Is it just me who struggles with meal planning? No? Okay then, let’s talk a bit about this beast…and then we’ll talk about this working mom hack I’ve come up with to tame the beast. The act of meal planning has slowly become the bane of my existence on Saturday mornings. I usually wake up dreading the task of searching for, syncing up, and then breaking down recipes for the week ahead. It’s tedious. It’s time-consuming. It gets on my last nerve. That said, it is a necessary evil for productivity and time-management during the week, especially when you’re a working mom. Unless, your ends allow you to pay a meal delivery service (mine don’t) or you’re okay with the anxiety that comes along with “What’s for dinner?” (I’m not.), meal planning is something you have to do to get through the week as smoothly as possible. But it still sucks.
It’s been quite some time since I attempted to follow a reading challenge. I find that most of them are not geared toward the books I like to read or pertain to subjects I’m not interested in. Or they’re nonsensical (to me) and I’m not sure what I’ll gain from following it (i.e. “read a blue book). That said, I know that reading challenges are a great way to expand your literary palate and become acquainted with different authors, genres, thoughts, and ideas. So for that reason, I’ve decided to loosely follow a few 2017 reading challenges.
This year, I decided to keep my 2017 planning to a minimum. Usually, I go all out with books, videos, workbooks, words of the year, etc and while that has worked some in the past, I wanted to make things as simple as possible this year. Focusing attention in too many places is detrimental. You run the risk of not getting anything done when you try to get everything done. Trust me, I know.
Can you believe there are only two months left in 2016? This year flew by. At one point I felt like this year was never going to end, but alas here we are. About to get ready to “ring in the new year.”
I still feel like there’s so much I need to get done though. My 2016 “to-do” list is looking kinda sad right now because it’s been neglected most of the year, much like my Goodreads reading challenge. Earlier this year, I set a colossal goal of reading 52 books in 2016. That’s a book a week. So what’s my current status on this Goodreads challenge?
Yesterday, I turned 29.
I’ve been on this earth for 29 years and I think I’m finally getting the hang of life. Reading back on some of my previous writings, both here and in my journals, and reflecting on where I was, gives me a lot to think about. The journey to 29 has not been an easy one and it hasn’t always been fun, but I’m here, living out my last year as a twenty-something. It’s like New Year’s without the fireworks. I still have cake and champagne though.
Like most years before it, I sat down to come up with 29 truths I’ve learned in my 29 years. Unlike most years, I came up with way more than 29 because apparently I’ve learned a lot. Ironically, much of that learning took place over the last year. If there were things I thought I knew, the last year of my life served as confirmation.
So…here we go.
It’s been fall for about 3 weeks now and I’m finally getting around to making my bucket list. Typically, this is an annual thing for me even if I don’t end up coming back to update the progress. This fall is no different.
Like every other fall for as far back as I can remember, I have that tingling sensation of renewal. I feel like I work all year long to get to this point and I have such an appreciation for it. In my world, fall marks a few milestones:
- The start of a new school year.
- My birthday–October 31st. This year, I’ll be 29.
- Our anniversary–October 30th. 3 years married and we’re still chugging along.
- A slower pace. Summer is very fast paced for our family. For whatever reason, instead of relaxing and going with the flow, I feel like my schedule is air tight with no room for mistakes. During the fall, I can breathe again.
About a bucket list