I finally ate a giant homemade salad for a meal and it felt SO good! Sometimes the things that I eat regularly get incredibly boring. We don’t eat out very often. With small children it is not always all that it is cracked up to be. There are times I have dreamed about having a regular take-out night to look forward to but it just hasn’t been something we have implemented.
Throughout the packing, moving, and unpacking we did a lot of eating out, and purchased many pre-made meals. You kind of go into survival mode during those times, and a lot of your routine goes out the window. In a way it is a blessing because that change in routine gives you a renewed sense of appreciation for many ordinary areas of your life.
With all the eating out my spark for cooking and baking has been re-ignited. It was a joy baking an apple pie with Pat, my mother-in-law. It almost felt like the holidays, which got me excited about baking this season. The beautiful pie smell that filled the air made our new home feel more like a home, and the kitchen a more special place.
What I learned from this is maybe more often when I feel burned out, or in a rut, I should purposely change things up, let routine go, and allow that spark to reignite. Often I don’t veer off our usual path. Sometimes it seems like it would be more of a hassle than it is worth. I think I am wrong about that though. There is nothing that makes you miss veggie packed meals like excluding them from your diet for a week or two. Now veggies are what I crave the most.
The next time I am so tired of doing a certain task, maybe I should simply allow myself a guilt-free vacation from it so that I can come back renewed with more love and appreciation in place.
Do you ever allow yourself guilt-free vacations from certain tasks? If so, does it help you?