Taking a break this Memorial Day from our regularly scheduled blog topics to remember the good people who paid the ultimate price while serving in our beautiful country’s armed forces.
Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.
So my friend Nicole, who is one of the most lovely people on the planet, started a project about a month back called The 100 Days Project. In her’s shes taking 10 minutes a day to sit still with her thoughts, you can find her progress via Instagram hashtag #stillingnik. I missed the cutoff for this but hey, I am a rebel and I do what I want. I thought long and hard about this because in 100 days you develop a new habit so I wanted to make it a good one. Something that would clear my heart and soul and bring me joy. Additionally something fun enough that I’d look forward to all day long and I came up with 100 Days of Reading!
Tomorrow night people with gather with large groups of friends, maybe strangers in time square, perhaps curled on the couch with loved ones or alone and reflect on this past year and where they want their 2017 to go. Some will make loose promises to be better to themselves and others. Some will make detailed, well documented lists of all the things they intend to do this year and why. Some will boycott the idea of resolutions entirely.
Me? Around September of this year, after about a year of raising a brand new human and focusing very little on myself and the goals I wanted to accomplish, I sat down and wrote out a 101 things to do in 1001 days list with the things I most wanted to accomplish both big and small. It spans from the BIG – writing a cookbook (even if I publish it myself and Chichi and Steph are the only ones who buy copies) all the way to the small – go on a picnic. Each item on my list is a loosely defined item that I felt would bring me growth, happiness or success in the 1001 days to follow. I gave myself permission to change items that, over time, no longer jived with my personal mission and goals. Because lets be real, this is life. Things are bound to change and move and shift. With 902 days to go I’ve checked off 10% of my goals including visiting the Big E, making a childrens book for the kids and hosting a Friendsgiving.
I’ve still got several to go like completing a 365 day photo challenge (starting January 1 2017) and an End of Summer Lobster Party but the opportunities and options all give me immense happiness thinking of them and an huge amount of hope. Something I feel 2016 as a whole had lacked on a broad scale. I evaluate them weekly and decide what to focus on this week and what might come next. Each time I read it I feel excited for the pending adventures, fun, service and growth. I won’t be making any new resolutions come January 1, I’ll just be refocusing on my goals after a brief holiday break spent with family and friends.
As you go into this season of resolutions, should you choose to do so, my wish for you is to make some that make you feel good in your bones and to remember that growth is a fluid thing. It doesn’t always start and finish on January 1st, sometimes it starts on a random Thursday evening in September. But most importantly I hope that for all of us this 2017 is AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGG!
Happy New Year from my family at The Allen Table to yours <3
As we ease our way into this holiday weekend I wanted to take today to say thank you for spending your time with me this year. It’s been an amazing year of ups and downs for us all and I am grateful for all of you. Thank you for visiting this little blog however often I post to read and comment and talk to me about your favorite things. I am thankful for each and every one of you.
I hope your weekend is filled with food and family and so much laughter that your sides hurt. I hope its filled with your favorite holiday movies snuggled around a fire and so much smiling that your cheeks ache.
From my family at The Allen Table to you, we’re wishing you the Happiest of Holidays and Merriest of Christmases. <3
See you for regularly scheduled programming tomorrow! Spoiler alert, we’re making a fun and funky salad!
Some days you’re supposed to be posting a Meal Prep Monday post and you don’t have your shit together. Some days someone mentions how hard it must be to meal prep. How hard it must be to cook so that we can eat like we eat every night. I agree. We don’t even eat like we eat every night. We obviously eat the things I post but they for sure aren’t had every night. Some nights its nutella tacos and fruit. Some nights its Wendy’s. Some nights it’s beautiful steak kabobs with all the sides. Take a photo, post it to Instagram.
Some days my family eats easily prepared meals that are picture perfect and taste amazing. Some days we’re eating takeout and bargaining with Logan for bites. If you have 3 more bites of chicken you can have something sweet after dinner. You can have a popsicle if you just eat some pasta, for the love of Moses. Please, just eat something of value. Some days its grilled chicken that everyone loves and eats every bite. Some days are better than others.
Some days you you sit with your kids and make a fun painting project and they have a great time. Take a photo, post it to Instagram. Some days you lose your patience with your kids more than you’d like to admit and you go to bed feeling like you let them down. Some days you fee like you let yourself down. Some days you feel like you let the world down.
Some days I get wrapped up in the beauty of some people’s Instagram feeds, Facebook feeds, the faces we present to the world. Some days I let their carefully curated visions they present the world get me down. Looking inward, my hair is a mess. I should start wearing makeup. Who can afford Patagonia jackets for 3 growing kids? Some days I remind myself that this isnt real life. These are the visions the authors choose to present to the world, they are not a reflection of reality. Some days are better than others.
Some days you sit to write a replacement for a meal prep monday post that didn’t end up getting written because sometimes life gets messy. You prepped but kept zero track of what went down thru the week. You used little of what you prepped and ended up winging it most of the week. Some days that happens to us all. We do our best and hope its enough. Please, Lord, let it be enough for our families, our kids, ourselves. I mostly wanted to remind y’all that we all have these days, even me. None of us have it together as much or as little as people think we do. We’re all cruising along doing our best and I just wanted to remind us that it is enough. We’re all enough.
Now that the school year is over, I’ve been thinking about what I want to do with our summer. Last year I was uncomfortably pregnant and I spent most of the summer exhausted, near an air conditioner and trying not to move. This year is full of opportunity and making up for lost time. So I planned out our quick Summer Bucket List!
Now I’m not talking incredibly expensive outings or extremely rigidly planned events. No, they are kids. I fully believe that for the most of their summer they should spend it simply being kids, playing in the sunshine and splashing in the nearest watery spot. Thats also not to say these are the only things I plan on doing, surely there are other things we will do and explore like instituting a FARMERS MARKET SATURDAY perhaps. But these are the big ones we’ve been talking about that I want to make sure we try to fit in.
1. Take a lazy week off and play/adventure/not pick up an electronic device other than to take photos!
2. Visit Tannery Falls with the kids, a favorite from my childhood.
3. Go to the beach, pick up seashells and have a picnic.
4. Visit Berkshire Botanical Gardens and run around the grounds
5. Tie Dye ALL THE THINGS.
6. Play hooky one day and go on an adventure, location TBD.
7. Have a picnic on top of Mt. Greylock
8. Pick Strawberries & Blueberries (one of our favorites every year)
9. Explore Becket Quarry
10. See some fireworks!
11. Make rock-cactus pots. Logan is gonna love this project!
12. Make a star wars terrarium.
13. Plant a garden
14. Go to the New England Food Truck Festival
15. Make amazing treats and bring them to our friends.
I can’t wait to get started! Do you have a summer bucket list? I’d love to hear all your great ideas. Share them in the comments!