Take a Moment

Hello Friends :) Hope ya’ll are having a good Monday.

Paul and I are always thankful to be able to travel, whether it be a journey or just an hour away. We arrived in Tampa Bay Friday afternoon and got settled into our hotel. It was an oh-so-classy La Quinta Inn. Hey, what can I say, it was a fishing weekend.

We both were craving seafood, so we decided to venture over to Clearwater Beach to see what we could find. We ate a Crabby Bills Seafood right on the beach – craving satisfied! I had the snow crab and shrimp combo and Paul had Caribbean mahi mahi with shrimp. We were seated outside and enjoyed the coastal atmosphere, conversation, and people watching :)

We walked along the beach after dinner just about the time the sun was setting. Florida sunsets are simply beautiful.

We made a little pitstop at Yogurt Mountain! They had dairy free watermelon and pink lemonade sorbet for me which is always a plus. I gave up dairy over a year ago during the process of understanding my gut issues. It has helped tremendously, but the one thing I miss the most are all of the fun flavors – like cake batter and gingerbread!

The next morning we woke up bright and early to head out fishing! I love being up before the sun – it is such a peaceful time of day to take a moment and reflect.

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Within minutes of putting our kayaks into the water, we spotted a pod of dolphins. They are one of my favorite animals – when I was a kid I wanted to be a marine biologist so I could work with them for my career! They hung around for quite some time which I loved, but Paul said it is bad for fishing because they eat what we are trying to catch.

oh well ;)

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We stayed on the water for several hours fishing different areas. I am being completely honest when I tell you we did not catch one fish. We loved it though – it was our first time taking a trip with our new kayaks and we cannot wait for many more adventures.

What a cute fishing buddy :)

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So my 2 weeks of PTO from work are coming to an end. It is back to work tomorrow – which I am greatly looking forward to. Call me crazy, but I love my job, patients, and coworkers. I work as an oncology nurse at a hospital here in Central Florida. It is a passion of mine that developed over the years as a result of both my grandma and close friend battling cancer.  The relationship and trust that is formed in bedside nursing is like none other that I have experienced.

It isn’t always easy, but it truly is an honor to be a nurse.

I am loving blogging so far. Hopefully in time my posts and pictures will improve – but you gotta start somewhere. Thanks for reading! :)

- K

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Weekend Plans!

Good Morning! :)

I was awoken by the pup this morning at 6:54 AM. This girl is like clockwork – same time, everyday. Gotta love her :) We took our usual morning stroll – her with her messy sleepy fur and me in my underwear. It’s times like these I am thankful we live in a remote area.

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 Breakfast this morning included a new-to-me protein powder that I really enjoy! It is the Garden of Life RAW Meal – Chocolate Cacao flavor. Its protein content is derived from organic sprouted grains, seeds, and legumes. It has a fantastic taste and texture when blended into a smoothie.

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This weekend Paul and I have plans to head to the West coast of Florida for some rest, relaxation, and kayak fishing! We recently bought two kayaks and have been loving using them on our lake. We are pumped to try them out in the Tampa Bay area and hopefully catch a few fish. We are also going to spend some time on the beach and scoping out fun restaurants. Mo will be coming along as well – she is such a fun traveler :)

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I hope you guys have a great weekend doing something you love.

- Kel

Morning Devotion: Psalm 74:3

“Turn your steps toward these everlasting ruins, all this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary.” 

This scripture is shedding light onto a scene from the Old Testament where His enemies had physically destroyed Gods temple. I often times struggle when reading the Old Testament because the stories can often seem irrelevant to life today. However I am reminded that all of scripture is written with the intent of leading us back to the heart of God. This scene of physical destruction is one that is comparable to the hearts and souls of people today. We are God’s creation, which has been bruised and hurt by trials in this life. It is by His mercy and grace that we can ask of Him this same verse and that He will come to us with open arms full of love.

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Welcome to Joyful and Nourished!

Well hello :)

I am so glad you found this little corner of the world wide web. I am excited to see what this blog will become! I am hopeful that it will be a place of thought, encouragement, and friendship. I have been a long-time blog reader – finding inspiration on so many levels from people who journal about their passions and lives. My sweet husband Paul has urged me for quite some time to begin one of my own. So here we are :)

Things you may stumble upon here may include: daily ramblings, humble kitchen creations, thoughts on health and wellness, pictures of our precious pup Mo, gardening advice via Paul, and whatever else may flow from my fingers. 

ImageIt is my prayer that you would be encouraged to pursue joy and nourishment in your life.

Please take a moment to visit the “About the Author” page to learn a little bit more. Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

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