December 9th was my first full day in Portland. It was my first day at Kinfolk, and it was the first day of one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. My life if full here and only growing. Moving out West, getting an office job, and really living on my own for the first time was not stressful but freeing. After 4.5 years of not pursuing my dreams (long story…see past posts) and a year of doing everything I knew to try and make up for the lost time, I can say it was worth it. I think solitude and struggle are the greatest teachers, and hope was the only thing that kept my head above water. I’m still growing and learning and just beginning this new life, but I feel peace. I think sometimes God wants us to feel unsettled to move us to His will. I’m learning that His will often means doing things without knowing the outcome, and if it’s scary I should probably do it.
There’s a life update. Now a food update! I’ve been on the beans and oatmeal diet* but needed to mix things up after two months. Like I’ve said before I’m no chef, but this simple soup was just the hearty warmth I needed on this cold winter day. Nourishing, satisfying, and light on the wallet :)
Red Lentil Soup
2 cups red lentils
8 cups water
1 large onion
1 bunch of carrots, with tops
extra virgin olive oil
Celtic Sea salt
In a large pot drizzle olive oil and add chopped onions. On medium heat fully cook onions and then add water, lentils, and chopped carrots. Bring to a boil and simmer until carrots are tender and lentils are fully cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!
*Not strictly. I’ve had my share of eating out, too :)