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Our guests have gone, as are nearly all the mince pies: that must mean that Christmas 2017 is slowly coming to a close. We still have our Christmas decorations up, but they’ll come down this weekend. In the meantime, I am trying to get back into a groove and am working on a general list of goals for 2018. I am not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I am definitely one for flushing out and listing goals in general. Here is what I have so far:
-get my UK driving license
-fit back into my jeans (oy)
-launch my hair donation charity/non-profit idea
-nail down that ever illusive book deal
-take a basic digital design course
-join a book club
-finish our Wilford Social album
-take an acting class
-audition for some musical theatre shows
-do more yoga
-take a painting course
-take a calligraphy course
-re-organise the blog
-get all my blog posts on Pinterest
-eat less dairy
-drink more water
-figure out a fun way to have more of an income
That’s all I’ve got so far. The last one on the list is very vague as I am open to anything that lets me be creative and social. I am not the primary bread winner in our family, and I have odd jobs here and there that allow me to contribute to our finances (singing, social media management, blogging, etc.) but I would really love something that gets me around other people more. Most days I am either on my own, or meeting up with my bandmate to write/record songs. While I enjoy working on my own and with my bandmate, I love the idea of working with and being around a large group of creative people on a regular basis. I find being around other people to be so life giving!
Another one on my list that I’ve not added above is to figure out how to get more of you meal planning. I find meal planning essential to getting my kids not only eating well, but also getting them to eat a more varied diet. It also relieves a lot of stress and anxiety in my own life as I don’t have to worry about running to the store last minute or eating a thrown together meal. You need dinner literally every single night!! Why not plan for that ahead of time?
I was considering some sort of meal planning challenge. I am still thinking about the best way to run it, but in the meantime I have started a closed Facebook group for us all to share meal plans, recipes, and general tips and tricks. The more people participating the better, so please feel very warmly welcomed to join in! It is a closed group, so your posts will only be seen by other group members.
Now for this week’s meal plan (posted a bit late, but my kids aren’t yet back in school so I’m doing my best!).
(This is from this cookbook but I’ll share my own version soon.)
(I try to always have a jar of miso and ramen noodles around for this. It is a perfect last minute meal and is great for using up extra veg. We had this with chopped brussel sprouts and broccoli.)
(From this cookbook I got from Santa)
Beans and Rice with Fried Plantains
(I’m attempting this in the slow cooker. Fingers crossed! I’ll post the recipe if it works out!)
(PS: Browse my other meal plans by clicking here!)