On: the Soul, Peppermint Tea, & Tanya Davis

“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” 
― C.S. Lewis

No pictures again this time. I’m going to post pictures the next time it snows, promise. It’s melty and yucky right now…

I have been loving it here in Rexburg. The environment on campus is so peaceful. It’s been snowing here (finally!) and even walking across campus amid the giant, falling flakes… I am happy. For the first time in my life, I feel like I am in the exact right place, doing the exact right thing, surrounded by the exact right people.

Today, I want to tell you about some things I am thankful for. I feel like I have been neglecting my SELF lately. My self, my spirit, my soul. I’ve been eating yucky foods, and staying up too late, and worrying too much about things I can’t control, and procrastinating, and not exercising… most of these things are also related to physical unhealthiness, but they are manifestations of what happens when I forget to nourish my soul with the things it needs.

In recognition of that, this week I’ve been trying my hardest to eat right (including abstaining from soda for a whole month to detox my addiction to Diet Dr. Pepper), to get enough rest, to drink peppermint tea every night to help me sleep, and to let my SOUL and the body that houses it know that I care about them. That I love them and I want to take care of them.

AND that I am listening to my soul. And let me tell you, my soul is bursting with gratitude today.

Once I start (or re-start) habits of eating right, and exercising, and doing my homework ahead of time, and catching up with phone calls and emails and texts that I’ve missed… I start to relax and realize how great life is.

In the spirit of gratitude and happiness and healthy habits of any kind:

I am thankful for friends who share scriptures with me!

I am thankful Christian introduced me to the most wonderful cure-all that is peppermint herbal tea!

I am thankful for P90X helping my body feel healthy and get back in the shape I like to be!

I am thankful for Jonathan… for always playing “Risk” with me, for always listening to me when I’m sad, and for being my favorite 18 year-old punk!

I am thankful that Kirsten also likes to watch hopeless romantic movies (someone in this apartment has to besides me)!

I am thankful for my tribe… the Johnson descendants who are so incredibly true and genuine and amazing I don’t know what I’d do without them!

I am thankful for the Brave Girls Club and their Daily Truths. (You really should check them out… the Daily Truths really will speak to your soul.)

I am thankful to be a hopeless romantic — I feel like it’s a form of optimism that too many people discard!

I am thankful for asparagus and apples and tuna and carrots and cucumbers for replacing my steady diet of pudding, popsicles, popcorn and OCPs!

I am thankful for water to drink instead of Diet Dr. Pepper!

On that note, I’m thankful to live in a country with clean drinking water readily available!

I am thankful that my grandma taught me everything she did (more to come on that in another post… soon)!

I am thankful for $0.80 44 oz. drinks (lemonade) at Horkley’s!

I am thankful Roosevelt has snow tires!

I am thankful for Scott and Ida Butigan, for everything they’ve done to help me since I moved to Rexburg!

I am thankful for you. :)

Something else I have been thinking a lot about is that being alone is… well… lonely. Being single, being alone in your room, walking to class alone, doing whatever it is that you do and doing it alone… it can get pretty lonesome sometimes. But I’ve learned that being alone allows for nourishment of the soul, for reflection,

I’ve also learned that I love Tanya Davis’ poetry. I definitely recommend this video called, “How to Be Alone.” It really is beautiful and if you’re feeling down about the singularity of yourself, maybe it will help you find the beauty in spending time alone. :)

Thanks for reading today.

Jeri Lynn