Saturday, January 2, 2010

Focus....No, Really Focus!

Take a moment to focus on what it is you really want out of life. Can you do it? Can you make a list? How many of the things on your list do you already have? How many things are you close to having? And how many are really far out far, that people would think you were crazy? I would like to tell you that I am going to share my list with you. But I can't. I haven't been able to focus long enough to make one. I will tell you that I am working on focusing long enough to make a list. Maybe you could say that is my New Years Resolution. To make a list of all the things I really want out of life. I didn't throw that out in the air at it too late to claim that as my resolution? What were your resolutions? I would love to know.
I will update you on the progress of my two "pet" projects. And I will tell you that one of the reasons I decided to blog about them is because my husband doubts my ability to "follow through" with them. He seems to be living in some sort of denial by thinking that just because a person has a great idea, they have to do it forever. I don't believe that. I happen to think that sometimes people (me especially) have great ideas that just aren't practical for the long haul. If this has happened to you, I forgive you, I won't hold it against you! Maybe I should start a 12 step program for it.
So as for my "simple times" project. I had to have a deep discussion with the hubs about this project after he mistakenly thought I meant I was going to clean and organize the house so that things would be "simpler". Ugh, how did I go wrong? No, it is about doing things the old fashioned from scratch, planting a garden, making gifts, he is on board. Well, kinda. He still doesn't think I will follow through! So far, I have set out to learn how to garden and preserve, and I have made some big decisions. For instance, this year my garden will be constructed of raised beds. This means I am currently taken donations of wood. I learned from my neighbor who successfully gardens every year, that we have bad soil in our neighborhood--good to know! And I have made 5 recipes from my Pioneer Woman cookbook. You can find her link in my first blog post. The food has been wonderful and I have only had a few setbacks. I have made Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Chili, Potato Skins, Sour Cream Pancakes and Eggs In The Hole (which were so good, I am thinking about making one right now). This side of my path is the side that will make me fatter for sure! YUM I love to eat!
Next, is my Love Dare project. This project has been interesting. The Day Four challenge was to contact the hubs and ask him how he was, how his day was going, was there anything I could do for him....he was at home with me all day. So, I asked him throughout the day those questions and he would usually smirk at me. The Day Five challenge was to focus on my rudeness. To ask him if there is anything he finds rude or unbecoming of me when we are alone or around others. He wisely said "no". Just kidding, I was prepared to hear something...but he might come up with something later. Today is Day Six and the challenge is to react to challenges in my marriage with loving ways instead of irritation. Okay, this was easy because the hubs woke me up by saying he was going to Walmart to purchase diapers for the tot for me....just because he knew I needed them and he wouldn't be home to help for a few days. What a great hubs I have!!!! Is it possible that my attitude is rubbing off on him?
Well, as it goes life is tumbling into the New Year fast and furiously...I am braced and ready to tackle everything head on! I hope that you are enjoying my adventures and welcome hearing from you. Now onto making that Egg In The Hole.....

1 comment:

  1. Hello! I'm happy to find your blog from tasty kitchen! a few things... first off, I have some major follow through issues! My husband is constantly on me.. ha! It is something I really want to work on this year. Part of it is that I have too many projects and ideas.. so I need to simplify that!
    second... I've only made one thing so far from the pw cookbook, (hot artichoke dip), but I've made several things from the blog. Oh. My. Word!
    lastly... I have the love dare book.. but thats one of my many "projects, or want-to's".. so maybe we'll start tomorrow!
    Hope you're having a great Sunday!