Life is full of them. Some we don’t ask for. Others we invite, in order to help us grow.
If you saw Saturday’s post, then you already know that Miss Sunshine woke up ill for her 14th birthday. In fact, today she’s home from school and still ill. On top of that…it’s pouring rain. I’m mostly housebound.
I’ve decided to announce my November Challenge.
If you are new to my blog..first off..welcome! I’m so happy that you’ve found my tiny space on the web. Second, since turning 40 (September 2017), I’ve decided to do a 30-day challenge each month to learn more about myself…to create new habits…to press outside of my comfort zones…to be challenged. I introduce the next month’s challenge at the end of the prior month so there is an opportunity to join along.
The challenge for the month of November is:
30 days of preparing a new recipe each day.
Now, before you look at me like I have three heads, I do realize that this challenge will take work. I’ve found that we are in a food rut. Same meals… tacos, spaghetti, anything quick and easy. Too much frozen or processed food. So I’ve decided to really challenge myself.
While my hope is to try many main dishes, I am also a realist.
By preparing a new recipe, I am inclusive of all types of recipes. There is a very distinct possibility that when I post about whether or not I succeeded in the 30-day challenge, you will find many days I tried a new smoothie or salad dressing recipe.
I’m okay with that. We all have to start somewhere. Some days there will be time to prepare a full course…and some days I will have to work extremely hard and finding the space to fit in something new. One major challenge that I’m already aware of is that Miss Sunshine has a soccer tournament in November. Since I cannot transport a kitchen to the hotel, I will be looking at overnight and/or microwave recipes.
Believe it or not, I did a lot of cooking when the teens were little. That was in the days before everyone was running in different directions and had decided what their taste buds preferred.
I’m not gonna lie…you’ll probably also see that I make a lot of desserts. Desserts are my favorite form of cooking. While they aren’t always healthy, they also aren’t processed. They have always brought a twinkle to the eyes of my children. It’s rare that they turn up their nose at a dessert that I’ve put hours into making.
Sometimes I don’t even like a new recipe that I’ve made. That’s the excitement of this challenge. Some recipes will be winners and some will be losers, but through it all…is growth.
I hope that you’ll join in for November’s challenge! Or least try a few new recipes during the month.
Update: to see how it went check out these posts:
Let your light shine!