I have been meeting with the same two women once a week for over a year to pray. Every Monday we sit and catch up by listening to everyone’s stories from the week. We listen about the cute things our babies are doing, the things we are wrestling with and thinking about. Then we spend the rest of the evening bringing one another before God in prayer. Bearing one another’s burdens. I am thankful for them and the friendship that quickly develops when you dive into the thick of life together.
This past Monday I made a berry crisp to share, and wanted to give you the recipe so that you could share it with some sweet friends.
- 3 cups blueberries
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat Oven to 375 degrees
- Mix oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and butter in the bottom of an 8×8 pan
- Set aside 1/2 cup of mixture
- Squish the rest of the mixture on the bottom of your pan
- Sprinkle blueberries in an even layer on top
- Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of mixture
- Bake for 40 minutes
I was walking into the grocery store yesterday when I caught the glance of an African woman in a beautiful orange wax print dress. I told her that I loved her dress. She smiled, waved her hand to point at my printed pants, tried to find the right words and said I love you.
I’m still figuring out how to best structure my unstructured time. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start on big projects, so I am trying to find ways to build momentum. I don’t want to waste this precious time because I have so many things that I want to get done. Here are some things that I have been doing to get started.
- The state of your bed is the state of your head. This is a little mantra that I use to get started in the morning. Every morning I eat breakfast with Jason and then I make our bed and do the dishes. They are small victories that I can check off my to do list and get the ball rolling for the rest of the day. Charles Duhigg, the author of The Power of Habit, calls these keystone habits.
- Make a list. I have to have very clear objectives of what I need to get done every day, so that I can think about the things that I need to do once and then go on autopilot getting those things finished.
- Eat that Frog. There is an old saying that if you eat a frog early in the morning nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day. It means that you should tackle the hardest thing on your to-do list first thing before you lose your will power. It makes your day immediately productive.
- Have a uniform. I can not get things done in my pajamas. If I am tackling housework I need my sneakers on, and if I am doing freelance work I need comfortable real life outfits to get me into the right mind set for tackling a project. If I need to work out, the hardest part is putting on workout clothes, but that small first step helps me get going to tackle whatever I need to get accomplished. It really does help me get motivated.
Do you have any tricks you use to get started?