Morning friends. Hopefully some of you are enjoying an extra day off of work for President’s Day!
One weekend highlight to share…on Saturday I saw Blind Date at the Goodman Theater with my mom and cousin. This play is about the first meeting between President Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. My uncle plays the role of George Schulz, Secretary of State to Reagan. I really enjoyed the show, and it definitely got me interested in finding some books about Schultz and the Reagan administration in general (I’m on a bit of a history kick). The show runs until the 25th, so go see it before it’s gone!
Before I get into the weekly dinner menu, I wanted to share a quote I came across on the Happiness Planner’s Instagram page:
Everyone you meet always asks if you have a career, are married, or own a house as if life was some kind of grocery list. But no one ever asks if you are happy. – Heath Ledger
These words gave me chills. My closest friends know I don’t like the notion of “time-lining” your life…accomplishing one thing and immediately setting out to take the next step on the expected life time line (get a job, get married, buy a house, get a dog, have a baby, get a promotion, etc. etc.) There are incredible happenings that occur in between those major life steps and they’re often overlooked because we’re in such a hurry to get to the next rung on the ladder.
Lately, Matt and I have talked more and more about where we want to live once our lease is up. Should we buy? Should we rent? I have felt this immense pressure to buy (while Matt could care less)…and this quote pulled me back to my own strong beliefs…we don’t have to do what is expected. We can rent until we’re 80 and still lead adventurous, fulfilling lives.
So this week, I let go of worry. And I hope you do too. You also might feel you’re at a crossroads in your life…deciding where to go, what step to take. Don’t worry so much about the expected. Focus on your happiness. Because in the end, you can cross off every major milestone on life’s list and something could still be missing…
- Monday: Red Cabbage salad with bacon and feta from Happy Salads (the recipe calls for goat cheese, but I’m using feta since that’s what we have on hand). The salad includes red cabbage, red onion, bacon, parsley, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar (I’m using honey instead), chopped apples, and feta. I’ll be adding in some shredded chicken to make it more filling.
- Tuesday: Stiry-fry chicken with cauliflower rice (I saw a stir-fry chicken recipe in the Whole 30 book which gave me the idea, but I’ll be using the coconut aminos marinade I shared with you a few weeks ago and adding my preferred veggies).
- Wednesday: Slow cooker jalapeno chicken chili from Julie Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook
- Thursday: Lentil pasta with marinara
- Friday: Maybe fish fry out?
Have a wonderful start to your week!