New Year’s Goal: Improve without excuses, AND appreciate what you are getting right. AKA– I’m no Betty Crocker, but I still got game.

Here is ONE of the many things I need to work on in 2019. I am at a loss in the kitchen.  I have basic skills.  I can cut, chop, stir, assemble, microwave, make a bowl of cereal, and scramble eggs.  You get the picture.

It’s the day-to-day cooking that gets me.  Some people can just magically budget, plan ahead for shopping, prepare ahead and create a healthy and tasty dinner each night, all with the confidence of Julia Child.  I’m not that person.  By the time I get home from work, I am usually so dog-tired, the last thing I want to do is cook.  So I don’t.

We end up eating something easy.  Something cheap — nutrition-wise and cost-wise.  Everyone eats at different times to fit our crazy schedule.  I then feel horrible — both physically and emotionally.    I continue to have little energy, because I have put ineffective and often artificial fuel into my body.  Making matters worse, I beat myself up for being a poor excuse for a mother who should be providing homemade healthy meals that occasionally involve spinach.

When we do sit down together for something respectable, it’s because my husband is a great chef.  He is the main reason most cooking gets done at our house.

I’m good at a few really important things.  I show up for my kids.  They talk to me and I show them that I trust them to make good decisions.  I’m teaching them to use their own moral compass and to trust themselves.  I support them in their life’s goals.  I’m teaching them to respect themselves and others. In short, I have worked hard to build relationships with my children.

I wouldn’t trade all the cookery skills in the world for the things that I am doing right.   That said, I can improve my cooking AND appreciate all that is going right.  Here’s to more healthy family dinners in 2019 and continuing the conversations.  What are you getting right?  What are your goals for 2019?

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Just an average girl with an iron will and a hyper-sensitive gag reflex.

9 thoughts on “New Year’s Goal: Improve without excuses, AND appreciate what you are getting right. AKA– I’m no Betty Crocker, but I still got game.”

  1. Glad to hear scrambled eggs are a staple in your household too. I’m in the same boat in almost every way. The place we split ways is ‘I live with a chef’, other than that, it’s like I’m looking in a mirror. I too have put much time and energy into relationships with my children and teaching them to trust themselves. In my opinion that will overcome their possible lack of nutrition in their childhoods.
    The thing I love most is your emphasis on what we’re doing right. I would argue that for the most part most of us are doing most things right with a few things we could improve on. Thanks for the reminder, love.
    I’m with Clarke, Ivan, Cyndi, and James- great read, love your style, who has time to cook, and here’s to a great year with a splash of spinach!


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