Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Try A New Recipe/Gluten Free Baking/Mommy & Me time

The other afternoon I was looking for something for SJ & I to do together that wouldn't require a huge investment of time/energy/cleanup. Girl has a short attention span (she's only 3) but she loves to cook. I've been wanting to try to make a childhood favorite of mine...No-Bake Cookies. Since I had all the ingredients on hand, including Gluten Free Oatmeal, I decided today was the day! After reading the reviews very carefully, we scooped & measured our ingredients, put them in the pan & stirred. Sweet girl was so excited when Mama told her that yes, in fact, she could lick the spoon for this treat (a big no-no for me when we are baking with eggs). About 20 minutes later we had solid chocholatey oatmeal goodness.

Several things learned: sometimes GF baking doesn't even have to require big substitutions or being overwhelmed, I want to include my kids in cooking activities as much as possible to help them know from a young age that they are capable of making their own food, when I make delicious GF goodies, I will want to eat them...and I possess little power against the pull of a No-Bake Cookie. :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Take a Writing Class

Tonight I started in a class at the community college called "Write Yourself." I decided to take this class in particular after Matthew died...I liked the idea of self-exploration and the topics seemed ambiguous enough that I might learn some things I was interested in without having to make myself feel badly by trying to write some kind of fiction. As I sat in the class, I felt like I just might be on an episode of Community. But, as things progressed, I really liked the instructor and it was interesting to be led in a couple writing exercises. She asked us to read out loud what we wrote...I was unprepared for that, but I got brave and read. No one laughed. (Whew). I think this item will be good for the journey.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Practice Yoga on the Beach

I spent last week in Holden Beach, NC with my family & several friends & their families. It was our 5th annual trip together & it is always such fun. One of my list items was to practice yoga on the beach. I got to do so several times...under the stars & in the morning sun, alone & with friends.

I learned several things during this practice: 1) It is much harder to balance on sand. While I enjoyed this challenge, it also made me think of Matthew 7:24-27. 2) It is really cool to listen to the actual ocean while practicing Ujjayi breath. 3) Teaching yoga & practicing it are two very different experiences...both good, just very different. I need both. 4) Beach yoga gets you and your mat very sandy. :) But it is totally worth it.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

List, Modified

This week, I read a book by Kristin Armstrong called Work in Progress. I'll post another review of the book soon, but it has gotten me thinking about my list here and what I'm trying to accomplish. This list, as the blog name suggests, is about helping me to live in such a way that I am intentional about my actions, having fun, living fully and freely, with authenticity toward myself, others, and before my God.

There was an item on my list that was put there out of obligation, guilt and duty. And while it ought to have been a relatively easy one to begin to accomplish...it wasn't. Each time I planned a way to begin this task, I found myself waffling. I couldn't make myself do it.

And then the other day it dawned on me--if I can't make myself do it, that means I don't really want to. Telling a good story is not about me telling you how I forced myself into some activity through obligation, self-abuse, or pretense. And because the item involved another person, it ultimately would have been disingenuous and dishonoring to that person had I forced myself to "check it off."

So, I have a new goal listed: to spend at least 15 minutes outdoors on most days. Aaahhh. I'm breathing easier already.