there was a time when i was a little more adventurous in my cooking. i used to love to get recipes in my email. you know those silly ones from your girlfriends that are like a chain letter where you have to pass them on. they were actually pretty useful. now, i am exhausted at the end of the day and admittedly look to the easiest, fastest way to feed my family. one thing i have not compromised on is health. even if it is a quick meal, i always make sure that it is healthy. the biggest challenge i have with being so rushed is that i tend to stick to a predictable menu. i don’t change it up all that often. i am completely inspired by people who are professional chefs or just naturally incredible in the kitchen. i want nothing more than to wow my family and my guests with dishes that are unique and drool worthy.
i made a decent little investment in to this goal and have committed myself to a few classes at the Calphalon Culinary School. i will be learning about cooking with Sustainable Fish, Mediterranean and French Bistro. i am so excited and cannot wait to share my experience with all of you! wish me luck.
image from my favorite food blog roost
i walked passed someone today who seemed a little lost in their thoughts. i proceeded to stop and ask what was on their mind and they turned to me and said “time, i cannot believe where time has gone” i smiled back and said, you took the words right out of my mouth.
i dropped tuition cheques off at sloane’s school this morning and took a very deep breath. how did i get here so fast. i can replay the moment she was brought home from the hospital. that cry, the dependency and her sweet baby smell. now, she is an independent little girl always concerned with making sure everyone is having fun.
i have realized lately that life will quickly move on without you if you do not embrace every day and live it to the fullest. so, my goal? find more time to make fun memories. this means travel more often, take time away from work and completely shut down. no more half vacations, checking my iphone every five minutes kind of stuff. it means, going where iphone service is, well let’s just say limited!
good friday morning friends! this weather is such a dream. i feel like the sun has completely transformed me and left a sweet hop in my step. today is day 2 of my 30 to 30 journey. my commitment on day 2 is to blog often and ┬áalways for the right reasons. i referenced a blog post here earlier this week. the thread of posts like this┬á( things i am afraid to tell you ) has been weaving through the blog world for the last few weeks. this post however resonated the most for me. i can identify with the struggle for time to post, the ability to always write and share images that are truly how you feel and what you want vs what readers or the blog world are dictating.
i am very excited to be attending blogpodium tomorrow. not only to learn but to meet so many people that i chat with in the social space but have yet to meet. if there is one thing that i personally believe is important, it is to network and always engage with others. I WILL NOT BECOME A BLOG SNOB. as much as i love reading leading blog sites, i struggle with the clique-esqe circle that ensues. i find too many top bloggers talk in a limited circle and do not engage with their readers, particularly through twitter.
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today marks a pretty special day for me. exactly 30 days from today, i officially leave my twenties. i have to be honest, it scares the hell out of me. i hear so many great things about your thirties but i feel like i have experienced so many amazing things in my twenties, i fear the next decade wont quite measure up. i think my other anxieties come from my innate desire to do more, be better and achieve my goals by a certain period of time. i have been coaching myself that everything comes in time, as long as i continue working hard, things will fall in to place.
with all of that said, i believe in the importance of setting goals and monitoring your progress. some times life will throw you tremendous opportunities. if you are so fortunate to have a door opened for you, embrace it. for the majority of the world, those doors don’t open themselves, you need to work your little tail off to create opportunity and success.
for the next 30 days, i have 30 things that i want to achieve. my hope? that when i blow out the candles on my birthday cake, i have an overwhelming sense of pride and accomplishment. most importantly? that i am happy!
so, for day 1 my goal is HEALTH i will run 3 times per week and continue to eat a gluten free, high vegetable diet. tomorrow i will be sharing my first step towards this goal which was my juice cleanse- stay tuned and i hope you will share in my journey to happiness in my thirties!