A few weeks ago I heard about the Gratitude Jar concept. The idea is you write a note each day expressing what you’re thankful for, place it in a decorative container and re-visit them at the end of the year. 2015 brought about a lot of changes on my end but I ended the year feeling very encouraged and thankful for what I have. I feel it’s important to be present in the moment and not get carried away with endless possibilities of what might and might not happen. Don’t get me wrong, planning for your future is important, just don’t get hung up on the details because you’ll still get to where you need to be but the path there might change. For this reason I thought it would be a great idea to reflect daily on this path in life I’m on and note the things that I’m grateful for.
I’ve been blessed with a daughter who is definitely not a fussy eater. Mind you, she does have her favourite meals but she’s willing to try new things. This is especially true when she’s involved in the preparation of meals. I enjoy spending time in the kitchen with her, seeing me prepare meals encourages her and she actively asks to help. To ensure that she can participate in meal prep, we make simple meals together once a week. One of our favourites is “homemade” pizza (“homemade” because I buy the dough vs. make my own). I’m going to tell myself that its healthier than ordering out! The main benefit I find with this activity is it’s a great bonding exercise. I can explain each step to her along the way and she feels confident knowing that she had a hand in making a meal that day.