What's on tap for your Saturday or your weekend? Are you getting a workout in? Challenging yourself one day? Trying something new?
Whatever it is I know and you know it will be worth it! Go ahead and go for it.
I say this because it's all hard work. I have always believed there is no such thing as luck = it's all about hard work!
I've done a lot this week, really pushed myself and I'm really sore. I'm hoping you find a way to push yourself, too. Getting out of your comfort zone is how we grow - and that's physical, mental, emotional and spiritual! Just know it WILL be worth it!
Have fun this weekend!
And, by the way, my oldest son turns 16 tomorrow. How did that happen? I might get a little sad thinking about it. . .
What challenges you? What's out there you want to try?
This year I have decided NOT to make Resolutions. I have decided to be INSPIRED in 2012. I have been inspired to train for an event since it's been a while since I have done that. I have been inspired to live more Simply; in my home, my habits, and mostly in my kitchen. This inspiration came from reading a book I was given for Christmas. It is "A Year in the Village of Eternity" by Tracy Lawson. The author writes about her time living in the Italian village of Campodimele where members of this community lead extraordinarily long lives while continuing to stay active, healthy and well into their very last years (and long years it is!) The book focuses on the diet, lifestyle and eating habits of these people. She lives with them, watches them, and participates as they herd cattle, raise grapes, make sausage, cheese and olive oil, living off of their land well into their eighties. Their diet is basically a Mediterranean diet, full of fresh, simple food made with few, simple ingredients. This village has learned the art of living long and well.
I grew up getting up at the crack of dawn during the summers to go to the garden to pick vegetables. We would then spend the day preparing the vegetables for that night's supper, freezing or canning at the canning plant. My mother made the best pickles, jams, jellies and vinegars. My husband still LOVES her Dixie Relish and continues to brow beat me to learn the recipe. I have my grandmother's old chest freezer in my basement filled with frozen vegetables, ground venison and frozen fruits to use during the winters. Therefore, this way of life is at least familiar to me. However, I know how far from this "simple" living I have really come and am inspired to go "back to my roots" a bit and incorporate that along with some of the simplicity of the meals and recipes from this Italian village into my own kitchen. Granted, I may not be making jelly or pickles this year, and can promise you that I will NEVER make my own sausage, but hopefully, I can offer fresh vegetables and fruits dressed and prepared simply for my family more often and in less time than we can eat or order out.
In fact, the other night we were coming back into town and rather than run to the grocery store, or order from my husband's favorite Italian place, I whipped up a quick and delicious pasta dish from the fresh produce we had on hand, good olive oil and a tad of fresh parmesan cheese. It was so much better, quicker and cheaper than any other option!
Fresh red and orange bell peppers, mushrooms, artichoke hearts sauted in olive oil and tossed with pasta - ready in 15 minutes!
"A Year in the Village of Eternity" has beautiful photographs of the region, the people and the food. It is full of warmth and tradition and makes you want to attempt, even just a small lifestyle change to gain some of the health and vitality of this community. I think it's worth a try, especially coming off all of the decadence of December!