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Permission & a Menu Plan

I am overwhelmed. Big surprise, huh? I haven’t wrapped a single Christmas gift and still have a few odds & ends to pick up. Hannah hasn’t seen Santa yet and it has been snowing the whole month of December and the poor child doesn’t have snow boots that fit. She does have some snazzy, sparkly boots from Justice, but they were obviously designed for looks, not comfort or keeping her little girl feet dry. I haven’t made a single cookie or piece of fudge. I put this enormous amount of pressure on myself to do way more than any human being could handle and then end up disappointed and frustrated when I can’t accomplish it all.

Am I really piling too much on my to-do list or am I not utilizing my time wisely? I honestly believe it is a little of both. How do I solve this and still end up feeling good about what I did accomplish? I have been thinking a lot about this. I have pondered many different scenarios. What is going to happen if I don’t make Christmas cookies or fudge? I can tell you one thing, Aaron won’t get mad that we have multiple different kinds of cookies stuffed in our extra freezer for the next 6 months. Will I miss my favorites? Yes, but I’ll have to accept the fact that it isn’t always possible to have everything that I want. I have what I need. I am going to give myself permission to not try to “do it all” over the next 2 weeks. I am going to concentrate on spending time with my family, wrapping presents and getting the things done that really need to be done, such as taking my daughter to see Santa and buying her some snow boots, not the things that would make me appear more Martha Stewart-like.

After I gave myself permission to knock a bunch of items off of the to-do list that is in my head, I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. I felt like I had given myself a gift – the gift of time. Time to do what I need to get done and a little left over to relax. It is true that I work well under pressure, but I don’t like how that makes me feel.

Fortunately I have a pumpkin pie in the freezer that I made at Thanksgiving time. My recipe makes 2 pies and there was no reason that we needed 2 at Thanksgiving, so in the freezer it went! For Christmas day dessert, I am using a new recipe that I found on Live Gluten Freely that uses the Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Devil’s Food Cake. I will make sure to let you all know how that turns out. I am simplifying my meal plan this week and enjoying the ride.

Sunday – Holiday dinner with girlfriends

Monday – Spaghetti with meat sauce, green beans and salad

Tuesday -Taco Tuesday

Wednesday-Burgers, baked potatoes, asparagus & salad

Thursday-Pizza and salad (and that pizza may just come from Mellow Mushroom ;) )

Friday-Ham, brown rice, baked potatoes, carrots, broccoli, salad, pumpkin pie

Saturday – Christmas dinner at my Dad’s house

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3 comments to Permission & a Menu Plan

  • You're having Pizza Thursday! Whoooo!

  • Kim,

    I think you just hit on a very important point here. Permission. Giving ourselves permission is often the hardest thing to do, and in fact the thing that may holding us back from achieving our goals. By giving yourself permission to ease off, I think you'll achieve even more. When the pressure is removed, you do things because you WANT to, not because you feel you HAVE to.

    OK, psychological analysis over ;)

    Merry Christmas!!

  • Kim

    Andrea….Yes, I am!!!

    Erin….Exactly!!!! Yesterday afternoon I ended up making chocolate chip cookies for my kids b/c I wanted to – because Jon expressed his desire to eat a hot, melty cookie straight from the oven. I didn't do it b/c I felt I was obligated to. There was no pressure and it was fun. There are no "rules" this way. I have a habit of maintaining rigid parameters and it is a handicap in many situations. I don't do "fly by the seat of my pants" well. Or, maybe I execute it well, but I feel out of control. That last part is the key: control.

    Wow. How was that for early morning thoughts?!? LOL!

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