These last few weeks/months I've been stressed beyond reason and my schedule is overbooked. During this crazy time, I saw an article that said something about being too busy but wearing our busyness like a badge of honor. Mind you, I didn't have time to read the article besides the title and don't remember where it is so I can't share it with you. Whoever wrote the article was speaking to me but I was too busy to even be spoken to. Busyness doesn't earn us brownie points for being busier than those around us. Sometimes we treat it like a status symbol. Well, I have definitely fallen into the busyness trap and am stressed to the max because of it. I will be honest and say that my busyness has made me a crabby mom, a nagging wife, and more prone to eat for comfort.
So in my efforts to chill out, I've reevaluated my priorities which includes my blog. I've been trying to make these extraordinary meals that look and taste awesome. In the meantime my family has been left on the sidelines of my life.
I think the tipping point was this last week when my toddler said, "Yuck!" for the first time to the food I made. I didn't even know he knew that word.
I realized I lost sight of who I was actually cooking for. Then it dawned on me that if I'm stressed about making these complex and unique meals, then so is everyone else who reads my blog. BLAH!!! That being said, I still enjoy cooking but I'm cutting back my culinary explorations to once a week. The rest of the week is either baked, steamed or pan fried something, in one pot/pan. I'm rebelling against the mountain of dishes and unhappy children who are just as willing to eat steamed broccoli as they are to eat broccoli soufflé. (If you don't know what that is, don't waste your time or your energy unless someone else is cooking for you).
It may not look pretty or be perfectly garnished with 5 photos posted on Pinterest, or Facebook but it tastes good and it's healthy and that's what matters in the end.
So if you're stressed and overbooked like I have been, then it's time to reevaluate your priorities too. Take care of the things that are most important to you.
- Are you stressed and over scheduled?
- Are you so focused on quantity of activities that you've sacrificed quality results and relationships?
- What can you do to simplify your life or your food?