Everyone goes through a time when they feel like they can’t do anything right. Right? I recently had a spell where I felt like I was failing at everything. Literally everything. I even made a mental list of all the things I was screwing up so I could rattle it off to my husband when he tried to cheer me up. If you have a list it proves your point after all and I was determined to feel badly about myself.
And then I decided that that was BS. At that point it was time for me to make a different list — a list of things I am good at. Here is what I came up with:
- making lists
- eating cookies
- walking around my neighborhood
- writing database queries
- choosing ingredients for unusual and delicious salads
- telling my kids I love them
- taking photos
- untying tricky knots
- ordering the best dish on the menu at restaurants
- Scrabble, Boggle and other word games
- being outraged on my friends’ behalf
- playing in the swimming pool
- researching for vacations
- cooking pancakes
- proofreading writing that is not my own
- cheering people on
- singing in a fake operatic voice
- pinning things to Pinterest
- giving people the benefit of the doubt
- packing lunches
- driving a little over the speed limit but not so much that I get a ticket
- drawing cartoon-y unicorns and pigs
- drinking tea
- wrapping presents
- checking Facebook
- making cute things out of paper
- making my bed every day
- decorating the Christmas tree
- giving my children unsolicited advice
- falling asleep
- staying calm when someone is hurt
- taking care of babies
- using Photoshop
- remembering all the things we need from the grocery store
What are you good at?
Last night I was feeling stressed out about the very busy week I am going to have and I asked myself, “What can I do now to make things go more smoothly?” Folding laundry probably should have been highest on my list based on the HOURS I’ve spent digging in the clean laundry pile for pants for my kids, but instead I went into the kitchen and started prepping food for the week.
Basically, I just started chopping and boiling and roasting and once I had one thing going on the stove, I started on something else. And in between I emptied the dishwasher, refilled it, ran it, washed pots and pans and made sure all the counters were clean. Phwew! I also pulled a few items out of the freezer to defrost for lunches and dinner tonight — something I always forget to do in advance.
Once I was done, I had:
- two quarts of cold-brewed darjeeling iced tea
- several cups of cooked farro — my favorite whole grain
- roasted butternut squash
- a few hard-boiled eggs — I normally would do more, but this was the last of the carton
- trimmed radishes — all the raw veggies we had
- a dozen blueberry muffins — we ate some for breakfast this morning before I took this photo
- Not pictured: a batch of chocolate pudding – we ate some of it last night and I put some of it in lunch boxes for today
You can see the radishes and pudding in action on Wyatt’s lunch box. I just poured it right into the Yumbox tray and put it directly into the fridge.
I was pretty pleased with myself because all of these were just things we had on hand — no special trip to the store, no pre-planning. And I just finished eating a healthy lunch made with some of these items:
I mixed a big scoop of farro, another big scoop of squash and some edamame salad from Costco together and drizzled on a simple vinaigrette. So tasty! I had a big glass of iced tea too.
In other news, I bought an Instant Pot this weekend and it’s supposed to arrive today. I’m so excited!