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January 2, 2017
Welcome to a new year. I have a feeling a lot of you are working on resolutions — good luck! I don’t like to give things up, so I tend to set goals instead of resolutions.
Here’s a couple that are on my mind…
- Blog more! (and every blogger just laughed to themselves a little). It’s the one thing I think most of us are trying to do. The thing is, when you have lots of other work, sometimes the blog takes a backseat. That definitely happened to me in 2016 and I’m determined to not let it happen in 2017 — even if I have a lot of other work going on.
- More self care. It’s such a buzzy buzzword these days, and sometimes buzzwords are b.s., but self care is actually important. I notice and I feel better when I take the time for myself, like to make sure I get a workout in, do non-work-related creative projects like sewing and knitting, or take a few minutes to do my nails (and do a good job with them). And for me, that translates into being able to focus more when it’s time to go back to work, and sleep better at night not worrying about what things I didn’t get done that day.
- Better boundaries. When you are a freelancer/creative type, it is really hard to say “no more” and just put the laptop down at 5 p.m. But it is soooo important. There will always be some days where I’m working on an important project and I need to burn a little midnight oil. There will also be days when I get a good idea at 10 p.m. BUT — For the most part, I think some clear “time off” is in order. I’ll be keeping a notebook at my side at all times – so I can write down ideas that come to me, and not have to worry about acting on them immediately. Plus, I really need some uninterrupted time to play Stardew Valley.
- Building community. I know I’m not the only one out there who feels a great deal of uncertainty about the future considering how the end of 2016 went down. But I know that what’s more important than just about anything is strong communities, so I’m rededicating myself to contributing time and money to causes I support, reaching out to community members I don’t hear from enough, and finding ways to elevate voices that are not heard enough.
- Building my business. There’s the rub, right? I want my time off to be really off, and I want to create more, blog more and of course do great work for my clients. I’m still crafting how this whole mix creates an improved business in 2017. We’ll see what happens next.
This is the most personal I think I’ve gotten on the blog in a while (except my Princess Leia post from last week), and I’m going to try to keep it that way. It’s amazing what happens when I give myself enough time to process things. And while I’m at it, I ALSO have a recipe for ya.
For me, it has always been really important to have a plant-focused diet. I am not a vegetarian, but I try to only eat meat that’s grass fed, free range, etc. – it’s less about the official certification and more about making sure the farmers are raising them well, because lots of big farms are not raising their meat in an environmentally friendly way.
So here’s an easy weeknight meal that’s also meatless (#meatlessmonday! woo)… but it’s also spicy, fresh and delicious. I love pan-roasting chickpeas *almost* as I love a good slaw. Enjoy!
- 1 can chickpeas, drained
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp. Cumin
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- Squeeze of lemon,
- 1/4 tsp. of coarse salt
- For the slaw:
- 2 cups shredded cabbage
- 2 sliced radishes
- 1 jalapeno, minced
- 2 tbsp. sour cream
- 2 tbsp. milk
- Toss all slaw ingredients together, and allow to sit while you prepare the other ingredients.
- Toss chili powder, cinnamon, garlic powder, onion powder and chickpeas together.
- Heat 1-2 tbsp. canola oil in a large skillet. Add chickpea mixture to the pan and heat until lightly browned.
- Build tacos with slaw on the bottom, chickpeas on top of that and cilantro, radish slices and a squeeze of lime on top!