Ah, Sundays... I have such a love/hate relationship with them. On one hand- its back to the grind tomorrow morning and the "sunday blues" kick in around 6pm. On the other hand, I find such a sense of peacefulness and appreciation for the day and all it can entail. It is the end of one week; the beginning of the next.
This year, I am challenging myself to use Sundays as the day to re-energize me. Whether that means laying in bed all day after over-indulging perhaps a bit too much the night before, or finding a new part of San Diego and satisfying my need of exploration.
I have re-committed myself to my faith- something I have dipped my toe into over the past 10 years but have ultimately left on the back burner of my life. Going forward my Sunday will include church which usually leaves me with a feeling of peace and the desire to appreciate all my life has to offer. Today was no exception.
I have recently started attending the Rock Church in Point Loma. It is a large, non-denominational Christian church that is led by Miles McPherson, a retired NFL player of the San Diego Chargers. (R.I.P. Chargers...). Today kicked off a series on prayer, something I always forget is a two-way conversation, not a spiritual version of an amazon wishlist of things I want from God. More to come on that...for now let's chat about my adventure after church ended.
The church is located at Liberty Station, which for all you non-San Diego natives, is an area of the city which was used as the Naval Training Center for Navy recruits in the 1920s. At the end of the Cold War, the Navy slowed down activity and officially closed in 1997. In 2000, the City of San Diego gained ownership of the property and started repurposing it into a center of shops, history, and arts.
One of the most visited places at Liberty Station, is Liberty Public Market, which is home to 30+ local artisans, showcasing artists, specialty cocktails, and mouth-watering prepared foods. Today, I finally explored it briefly. Immediately, I am overwhelmed by all incredible smells spilling out of the glass cases filled with pastries, pasta, sandwiches, and seafood. The laid back vibe oozing out of the brewery and coffee venues makes me want to stay forever.
Because I knew I would be having dinner later that day with my brother, I limited myself to only trying one thing from the many options. Talk about Sophie's Choice... I settled on Paraná Empanadas Argentinas. (PS. It was a GREAT choice.) Despite the several different types of empanadas they had, all made fresh, I decided on the beef empanada. The crispy shell, was bursting with flavor; stuffed with seasoned ground beef, roasted bell pepper, green olives, and sautéed onions. Is your mouth watering, yet?
After my mini trip to Argentina with that empanada, I stumbled upon an adorable jewelry/accessory booth called Nobel Rags. The owner, Courtney Shaddows, was so sweet and shared my sense of style and aesthetic. Her tables were filled with adorable tiny rings, brass bracelets, and simply-designed necklaces. I found a bar of bracelets with multiple different phrases/words etched into them. Feeling a recent burst of renewal, purpose, and love, I bought two that will aide in gentle reminders in my journey towards self-love. If you want an inspirational bracelet of your own click here.
Today's trip to Liberty Station was short yet sweet. I can't wait to check out more venues in the weeks to come. Until then..leave me a comment on how you love to spend your Sunday!