New Life, New Person & Swiss Chard
|April 16, 2013||Posted by under Food Recipes, General Content & Rants|
I know I haven’t written in awhile. Things have been very busy. I actually started writing this post on numerous occasions over the past few weeks and it ends up being so long and detailed that I just discard it and start over. This may even be the 6th time I’ve tried.
Truth is, everything in my life is very different. I am different.
I lost so much of myself where I lived before. I was so unhappy and miserable for such a long time. It rotted my spirit to the point that my soul was unrecognizable, even to myself . Right now, I am finally recognizing my old happy balanced self from years ago, that woman I was proud of. I am seeing sides of myself that I haven’t seen in years. It’s so amazing and beautiful but also extremely overwhelming and emotional.
In a way, I feel as if I am starting my life over completely. Though I suppose I am.
I won’t get into details as to what has transpired over the last few months because that’s when the post becomes sickeningly lengthy. Though I will say the following:
*The 3 people closest to me and my heart have become even closer.
*I am much healthier in mind, body and spirit.
*Living a minimalistic life in the loft is so peaceful and feels wonderful.
*My taste buds and body are so much happier now that I have access to affordable quality food and coffee. Not to mention the plethora of cheap ethnic foods which I truly missed and love!
*My creative side is no longer malnourished and is finally being fed by this abundance of incredible rich city culture. I hear a multitude of languages constantly and there are so many amazing events happening around the city on a daily basis!
*People’s reactions to me here are so positive and welcoming! They engage me and I engage them. I have had such interesting and intelligent conversations with many strangers over the past few months. I don’t feel resistance from people either. No one is afraid of my strong, opinionated, individualistic personality.
*Because I am no longer angry and depressed, I treat everyone with a lot more respect and have become the giving, thoughtful, accepting and friendly person I was YEARS ago.
*My intellectual self is also a lot happier & fulfilled as I am finally in a city with many people & activities that can nurture and embrace it.
To sum it up, it feels like I moved from hell to paradise.
It’s amazing how much living in a different place can change your whole life & perspective. I’ll never be happy in a place where life and most people are simple. It is what it is. Some of us perform better in life while surrounded by chaos & complexity.
To top it all off, even though I am currently not working there is a lot more money leftover every month now. In general, life in a big city is A LOT cheaper if you know what you’re doing. We’re saving so much money living here, and everything is better too. And since I am not feeling deprived of anything anymore, I use my time and money for different things. I am no longer collecting possessions and prefer experiences instead…much of which are free or cheap.
That’s the Reader’s Digest version of what’s happening.
I’m still getting used to this new and incredible life and am trying to figure out what’s next for me. Perhaps I’ll share a little more as time goes on but I wanted to let you know how things have been going and why I have been M.I.A. for awhile.
Now, onto a simple frugal recipe!
I am receiving an organic box every 2 weeks from one of many companies who offer this service. In my last one, I received a nice bunch of swiss chard and am addicted to making it a certain way because it’s so simple and tasty.
Here is the recipe:
EASY SWISS CHARD (serves 2 as a side)
*1 Tbsp good quality olive oil
*Half a large bunch of local and/or organic swiss chard (chopped) – about 6-7 cups loosely packed
*2 medium garlic cloves (minced)
*Ground Pepper to taste
In a large pan, heat up the olive oil for a minute on medium heat. Add garlic cloves and cook for another minute. Add swiss chard and cook until it wilts, about 5-7 minutes. This will greatly reduce the volume! Serve as a side vegetable. Enjoy!
Please bare with me as I go though all of these new fun and exciting changes. I will be posting more recipes too!
Thanks for your continued support and I am truly hoping I will be able to post a lot more in the near future.