Two Weeks In

I’m not even going to attempt to justify my lack of success at sticking to my own goals. It is a personal failing that I desperately want to alter. I think I can do it too, but I need to do it slowly, bit by bit, instead of all at once.

I am succeeding at the meal planning – 3 weeks of planning 21 meals a week. It’s working more as we go along, which makes sense as we are gradually developing a new habit. It is definitely helping in the spending department; our almost daily    trips to the coop which invariably ended n a £15 – £30 spend (eek!) on top of our weekly shop, have ceased as I know exactly what we need to get for the whole week. Result! 

I’m also managing to sustain two daily practices which give me enormous comfort. One is a 365 photo challenge that my friend and I decided to start at the winter solstice. It’s got its own hashtag on instagram and quite a few other women have joined in. If you’re curious search out the tag #365awarealtars – it’s a very thought provoking gratitude practice. This is yesterday’s entry.

 

The other one is the crochet mood blanket – again it has its own hashtag on IG #crochetmoodblanket2014. It’s no wonder this brilliant idea went viral as it’s very gratifying to create a square in a wool that matches your mood. I’m really looking forward to seeing if there are any clear mood patterns that develop! I create my square every night just before I go bed, and it is very soothing – I can hook the days frustrations and joys into each stitch, and by the time I’m done (generally 10-15 mins) I find I can settle down to sleep with a clear mind. This is nothing short of miraculous as my brain works overtime particularly at night.

I’ve mantasty lip balmaged to put up 4, i think it is, new recipes so far this year, including a super simple but very tasty lip balm, which I’m very pleased with. I need to do some site organisation in the next week or two, which frankly excites me as much as the idea of a root canal! No doubt I will procrastinate and find excuses not to do it, but it will get written on my trusty white board from whence it will quietly nag me every day until it get’s done!

We also managed a bit of a mini adventure at the weekend, and have promised ourselves we will make sure to have a least one adventure a month, which I hope will help to calm my itchy feet. I had fun playing around with some photos I took too, and it’s made me want to get my proper camera out to play again. 

 

So that’s about it for this week,I hope that the next time I blog I will be able to celebrate some more successes in the time and life management department.

I’d love to hear how you organise yourself – hunts and top tips in the comments box would be fab. 

New Beginnings

Well, here we are in 2014!

I don’t know about you, but for us 2013 whizzed by in a flash! Even my 10 year old can’t believe how quickly it went by, so it can’t just be a phenomenon of the aging process!

Looking back on the year, I’m staggered by how much I achieved – given I have always been notoriously bad at sticking with things, the fact that my website has grown as it has is nothing short of miraculous! Having created 2 e recipe books to boot, well, it blows my mind to be honest!

My cooking abilities have definitely improved these past months, and I have plans to move further beyond my comfort zone in the kitchen in the coming months. 

I have lots of plans for 2014, many of which hinge on getting to grips with the issues I have around organisation. I will be blogging on a weekly basis, and adding 1 – 2 new recipes to the site each week. I think these are realistic plans, though with my waxing and waning enthusiasm they are also reasonably challenging! As part of this drive to become more organised, we are using weekly meal plans, something I find VERY difficult to stick with.  So far though, forcing myself to stick to them is making life much easier, and is freeing up more time. Once we get properly into the swing of things it should also help to save some pennies too. I intend to dedicate a section of the website to meal planning, with links to the recipes of course, and eventually shopping lists. 

I realise that I am very lucky to have plenty of time to spend cooking, but many of you have very tight schedules that don’t afford the luxury of hours in the kitchen, so I want to be able to offer quick, healthy, easy to prepare meals that will keep families happy! A tall order perhaps, but I feel passionate about healthy home cooking, and want to help more people to be able to switch to healthier food choices without feeling deprived or stressed. 

My son loves to cook and wants to have some input in the website, so we will be starting a section for paleo kids. Not quite sure how that will pan out yet, but he’s very excited about the idea, so watch this space. 

I will be creating some more e-books this year, content still to be decided. I plan on getting them onto kindle too, which is quite an exciting prospect. I have spotted a few typos in my festive feast book, so those will be getting edited in the next month, and I will of course send out updated versions to everyone who has bought a copy.

A whole 30 is on the cards at some point, but I’m not committing to a date as yet, I don’t want to set myself up for another fail by being over zealous in my commitments!

In non food related news… I am a Desire Map book club organiser and have started a virtual book club over here, do come along and join us, we will be kicking off on January 7th. If you haven’t heard of The Desire Map, it’s a refreshing way of working to create the life you want based on your core desired feelings. This is a programme that, along with the amazing life and biz workbook from Leonie Dawson, has totally changed my life for the better. I used a couple of other programmes in 2013 that had a huge impact on my motivation too – the 100 day challenge is what got me to publish 2 ebooks in the space of a month – but the Desire Map and the workbook were the things that really gave me a kick up the arse and will keep me moving and motivated in 2014.

I’ll leave you with a picture of my last creation of 2013 – a paleo advocaat! It was pretty damn good with a splash of lime juice and (not paleo) lemonade for a dairy free snowball! Snowballs are compulsory new years drinking in this house, and the more Del Boy they look the better 😉

A classy welcome to 2014 with a paleo ish snowball!

 

What plans do you have for 2014? Do you use any particular systems to keep you on track? I’d love to hear from you with any top tips or suggestions!

Well, that wraps it up for today, wishing you and yours a fabulous 2014, looking forward to serving you this coming year.

Much love

Pru & family xx