I find the recipe in a cookbook as I aspire to make healthy food for myself at home.
I drive to the supermarket to buy zucchini and baby tomatoes.
I wash and dry the veggies.
I slice the zucchini with great care.
I soak the bamboo skewers for half an hour so they don’t burn in the oven.
I thread five skewers with alternating pieces of zucchini and tiny tomatoes.
I stare lovingly at the pretty thing I made.
I feel a deep sadness.
I am alone in my kitchen. No one else is around or coming over soon to witness my creation. What can I do?
I take out my phone and snap a picture in the terrible lighting on my counter.
I post the picture of the zucchini and tomato skewers on Instagram.
I wait. 2 likes, 3, 4. OK good. Now my beautiful skewers officially exist.
I put them in the oven.
I fell in love with these “Wish Capsules” that I found in Sugar Paper earlier this summer:
I wrote last year about how important it is to take the time to think, and these wish capsules are so perfect for that. As we rush about our daily lives, either going from one thing on our to-do list to the next, or out spending time with freiends and loved ones, we need to take a moment to connect with our deep wishes. What better way to do that than to write one down, and carry it with you, literally, until it comes true?
I really think one of the main sources of stress and that feeling of being overworked is when we disconnect from our bigger vision for our life and what we hope to accomplish on all fronts.
August is the perfect time to stop, reflect, think about our goals for the rest of the summer, the new fall season and the start of the “school year” afterwards, and make a wish…
I just did mine, and the capsule is now in my wallet. (Hint: It’s related to getting my work out there more.)
What do you wish? Write it down!
See also: Taking the Time to Think