel and let's clear house!

I have some happy news, I am taking a small course on-line this month! Yay me!!! I know it may seem like a small thing but believe me, it's a big deal. Mold had caused serious cognitive issues and I was legitimately frightened and noticeably concerned that I may not be able to continue with my education, let alone take any simple courses. This is a big step forward in my healing journey and my life as a whole. I feel like a bit of a serious, womanly, get her did, bad-ass!

I have been slowly but surely continuing work on my cookbook, and this course is going to help with the goal of completing it. So grateful to God for bringing me to this next chapter, I know he is guiding me at every stage.
Whenever I am unsure or seem to be floundering, something shows up at the perfect moment and works for my good. I am trusting Him and it is manifesting in the most wonderful and unexpected ways. This is God's gift for my life and I am moving my wounded heart into a healing and growing one.
April promises to be a busy month, for now I am goaling it up while remembering to self-care as needed.

April Goal's:
-Continuing my walk with Jesus
-Working on my book.
-Beginning and completing a new, short-term course.
-Making a gift for a colleague's baby shower.
-Attending all my doctors appointments and doing specialized tests, while respecting my doctor's order's.
-Stepping away from what is not healthy for me, respecting my new reality with regards to my health, and embracing the positives.
-Continuing to clear out clutter.
-Focused on self-care.
-Starting my seeds with my homemade organic fertilizer. Hey, it's April, gotta think about gardening fun!

Thanks for reading, let me know what your goals are, in the comments below. I love to hear from yah!

God bless!

Valentine's on Your Own

Hello Lovelies,

We have hit February and I wanted to do a post for all of us on our own on the 14th.
I must admit there's so much happening in my life right now that I'm standing in amazement and am so grateful. I have put in so much hard work, have pushed and stuck to what I said I would do and God has seen fit to heal, progress, prosper, and bless. 
I was crying tears of actual joy and that felt wonderful. To have your effort recognized by others and rewarded, without drama, it brings up feelings of strength and builds self-esteem. That last part was unexpected but very welcome.
As I am very busy with good things and happenings that are truly blessings, I am preparing in advance for what I am going to do for the 14th to take good care of myself and celebrate my accomplishments.
I am single this year for the first time in a long time, and I have chosen a lovely itinerary for myself.
Some people have recommended going out to these special singles things, to get all fancied up, have some drinks, blah blah blah.
My introvert answer was quite simple.
Truly, I  am not a go out and party gal anymore. I prefer to do simple, keep my energy reserves strong by limiting outings, do the quiet and fun stuff for short/sweet spurts.
I will be snagging some tasty food, I adore asian noms, dumplings, dim sum items, rice paper rolls, tom yum soup, salty fish and rice, and lychee yummies for dessert!

I have also decided to do a little diy floral arrangements thingy to brighten up the winter blah happening in my room. I found these sweet things on the internet and said, hey, I can do that!

That means I get to take myself to a lovely flower shop. I adore going there, it always smells good and is nice and warm.
 I might even do one with some cute succulents.

I'm still dreaming of getting my wheaton terrier puppy, but that has to wait for another day.
If you're  not sure what to do to romance and enjoy yourself, I found some really easy idea's on Pinterest,  some that you can splurge on and some that cost absolutely nothing to treat yourself.

For a long time I have been putting my own needs on hold, waiting to get better, waiting for pieces to fall into place, waiting for the promises to be upheld, waiting for the right job, the right place, the right time.
Finally, God opened my eyes; the answer really is, now.
Do it now.
Try it now.
Ask now.
Be there now.
Be kind now.
Be a part of it now.
Recognize this moment now.
Live now.
Celebrate now.
Forgive now.
Let go now.
Share now.
Give thanks now.
Trust God to get you where you need to get to.

Have a delightful February and be good to yourself and others.
Take care, be well, love freely...
Chef Kiki