Heart of the Soul

Jodi Chapman - ChangeAs I was cooking lunch the other day, I started thinking about how I tend to eat the same basic things – there’s definitely not a huge variety of ingredients. I guess I’m a creature of habit. I like my routine, and I get comfortable making the same recipes.

As I was making my veggie pasta, I was thankful that the foods that I tend to eat over and over again are nutritious. It’s not realistic to expect that I’m going to change drastically and start trying all sorts of new foods and cook different recipes each day. But what is realistic is to make sure that the foods I eat most often (my “routine” foods) are healthy and feel good in my body. The most common foods that I eat are: coconut (oil, milk, flour), brown rice (flour, pasta, crackers), green veggies (kale, spinach, zucchini, etc.), nutritional yeast, and eggs.

And I realized that I could apply this to other areas in my life other than food. While I have a wide circle of friends, I tend to keep a small handful in my inner circle. Just like with my food, I’m pretty picky about who I will let in. With my food I make sure my body feels good after I eat it, and with my friends I make sure my heart and soul feel good after spending time with them.

Most of us like our routines. We find something that works for us, and we tend not to deviate too far from it. 

But how often are our routines chosen unconsciously? How often are they chosen because maybe they felt good at one point but no longer feel good (such as eating processed foods or being in a circle of friends that no longer nourish you)?

I would love for each of us to look at our day-to-day habits (from what we eat, to who we hang out with, and how we spend our time) and really ask ourselves if they are healthy for us right now in this moment. Are they feeding our body and/or our soul? If so, that’s great! Keep them, nurture them, and love them. If not, though, it may be time to change them. To honor our natural inclination to fall into a routine and to make sure that our routine feels good and feels healthy.

Most of us follow a similar routine each and every day – we’re creatures of habit. And rather than going against our natural inclination, why not just make sure our routines fill us up and help us live the life we want to live!

That’s what I’m going to remain conscious of, and I invite you to do the same.




about jodi
Jodi Chapman is a bestselling author, an award-winning blogger, and a soulful community builder. She lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. She would love to connect with you!

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