In the year of loving ourselves fearlessly, last week the assignment was to Try Something New Every Day. Here’s something I just loved from what j said about it in the 52-52 guide: “these days absolute presence is hard to come by. With all that we have vying for our attention, it’s a wonder we’re able to focus at all, and when it happens, when you feel yourself caught up completely in exactly what’s happening RIGHT NOW, it’s ordinary magic at its extraordinary best.
This week, try something new every day. Drive a new route to work. Eat something pickled. Visit a new restaurant. Go to a movie alone. Paint a canvas. Send a love letter written in crayon. Revel in your now.”
The new things I’ve tried this week, are as follows:
- Had oven fried chicken with corn on the side for dinner, that my boyfriend cooked. I loved it!
- Started using the Expense Manager app, for Android.
- Had lunch alone.
- Started writing a travel essentials article – will keep you posted when it goes up on Milliver’s Travels.
- Drank/will continue drinking cappuccinos in the mornings, until the new coffee maker arrives. I chose all different flavors, like Vanilla, Caramel, Mocha and Milka Chocolate.
- Decided to stay for an extra three days in London on my upcoming work trip.
- Enjoyed a cup of tea on the balcony, listening to crickets and marveling in the full Moon.
For week 31, the assignment is to Partake in salad alchemy. I’ll copy below what j says in the 52-52 Guide, so you’ll understand exactly what I’m talking about.
“One year on my birthday, my friend Andrea sent me the coolest little e-book. It’s called Salad Alchemy. It’s written by Meg Worden of Feed Me, Darling, and it’s so special and different that I’ll steal the words from her site to describe it:
Salad Alchemy is 7 lovely, life shifting salads, with ingredients that hold in them legend, story, nutrients and energy to transform your body and belief system about food.
This is not your ordinary cookbook or recipe book. This is seven story-centric salad recipes that serve to guide you into a deeper understanding of how pleasurable the preparation and consumption of food can be. It can be an ecstatic experience, even if you’re eating salad. Salad! Who knew?
I loved it. The seven salads are named Creativity, Power, Genius, Transformation, Stability, Beauty and Love. Meg writes about each one beautifully, linking food, myth, science and soul. I loved making the salads, reading Meg’s words, thinking about them as I tasted. It’s not a book so much as an experience.
This week, I’d love you try Meg’s salads. You can download the book here. It’s only $8.95, but if you can’t afford that, this week, live as though you believe the adage, “you are what you eat.” Be good to your body. Eat fresh, raw, and close to the earth. Eliminate preservatives and anything with unpronounceable ingredients. Enjoy your meals from prep all the way through clean-up. Your body is an astonishing biological miracle. Slow down. Appreciate it. Feed it soulfully.”
I won’t buy the book right now, but I will follow j’s advice and eat as healthy as I can, and play with having salads every evening for dinner.
How was your week? Did you try something new every day? Or a couple of days maybe?
PS: If you’re interested in joining us, you don’t have to have the e-guide to play, but if you’d like it, you can buy it in the shop.