It takes place about this time every year. The heaviness is taking root and I start to feel that life is more of a chore versus one of joy. This winter has generally been better on many fronts but I am totally uninspired (and if I am totally honest, a bit resentful) when it comes to planning, shopping for, and preparing meals.
I envy women who love to cook. Although, I spend a lot of time and energy to make sure my family eats well, I definitely do not fall into this category. I have to really, really work hard at staying in a positive mindset when it comes to this responsibility. Unfortunately, the date on the calendar and the lack of sunshine can influence how I much energy I have in doing things I don't love. I am so much more energized and creative in the spring and summer.
Do you get the winter doldrums? Are you feeling stuck in any area of your life? If so, here are a few techniques to gain some traction. Although, I will outline these ideas using my current “food” issue, please know that these work in any and all areas of your life. Whether it is work, a relationship, health, your hairstyle, you name it. If you are stuck, these will work!
- Look for inspiration wherever you go. On a recent trip to Florida, we stayed with Aunt Barb and Uncle Stan. Aunt Barb is an amazing cook and she makes it look so easy. You better bet that I was at the kitchen counter watching every move she made while making homemade meatballs and sauce. I was soaking up the details, the techniques, and questioning everything.
- Change it up. A super great way to get out of a rut is to try something new. Jason loves to have hard boiled eggs on hand for a convenient way to get some protein. While in Florida, I learned a new way to prepare hard boiled eggs that are perfectly cooked, and most importantly, easy to peel. You don’t boil them, you steam them. Here is how.
- Give yourself some grace and find support. Sometimes, it is more effective to supplement your efforts. In my case, I have recently subscribed to a raw food meal plan called the Raw Trainer. Raw Trainer delivers prepared, healthy, all fresh meals to Yoga Bliss once a week. I just received my first delivery so I am not sure how it is going to work for us, but I do know that it will provide me with a few meals this week so I don’t have to shop and cook every night. It is more expensive than if I prepared all of the food myself, but cost less than going out to eat and is way healthier. While I won’t do this forever, it’s a great way to manage this lull. I am willing to spend money on services like meal prep, house cleaning, yoga workshops, personal coaching that supports a better life experience for me and my family. It means that I buy less stuff like clothes, shoes, handbags, and other household clutter.
- Go back to “why”. A few years ago, I watched a Ted Talk by Simon Sinek that has forever changed the way I approach anything and everything that I do. Simon simply said that by understanding the “why” behind what we do can inspire us into action and sustain us when the going gets tough. My “why” for the energy and effort around meal prep is that I want my family to be nourished and to feel loved. It would be so much easier to make a box of Mac and Cheese (which Kylie loves) or to eat out (which I love) but would not accomplish my "why".
- Find some gratitude. Just recognizing the profound blessing in your situation is so powerful. When I complain that I HAVE to go to the grocery store, I remind myself that I GET to go to the grocery. We have so much fresh food readily available and I am financially able to buy what what we need. I am very aware that is not the case for everyone. If you are reading this email, it is likely you are as blessed as I am.
When you begin to feel that any part of your life is a grind, use these techniques to find ease, grace and to return to your power.
Speaking of women who embrace cooking...
Check out this blog called "Emailing with my Girlfriends" by Michelle Dickstein. I read her most recent blog and learned how much she loves being in the kitchen. Michelle is a working mother of 3 young girls and is a great resource for wisdom and inspiration for living your happiest life ever.