Meal planning and prep (Free Meal Planning Sheet!)

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Okay, I'm as lazy as can possibly be sometimes. I would rather get take-out every day because I won't have to cook or clean up. However, the cost and unhealthiness of going out? Obviously not worth it. So my husband and I have been starting to cook and eat at home more. 

Then comes the second issue - what should I cook? Every morning, I have to figure out what I'm going to eat for lunch and then what I'm going to cook after work. My husband works 24 hours on, then 48 hours off as an EMT so on his days off he tries his very best to help me out,  but it's still not easy when we don't know what we're doing. 

So this morning I've created an easy chart for us and it's now on a shared google excel sheet for us to update every week. Meal plannning is a great way to relieve stress on yourself each week, plus you can plan around date nights or events. You can find healthy recipes and build a collection of your favorites. We also plan on making this a big whiteboard calendar in our house, so that we know what's on the menu that week. (Now he can stop asking 'what's for dinner tonight' which is getting annoying :P)

Our plan is to go grocery shopping and cook on Sunday so that we can have our food ready to go. We'll freeze what we need to in order to pop it into the oven for ease after work. We're using epicurious.com for our recipe ideas and our new Instant Pot! Check it out so you can make your own for your home too! 

Download your own free meal planning sheet here!

 

Get inspired today!

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Sometimes, you have phases in your life where you are ridiculously inspired all the time. You’re bursting to the brim with new ideas, energy and options are abounding in front of you. Maybe you’re getting a new job, volunteering, writing, creating, traveling or even just creating a lot. You are on the top of your game - you are in the zone.

These times are fantastic and make you feel like you were born to do (insert your passion here). But what about those times when you are not feeling that way at all? Maybe you’re just in a creative funk, or you’re having a depressive episode, or having creative blocks. You’re hating your job, or you just don’t ever want to get out of bed, you’re feeling like every day is the same as the last - you’re stuck in a rut and you feel completely drowned in your misery.

This may feel like the end of the world for us creative types - especially for the organizers amongst us. We want to have a daily schedule, routines and such - but we also want to feel free and create and soar in our hobbies or jobs. We want a lifestyle that is both fun and also inspiring.

When you’re feeling uninspired, here are some tips to help:

Break your routine

Routines are great for establishing good habits but when they’re not doing that, they kinda suck. Tonight, instead of going home and turning on the TV do something completely different. Maybe call up someone and ask them out for dinner and a movie. Or maybe grab a book or magazine and go to a park nearby. Hell, it could be as small as sitting out on your patio instead of your couch. Just break your routine. Listen to different music, watch a movie you never usually would, call someone who you haven’t talked to in ages.

Get out of your comfort zone

This sounds similar to the first point, but it’s a little more intense. Grab a friend or your partner and do something crazy and completely out of your character. Maybe hit up an improv club meeting or go play a round of golf. Maybe for us introverts this will be super hard at first, but you’ll break out of that rut at least! If you normally are terrified to even watch scary movies, go to a haunted house. If you don’t like to talk about yourself, go to a therapist and do it anyway. Maybe try writing or blogging, or post a selfie on your social media!

Create something else

This is a huge part of being a creative person - we get stuck into our own heads. We label ourselves as a fiction writer and never even think about trying out writing poetry or non-fiction. We think of ourselves as watercolor painters and don’t want to try out oil paintings. Speak only English? Go learn Spanish or French.  Have you ever tried to go to a drink-and-paint class? A cooking class? Write a screenplay. It doesn’t matter what it is but try and consume/create a whole other genre of art. All art is beautiful, why only ever try one?

Listen to someone inspiring

This one is a bit more difficult to pin down into words but sometimes to be inspired you have to reach out and actually find someone to inspire you. Who normally did the trick for you? JK Rowling? Go find and watch an interview of her. There’s a directory of amazing TED Talks and plenty more on youtube. Hearing people’s stories and triumphs is a human experience that makes us all inspired.

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So there are a few tips of mine that help me get inspired when I’m feeling blocked. What do you normally do when you’re in a rut?

 

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Self care tools for each aspect of your life

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