Those of you who have been subscribed to me for a while know that I had a great love of living in Alaska. I swooned over the wild landscapes, photographed the grizzly bears, moose and the Aurora Borealis as she danced across the night sky. You know that when it came time for us to leave Alaska, I literally wept. It will forever hold a piece of my heart up there in the wintery wilderness.
Though we spent a glorious two and a half years up there, I did find that there were things which I missed about the “lower 48.” Opportunities that I look forward to with our settling down and planting roots in the southeastern part of the country.
Things like the opportunity to dig my hands into the soil and plant a real garden. My tiller was lonely, tucked away in the corner of the garage, unused in Alaska. I missed being able to plant flowers in the flower bed and know that I would be able to enjoy them for more than just a handful of weeks before the first frost came and killed them. Though I loved the winters, they were a bit long even for me. It was tough being cooped up inside for so many months of the year. One day I joked with friends that I actually missed sweating. Can you imagine such a thing?
I missed watching my chickens run around the property, chasing bugs and clucking as they went. I missed hanging my clothes out on the line to dry. There is nothing like the smell of bed sheets that have baked in the sun, stiff though they may be. I am determined that the fragrance they emit is the perfume of pure sunlight – fresh and clean.
I find that I am at my happiest when I am out in the sunshine (yes, even the “death heat” as I am known to call it) mowing the grass, weeding a garden, watering my flowers and watching the baby seedlings emerging from the soil and reaching to the sky. I love throwing on my work gloves and sweating from the physical labor of raking a lawn, digging holes to plant a tree, or turning the compost pile – all the while breathing deep the fresh air.
To me, this is what I think of when I think of the concept of “living authentically.” Living close to nature and making choices to be healthy – physically and spiritually. Living in such a way that simply feeds the soul.
Something else that is important for the soul – is taking a break for yourself. My favorite way to take a mid-afternoon break? By sitting in the soft, green grass in the shade of a maple tree and having a snack while I listen to the birds chirping and the wind chimes singing from my porch.
I recently discovered Chobani Flip Greek Yogurt. As I was looking at the variety of flavors that they offer, I had a hard time deciding which ones to try. With offerings like Almond Coco Loco, Key Lime Crumble, Salted Caramel Crunch, Chocolate Haze Craze and Blueberry Power – how can one choose? I didn’t. I brought them all home.
I love that I can enjoy an afternoon break with something that is full of flavor and goodness, without feeling guilty. There’s no undoing the good things that the fresh air and work have done for my body with these.
I appreciate what Chobani stands for:
“To love this life is to live it naturally à Chobani, love this life”
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Chobani through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Chobani Flip Greek Yogurt, all opinions are my own.