a new recipe for balance

by Joanna on September 10, 2012

If there’s one thing I want in my life it’s balance, something that’s not always easy to come by.  My weeks are always packed and I find myself at one of two extremes: either go-go-go or zonked out in front of the TV until bed.

But I recently found a new way to create balance during the week.

A few weeks ago I made Jessica‘s BBQ Spiced Salmon with Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa.  It was the first time I had cooked in months–or cooked something new. Ok, kind of both.  No, I don’t count pancakes.

It felt so good.

I’m telling you, cooking is good for the soul.  Or good for mine anyway.  There is just something about cooking, especially something new, that grounds you in the present moment.  The brightness of the foods, the fresh smells while prepping and the hearty smells while cooking, the sound of onions and garlic hitting a hot pan, the feel of actually doing something with your hands.  It’s awesome.

I was so happy to serve Mike a delicious dinner, impressed with the finished product, and completely energized by the whole process.

It was then that I decided that I need to prioritize this.  If I don’t make room for it in my life, my week nights will get away from me.  In our discussion about the dishes, when I asked Mike if it was about something bigger like wanting to spend more time with me, he said that he did miss us cooking together.

I decided that we should make one new recipe a week together.  Mike liked the idea so it’s our new thing.  One new recipe a week is my new recipe for balance. One new recipe a week to keep me grounded and to connect with my husband.

It’s great.  We’re making new meals and we’re spending quality time together. Win-win.  (You know I love win-wins!)

And we’ve been sitting at the table to eat which is so nice and not the norm for us.

I love this idea! It’s really helped me to be present on weeknights and has actually made my evenings seem longer and more energized. I hate when I feel like I just come home and do nothing.

Check back this afternoon to see what we’ve made so far!

I’d love to know:

What do you do to balance your weeks?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy September 10, 2012 at 10:00 am

I love cooking (and I never thought that I would)! I made that exact recipe a few weeks ago too. It gives me “my time” and allows me to do something nice for Jordan, which I like.

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2 Becca Norelli September 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Good question. I feel kindof like you, either go-go-go or dead tired. Lately I have been saying to Antonio that I feel lonely sometimes, but then when I think about making plans with my friends I wonder where the time will come. Last night, I rented a movie from the library (FREE=awesome) and promised to Antonio that I wouldn’t do any homework because I owed it to him and myself to be present in the moment of enjoying one of his favorite movies with him, instead of thinking about what assignment I can get started on next. I cleaned the house and my room because a clean space clears my head and allows me to relax and then we just relaxed by the TV. I am hoping that I can do this more often to balance out my weeks. (cooking is something that I’m working on too, I’m always open to easy, cheap and delicious recipes :) )

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3 Becca Norelli September 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I forgot: I also read your blog when I need to take a breath from working. It is something enjoyable and quick and gets me focused/motivated to get back to work.

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4 Leigh Anne September 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm

This is definitely a question that I’ve been struggling with lately. I find that taking time to read, watch a movie, and do one activity outside balances my week. I often try to fill my week with so much “go-go-go” that it ends up actually stressing me out . By doing those three tasks, I have to spend time by myself (reading), veg out (movies) and get some vitamin d and exercise (outside activity) that ups my endorphins. And also like Becca, I read your blog :-) A routine of different websites I look at everyday also gives me some balance.

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