But guess what? Success and exhilaration have lots of different faces.
What did I do? I made lasagna from scratch, all by myself!
Oh, that may not seem like a big deal to you, but it surely was to me. I'd never made lasagna from scratch by myself before.
I've also never made any culinary claims, but none of us have starved. Until James moved back home, I didn't realize what a predictable, lazy cook I'd become. (Just thinking about James's homemade hot rolls makes my mouth water!)
It's kind of gotten to be a joke that I can't seem to get a decent meal on the table by myself. Thank goodness the menfolk around here are so terrific about picking up my slack.
A few days ago I posted about 3 steps for getting from here to there, and I took my own advice:
- I wanted to make a delicious meal for Tom and all of the kids for a birthday celebration without any help.
- It was going to be a gift to them, and reestablish a little of my "momness" that a high stress, long hours job had diminished.
- The best way for me to do it was to gather ingredients one day, do as much of the prep work as possible the next day, read and reread directions, and put it all together the day of our dinner.
I knew I'd gotten it right when I realized there hadn't been any table talk for a minutes because everyone was eating. When James and Annalyn told me it was really good, I couldn't have been happier.
Do you have a goal, either big or small? Does it seem a bit scary or overwhelming at times? Have you started chipping away at it?
Making lasagna may not seem like a big deal to you, but last week it was to me. I'll bet there's something you've been longing to do. Dear Reader, YOU CAN DO IT! Whatever it is, you can do it! Motivation can be a powerful tool.
I'd love to hear about a goal you've successfully achieved. One you're toying with. Or even one that seems too big to tackle. Our best cheerleaders are each other, so let's all go for it!