November has come and gone. Honestly, I don’t know how else to start these articles. I think I’ll just continue to start each one with an incredibly cliche comment.

I love to jump right into it anyway, so here it goes:

DiveThru

DiveThru has been functioning in the world for two months. Whenever people ask me how it’s going, I always tell them that I’m just super grateful that it’s not only in my head anymore.

I feel like I’m letting DiveThru find itself right now, while we’re still working on maximizing the platform and sorting out our processes. I’m focusing on receiving feedback from our Divers to make sure the platform is the best it can be.

I feel like as I find my message through this blog, my channel and the podcast, DiveThru is the framework which supports each of the thoughts I explore. Whenever people ask me the how behind what I talk about, it will always come back to what DiveThru is – connect with yourself!

SophieThinksThoughts

The SophieThinksThoughts podcast has been operating in the world since November 5th.

Honestly, I’m in love.

I feel like… the podcast + DiveThru + writing is what I’m meant to do in the world. It all feels so aligned.

I have been struggling with Instagram for years now. I find that what you say can only be received in such a way. Instagram focuses on the visuals, which is lovely but with the message I want to share, it’s not enough.

The SophieThinksThoughts podcast allows depth to the conversation I have never experienced before. It provides a space for me, and the listen to genuinely dive deep – with DiveThru then being the framework the listener can turn to in order to further explore the thought.

After a week of the podcast, I made the decision to publish 5 episodes a week. Initially, I was worried I’d run out of topics, but I have been able to map out 4 months ahead, with new ideas coming each and every day.

I’m just so in love with the SophieThinksThoughts podcast!

 

Personal Life

November was a massive month for my family. Riley made the decision to make a career change and finished his last month at his current job. I’m so proud of him for listening to himself as he navigates his work and what he wants to do. It’s been amazing to navigate this life change as a team. During the wedding process, we really focused on the fact that we were partners – and that’s shining through as we navigate life together.

While this month was an exciting one for Riley, it was also exciting for my family. We celebrated my sister’s engagement, and they also picked a date for their wedding. They’re choosing to do a destination wedding in Mexico in November 2019! We’re all SO excited. If you have any advice about destination weddings, please share!

November also marked the first time I took my niece, Elle, out by myself. Man, that shit is stressful. Elle was wonderfully behaved, but being responsible for another human being is a lot. When she runs, I swear I hold my breath. She could just eat shit at any time. I don’t know how parents just let their children operate in the world. I feel like it would be too much to handle emotionally. Like… how can you just let a part of your heart run around so haphazardly?!

Wellness Routine

Since shifting away from fitness, I took time away from a workout routine to reevaluate my relationship with exercise. I had never exercised from a place of love and appreciation for my body. My exercise routine always came back to needing to be thinner. I really wanted to focus on coming from a place of love when working out.

I feel like I have finally reached a turning point.

In the middle of the month, I had a day where I sat on the couch for 12 hours straight. While I love to work on the couch, it was a bit much. I feel like I looked at my life and realized that I wasn’t living the way I want to, regarding my wellbeing. I just felt… stuck.

Soooo, Riley and I signed up for our local gym again as they have a track. Since my motives have shifted, I’m not looking for intense workouts. I just want to move my body. With the track, I have been power walking for 45 minutes each day, and it has been magical.

I find that since I have been exercising, I have been more on top of making food at home. We’re in the process of testing out different subscription food boxes, and it’s been interesting. I have always said how I hate cooking, but I realized that I hate the chaos of cooking when you don’t have everything laid out for you. I have been really enjoying having meals waiting for Riley when he gets home. We have anything but a typical relationship dynamic, and it’s nice for me to have dinner ready for him, for a change.

While having dinner at home is one thing, I have also been wanting to cut out purchasing smoothies out of the house.

That shit adds up.

While I was in the thick of my fitness career, I was always asked about protein powder. Truthfully, I never found one I completely loved. I saw a lot of them had nasty added ingredients – not nasty in a way where I’m labeling food as bad but legit toxic shit that had no place in a protein powder. I was super excited to see that Sunfood sells a really great rice protein powder with hardly any additional ingredients. It’s free from fillers, thickeners, binders, preservatives or any artificial flavors. As I shifted to wanting to make smoothies at home, I tried out their protein powder.

So far? I’m loving it.

Rice is a complete protein source, meaning it’s a great vegetarian protein source. Rice is also easily digested, which is great when you have a compromised digestive system. I also love that it’s great for people with blood sugar issues (me) as it’s slow releasing.

This specific protein powder has 18 grams of protein per serving and actually tastes good and doesn’t have that chalky protein powder flavor.

After figuring out some recipes, my go-to has been:

1 cup of ice
1 cup of almond milk
1 scope of Sunfood Vanilla Rice Protein Powder
3 dates
1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter

While it’s a sweet recipe, it’s also jam packed with nutrients. If you wanted, you could try adding chia seeds in, too!

Since Sunfood is my go-to, I have a discount code for you. Get 20% off your Sunfood order with the code SOPHIEGRAY.

Reflections

With Riley’s change in career and my shift in perspective around wellness, this month has left me exploring alignment a lot. As we studied in the October Update, I have been thinking a lot about my path. I have been examining the path society collectively follows and continuing to explore how it does/doesn’t serve me.

It’s continued to be eye-opening – yet painful. While this exploration has resulted in life-changing decisions I’m not yet ready to explore, I’ll leave you with reflections of your own…

Your Takeaways

How do you feel in your life? When you look around, are you leading the life you want to lead? If you were to find out you were dying, what would you want your life to look like?

Yah, heavy, but… We’re all dying, aren’t we? So, these are essential questions to answer. Have fun! 😉

Happy reflecting, friends – and have a wonderful December.