I haven't stopped to blog about it yet, but I did make a few New Year's resolutions this year. Well, one big one, really. With three sub-parts. Because I like the tidiness and accountability of sub-parts.
The big one stems from a work conference I went to a few years ago, where this guy was talking about veterans in the criminal justice system, but was also talking about self-care. He compared doing "helping" work with carrying around a big sack of rocks. "Rocks are going to get piled into the sack," I remember him saying, "There's no way to stop that." The trick, he informed us, was making sure that there's a little hole in the bottom of the sack for rocks to also trickle out of as you travel along. "You have to figure out a way to drop your rocks."
My sack has been a little heavy, for these past few years, really. Hence, my big New Year's resolution: drop the rocks.
And the sub-parts to help pierce that little hole in the bottom of my sack?
- Read more books.
- Learn new things.
- Do the work. (Instead of worrying about doing the work.)
The first two of those things are going well. I'm trying to read one new book and do one class or other learning experience each month. I know it's only January, but having it as an honest-to-goodness, written-down goal is already helping.
So often I think to myself, "Eh, it's such a pain in ass to get out at night after the kids are in bed," or "I'm too tired to read tonight." And, in doing so, I forget that, even though I'm usually piling them on top of a long day, those are the things that make me feel alive and ultimately less tired.
But, I'm sure you're dying to know, where does the soup come in?
Well, as part of "learn new things" I took a soup cooking class last week. The class was billed as a "soup detox" class, but it was really about how to make amazing broth.
I didn't expect to get quite as much out of it as I did. We have two or three favorite soup recipes that make the dinner rotation, but I'd never thought about soup as being a method as opposed to a recipe. The teacher really broke it down to a formula almost (broth + veggies + spices + fat), that I think will translate to just about any soup I have a hankering for. (Or any vegetable left in the crisper drawer at the end of the week, for that matter.) Above, you see last night's curried sweet potato and carrot. For lunch, I had a spring onion miso. Next week, maybe something with zucchini?
I know it seems like a small thing, but it's blowing my mind. I can make any soup that I want now. I am going to be, like, the Superwoman of Soup!
If all of my rock dropping goes this well, it's going to be a pretty good year.