Balancing My Life—Food and Focus (Part 3 of 3)
“Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.” Thomas Kinkade
Balancing food and focus
(Part 3 of a 3 part series)
I love to eat food that tastes great. And I love it when I make something that my family loves and raves about. But trying to figure out the daily question of “what’s for dinner?” sometimes makes me crazy. My family is also made up of picky eaters so not just anything will do… What’s a busy wife and mom to do?
I heard once that as women it’s not that we’re too tired to cook dinner, it’s that we’re too tired to figure out WHAT to cook for dinner each night. So true! I’d add that even if we know what we’d like to cook, if it’s too complicated or time-consuming by the time we roll in after work, it doesn’t really get done either.
I don’t necessarily love to cook, but I do love to eat home-cooked meals. And though I’m so fortunate that my husband never expects me to handle or make elaborate meals, I do take pride in and want to cook dinners for my family that taste great and are at least relatively healthy most of the time.
I’ve learned the hard way what doesn’t work, but I also have some great tips to share about what does. For me, a small amount of planning and prep on the weekends makes all the difference. It also helps to give myself permission to sometimes mix in super-simple meals that are straight from the freezer to the oven/microwave to the table—like fish sticks and French fries or mac and cheese with hot dogs or pre-cooked chicken. Peanut butter and jelly could work too, or eggs and cereal…
Hey, don’t judge, right? I’d love to feed my family all cooked-from-scratch organic ingredient meals, but this is the real world where I’m busy and have to balance healthy with realistic (and my financial budget). So this is where I’ll be coming from with my focus and tips. I do cook—just not every day. I give myself permission to not be supermom, and you can too.
So we come to the end of our six core topics—Focus. Again, this one is my “wild card” because what I need to focus on in this category may be totally different than what you do. It’s all about staying positive, energetic, and motivated, then identifying the other critical areas of life that are important and working towards those goals and dreams.
Until recently, I lead a team of employees at a tech company that range from entry-level to senior level salespeople to relationship manages to tech analysts and behind-the-scenes support personnel. I can honestly say, they are simply amazing! They impress and encourage me every day with their focus, persistence, dedication, and success.
So I owe it to them to be the best leader and manager I can be. (Update–I’m no longer with that team. Details to follow in another post, but leadership and being the best for others is still a critical focus category for me.)
I also have dreams of owning my own businesses and income sources one day (yes businesses with an “s” as in more than one). So I study how to be a good entrepreneur to determine what I can do on the side of my super-busy day job to use my talents to the fullest, to serve others and provide income for my family. This My Daily Ten venture is a major step in that direction for me—and though I’m just starting out and don’t yet have products or services to sell, I will one day. If I can help solve problems, decrease overwhelm, and provide convenience to others that’s a win-win for all.
Find and follow your dreams
What are your core dreams and focus areas? I hope as we take this journey together you’ll share them with me. Some of my friends are also starting businesses. Others want nothing to do with that, but focus on non-profit ventures. Others home school their kids and want to be simply stellar teachers. Some are artists and craftsmen (and craftswomen) creating beautiful and meaningful treasures for those around them. Some really want to be a better mom, some want to find a way to buy or create the house of their dreams, and some want to travel and enjoy life with friends and family.
What are your dreams? Have you thought of them lately? Have you dismissed them as unimportant or unachievable?
Psalm 37:4 says “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” This is a critically important promise in the Bible, from God to us. He made us each with unique talents and abilities, to serve Him, serve others, and live our best, most fulfilling, most balanced life.
If you’re like me, you don’t always know what your best talents are, what you should focus on, or how to live your best possible life. That’s OK. By taking time to refocus on our goals and dreams, instead of just living our busy life, we can re-center ourselves and make sure we’re moving forward in the right direction.
Are you ready to dive into this journey with me? Please do. 10 minutes per day = 1 hour per week, = 4 hours per month, = 12 hours in 12 weeks, and so on. 10 minutes is easy, and not overwhelming. Let’s commit the time, be consistent, and see what amazing things happen.
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