Anxiety & Food

I don’t have words of wisdom this week.  Just an open & honest admission that as much as I like to think I’ve got it together, I don’t always.  It’s been an emotional couple weeks.  There has been some really exciting thing happening, and some really kinda scary thing happening.  With that, comes quite a […]

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Stop Hating Your Kitchen (and cooking)

Looking back at a young, naive self, I wish I could have imparted some wisdom. When I got my first apartment & needed kitchen “things” and a couple years later when I got married & we registered for “kitchen crap” (as my husband likes to call it), there are things I never would have registered for or purchased. Over time, I realized that I felt a significant amount of frustration & impatience I would feel when it came to tedium in the kitchen. After owning & using certain items, I slowly started to hate them. And then I started making a list of all the things I hate about “kitchen crap” and I decided I wanted to essentially push the easy button on my kitchen. Over time, I’ve been either getting rid of things completely (donating), replacing, and (in rare cases) adding some pretty cool stuff to my kitchen that legitimately makes my life easier.

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Why we fear personal change

Change is difficult enough. Trying to make a new good habit or break and hold bad habit. It just throws your whole day, week, or even months for a loop until that change becomes your new normal. And then you add in the people around you. In theory, if you’re making a personal change it should have no bearing on other people. It’s not like you’re making them change too. But it’s never quite that simple is it? And there’s always a lot of fear that comes with change because of the potential for icky, messy, roadblocks that affect your relationships.

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Success = Planning Ahead (even if things don’t go 100% according to that plan)

There was a period of time where I just didn’t bother to plan my week. It just seemed so overwhelming and no matter what happened, there would always be multiple days where things completely threw my plan for a loop. I would then end up so wrapped up in the fact that I wasn’t perfect that I’d be more or less an emotional mess. Then I read an article about how successful people offer themselves forgiveness. And I took a slightly different approach to planning my week.

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You Become Who You Follow

Where you check in (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) influences your day & your decisions. And who you choose to follow and allow in those feeds has an even bigger influence. Most people know about how to unfriend someone or remove them from your newsfeed. But, how many people intentionally manage their feeds and add people and/or public figures who will challenge them to learn something new or provide encouragement?

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Blame (and change) your dinner plates

I’m sure we’ve all heard the adage before: “your dinner plates are the same size as your grandmother’s serving platters.” But how much has that concept really sunk in? How have we applied that concept to other areas of our lives? It’s one thing to think about the size of our plates. It’s another thing to completely reconsider how various aspects of our life such as our route home from work, the organization of our house or even the size of our plates can help us be successful or make things even more difficult for us.

In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor refers to one of these ideas as the 20 second rule. He talks about taking the batteries out of his TV remote & putting them in his bedroom so he has to walk into the bedroom, get the batteries, and put them in the remote so he can watch TV. Most days, it was enough to keep him from turning on the TV. Some days, when he really wanted to watch, he walked his butt into his bedroom & got the stupid batteries (and yes, I’m sure that was his internal dialogue).

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