I'm trying to spend my extra time learning how to make more food homemade/from scratch/from whole ingredients. I've mastered a great chipotle hummus and a chipotle black bean burger recipe. I made a lemon butter orzo with whipped feta over the weekend. Learned how to make a few different salad dressing combinations homemade. Made a cake from scratch for the first time.
So. Much. Cooking. And. Baking.
I've been trying to stay connected but also taking time to allow the silence to be a good thing. A friend started a weekly chat that has been amazing for a weekly wind-down. I have also taken a stab at gardening...I have 4 sticks that are now sprouting leaves and it's the most exciting thing that's happened in over a month! :)
I've been trying to practice gratitude more, and be present in the moment. It gets really crazy in our house with four kids, my husband and our two cats (who act more like dogs and often cause a scene!). I have pretty much no "me" or alone time, which is very challenging as an introvert. Plus, the kids all constantly need something. Although I am constantly stressed out, I know that this is extra time spent with our family and I want to actually get to appreciate that.
I'm also attempting to be better at turning off work when I'm not supposed to be working (which is a challenge for me because I always want to be available to help my colleagues!). I recognize that being constantly available for work items can add to my stress levels. It's easy to always feel like I should be in two places at once (when I'm working, I should be with the kids, and when I'm with the kids, I should be working), and that feeling eats away at me after awhile and is a barrier to being present.