It’s almost the end of the first week of January. And, although I do not want to put a lot of pressure on myself so soon, it is a week that begins to set the tone, the momentum for achieving intentions and goals.
It is the week of reflecting on the past year, measuring what I did accomplish and what I may have let slide away.
Sometimes though, what we slide away from does not mean we did not achieve the goal. It just means our values may be higher elsewhere.
For example, my goal in the Fitness category was to work out at my local gym twice per week. I did not achieve this. Yet, in my Family category I surpassed my goal of spending more time with my grandchildren by taking my granddaughter skating more than I planned.
An achievement I say! And time with my children and grandchildren is high on my value list.
So this year I readjusted goals in other areas to make sure I have set myself up for success achieving my Family and Fitness goals.
I can never say enough of how important it is to focus on what we have achieved. This sets us in a mindset of success, and even HOPE, as we keep moving toward our dreams one step at a time.
I believe too, that our environment is important to our creativity.
I love Words. I have pictures of words, plaques with phrases and quotes, and biblical scripture stencils on the walls of my home. They inspire me.
One of my goals over the Christmas holidays was to organize my pantry and hall closet. Browsing through Home Sense, I picked up clear plastic organizers and then I saw these:
I love these wooden boxes with phrases. I also bought one for my hall closet.
So, if organizing just seems like too big of a goal, maybe you could find something that reflects who you are to make it more of a project of happiness for you?
In 2015, two of my favourite reads on living were the The Happiness Project and Better Than Before, both by Gretchen Rubin. Writing in a style that feels like you are having a conversation over coffee, Rubin explores how to create happiness and habits your way. She includes quizzes that reveal your habit personality style. You can find out more and download for free worksheets and information from her WEBSITE
My intention this week: I am a creative woman.
One of my thankful moments:
A walk in nature and later, playing in Photo Shop. ( One of my goals is to do 100 hours of photo editing in 2016. Why 100 hours? You can read more HERE at The Modern Day Mrs. Darcy)
Along with organizing my pantry and closet, another success this week was making the first recipe (and by first, I mean the first in the book with a plan to make each one from start to finish) from my brother and sister ‘n law’s new cookbook. This self-published gem is a gathering of recipes from family and neighbours who cooked as well as did other neighbourly activities helping my brother and sister ‘n law while they both battled cancer.
These muffins were also to have dates, however I did forget to purchase those at the grocery store. But they were still exceptionally yummy! Next time they will have the dates! (recipe below)
And one of my joyful moments this week:
Sharing a moment with wild horses near Sundre, Alberta. Are they not beautiful?
I would love to know:
What is your intention this week?
What are you thankful for?
What were your successes?
And what was one joyful moment?
May your week be full of beautiful moments!
Banana, Date and Pecan Muffins
Preheat oven to 350. In large bowl combine:
2 cups all purpose flour (I like to substitute 1/2 cup for oat flour) 1 cup white sugar, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 3/4 tsp baking powder, 1/2tsp salt 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oat.
In separate bowl combine:
2 large eggs, 3/4 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 2 tbsp unsalted butter melted, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 1/4 cup ripe bananas (about 3)
Combine wet ingredients into dry ingredients and then fold in 3/4 cup pecan halves and 3/4 cup dates, chopped.
Spoon batter into greased or lined muffin tins. (I line muffin cups with parchment cupcake liners). Bake 18-20 minutes.