Haaaapppy Wednesday! Let’s make it a good one, hey? Why not start it off with the new tradition, “WIAW:” What I Ate Wednesday, sponsored by Jenn over at Peas & Crayons. In case you’re just joining the party, WIAW is all about sharing what you ate from a day of the week (well, if you’re like me, shots from throughout the week since I always forget about photo-logging for a solid day) and celebrating the food we eat as fuel rather than comparing our habits and eats to others. Here are some past posts: WIAW #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, & #6. I thought I’d be fun to do a special edition of WIAW today…so, without further delay,
“WIAW: What I Ate Wednesday + Who I Am Wednesday!”
What I Ate:
Lunch: A fried egg & egg white over a bed of spinach with loads of veggies & sprinkled with nutritional yeast. Unpictured: a peach + a few handfuls of chocolate chips.
Garlic Gold – a leftover freebie from the HLS goods!
Roasted Tomato & Grilled Corn Soup (with tofu and Kombucha on the side)
Definitely click the link above to see Ashley’s tasty, easy-to-make recipe and gorgeous tomato photos!
Who I Am
In brief, the most full way I can describe or define myself is simple and yet hard to remember as I move through my days and live my life. It is this: I am a beloved child of God with whom He is well-pleased. That’s it! Yet I often find myself grasping at so many different ways to identify myself by what I do rather than who I am. I will always struggle with this, but I am so thankful for God’s grace in reminding me that above all, I am His and I am loved, and that my only real aim in life is to love God and love people. That’s what I want to be about and what influences everything I do, even blogging, but I in no way want my beliefs as a Christian to affect you the reader in a judgmental or “preachy” way. Rather, my theology influences the way I live and interact with others and even eat as it’s biblical to take care of your body and eat well (and yes, even enjoy wine and good food!) in order to live a life that honors God, allows you to impact others, and enjoy the blessings you’re given to the fullest.
That being said, here are few other facets of who I am:
In December of 2007, Mikey Lang and I were married in front of a small group of close friends and family over a wintry weekend of wedding festivities! I left the name of Chalmers behind and became a Lang and absolutely take pleasure in supporting, loving, serving, and respecting my man. Life with Mikey is the best adventure!
I have been running since junior high and loved high school cross country and track. Ever since then, running has been a part of my life. Whether it’s been through long 10 milers with my mom when I was in grade 10 and complained the whole time, speed workouts on track with running teammates, or running during difficult times in life, running has been a constant that’s ebbed and flowed in different intensities. I simply LOVE to run – it’s my favorite form of movement. I don’t race often but I still feel motivated to run long, include recovery runs, and (sometimes) get some speed work in. I am a runner.
In May 2008, 5 months to the date after Mikey and I were married, he was diagnosed with hodgkin’s lymphoma. It was a shock and life-changer, to say the least, and it’s a long story to tell but one of hardship, loss, hope, joy, and redirection in life.
A whole new world: the one hike during treatments; chemo treatment #1 and 2; bald and enjoying life on our only backpacking trip during that time!
Now, 2 years after his chemo and radiation treatments, he’s doing well but so much has changed. From that experience we created a film called “Wrong Way to Hope: A Story of Young Adults and Cancer” with our friends at Hands On Films and YD Adventures and have toured the film across Canada. God has used this difficult experience in our lives to bring us closer together and give us a shared mission to help other young adult survivors as they navigate the emotional changes that occur post-diagnosis and share hope.
A Daughter & Sister
I love my family! My brother is the most hilarious, kind, generous, and likeable boy in the world; my parents exemplify what the Bible calls “true religion” in James 1:27: “Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.” They are so supportive and caring; I have the best in-laws you could ask for (so great, in fact, that we live in their basement!); and my two sisters (and their fun husbands!) are a blast to be around and live incredible lives that help others.
In the snow or on the rock,
jumping in Trinidad or kayaking on the Owyhee River,
camel riding or quading in Morocco,
I love to adventure, and to do so with others! That’s the best part of living life and going on those adventures – experiencing life with others. Life is best experienced not alone but in community – another thing that I’m passionate about in life, whether it be the community of our friends at YD Adventures, the young adult cancer community, or the network of healthy living bloggers! There are so many ways to adventure in life and always someone to do it with if you open yourself up to be vulnerable, share your story, and engage with others.
…just a little bit about what I ate and who I am! Hope you enjoyed the brief intro. Now just a few questions for you: What is your all-time favorite food? Mine might be Peet’s Coffee French Roast blend and licorice…but green smoothies are a close second. Who are you? What are a few words that describe what you love to do and who you were made to be? I’d love to get to know a bit more about you. Make it a great day; live well & be well!