It’s probably a resolution but I’m not going to call it that

Saturday mornings

It’s probably a resolution but I’m not going to call it that. I am rediscovering that cooking is actually something that calms me. It’s something that I find relaxing, and can use it as a method of stress relief. Cooking has always been this way, for me. Somehow, through the stress and anxiety (amongst other things, mostly excuses), I got away from cooking.

So, I’m going to work my way back to it. My approach is that not every meal has to be a complicated recipe. It can be as simple as roasted veggies and rice. It’s the act of food prep that I find comforting, relaxing, stress relieving.

One of the keys to doing this is, like most things in life, good planning. I need to work on my meal planning, as that is something I’m really poor at. I think with a plan in place, and the ingredients in stock, I’ll set myself up for establishing a good routine for our (healthy) meals.

Five things for the week

  1. The “SWTLO Weekly” experiment has ended. I wasn’t sold on the format and delivery of it. I still am working towards starting a newsletter for 2018. I just need to work on the formatting of it all.
  2. We… no, I. I have to become more comfortable with change. I want it. I seek it. I’m just not as comfortable with it as I would like to be.
  3. I’m starting to use the iPad Pro more and more as an all around device. This is to say that I am seeing where it fits into my workflows, and am slowly adapting things to accommodate it (not for the sake of accommodating, more for the sake of convenience).
  4. Write, read, photograph = more.
  5. I’m slowly working my way to replying with actual sentences on social media (in addition to liking or favoriting). It’s all in my effort to just converse more. Less passive, more active.

My tools need to leave harbor

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.

~ John A. Shedd

I have the physical tools. Plenty of them. They’re pretty, very well designed. They’re extremely functional, more than those that I first learned my skills with. I keep them clean, I keep their software updated, I keep them in safe places.

They don’t look used at all.

I have the physical tools. I need to put them to use. There need to leave the harbor.