I’m excited to share with you that I was a guest on my first podcast last week.  I was nervous going in as the two physical therapists that run Healthy Charleston interview a lot of performance athletes and super-science-y types about all things health and fitness.  That’s not exactly my audience or approach.

But I had so much fun!  Yves and Dane were great interviewers, and I got to go deep on one of my favorite topics to discuss when it comes to well-being — pleasure and your body’s ability to tell you what it needs and wants.

They were very intrigued by my non-science-y approach, and I got reminded that indeed it does take all types of interests and ways to make the world go ‘round.  I’d love for you to take a listen here!

In that vein, I’ve been thinking a lot about the way I want to spend the end of the year — and it’s not to bust through a lot of work tasks, or to rush around doing all of the holiday things, but to slow down and feel like I’m really nourished by each moment.  By asking myself what would be most nourishing, most pleasing (truly), what has arisen is to do less, but to make more.

And so, I made batches of all the cookies in my headline pic on Saturday. I listened to Christmas music, sat by the fire, pet the cat, and drank a cranberry martini I had been infusing for a week.

At the end of the day, I felt so satisfied, so fulfilled.

I wish you could have been with me in my kitchen as the rain came down.

I think one of the reasons I love cooking so much is that it is a uniquely rewarding sense of accomplishment to make something with my hands. To build, to craft, to at the end of the day point to something tangible and say “I made that”.  All the better that it’s something that gives others joy as well.

That’s also why I wanted to go to a wreath-making class last week. I’ve never considered myself very craftsy, but I wanted to give it a try and was so pleased with the results.

We skipped a holiday party and had oysters by the fire with grad students instead. I did go to the cookie swap that inspired all of the baking and spend a quiet afternoon with lovely women.

We haven’t put up a tree yet, and it this stage probably won’t, because the doing of it seemed hectic rather than enjoyable.

What feels nourishing instead is to buy some beautifully crafted cards and take time writing to a few special friends. (I haven’t done that in years).

And as far as work goes, it feels good to do the quieter task of refining a few things on my website and following through on recent connections.

How about you? How do you want to end the year? What can you do that brings you true fulfillment, that satisfies your soul, that leaves you feeling well-nourished? Your body, mind, and spirit will thank you for listening and following through!

If you some help getting in touch with that wisdom for yourself to end this year and start the next with intention and well-being, I would love to be of assistance.  Please reach out to schedule a holiday special session:  bookwithlauraj.as.me/holidayspecial

May your days be truly delicious and satisfying!

Hi! I’m Laura Jarrait and I work with women who adore good food but feel like it’s running or ruining their lives. They don’t want to diet or quit socializing around food but are tired of feeling less than their best and guilty, obsessive, or confused about what they eat. I help them keep the pleasure and drop the stressful thinking and extra weight, so they feel confident, light and free — all without ending their love affair with food!

I would be thrilled to help you do the same! Get my free Beautiful You guide that teaches YOU how to eat with pleasure and thrive at your natural weight or learn more about how I can support you in your eating, body love, and weight-loss goals.