When I was in my late 20s and early 30s, I was paralyzed by crippling anxiety. Even driving to the mall or introducing myself in a meeting could make my pulse race and make me want to run and hide under the covers.
Then, in my late 30’s, my closest friend developed an aggressive form of breast cancer and died after a horrific battle, leaving behind three beautiful children. Also during this period, my dad was killed in a hit-and-run accident by a drunk driver, while out walking his new puppy around the neighborhood.
These life-shattering experiences aren’t anything that I would want to repeat — and were very hard to recover from. But they have a silver lining: they help me keep things in perspective today.
I try to remember that there is always the potential for good and a chance to learn something new, even in a frustrating situation. As long is no one is sick or dying, everything is fixable — and an integral part of our too short, precious lives.
Eat the way you want your kids to eat — and be patient.
As Chief Recipe Developer for The Six O’Clock Scramble meal planning service, my professional specialty is healthy, homemade, family-friendly food.
At home, our meals are mostly meatless and center around seasonal, locally grown and organic ingredients. Because of it, it’s not uncommon for our kids to dig into curried lentil soup with squash or a stir-fry with tofu and green beans — and our 13-year-old daughter is a vegetarian who would choose broccoli over candy.
But I’m not patting myself on the back too hard — I’ve also raised a 16 year old son whose favorite foods are burgers, wings and ribs and who would probably never eat veggies if I didn’t encourage him. I remain hopeful that this is just a phase, albeit a long one.
Running a consuming business and a household with three pets and two active teenagers means I rarely have much downtime — and I spend far too much time on my laptop and smartphone.
I like to quiet my mind at the end of the day by reading a novel in bed, the kind printed on real paper rather than on an electronic reader, so I can get a break from screens for a while.
My recent favorite is The Round House by Louise Erdrich — a gripping character-driven story about a terrifying and confusing crime that takes place on an Indian reservation in North Dakota, told mostly from the perspective of a 13-year-old boy. (It’s also a National Book Award winner and Amazon Best of the Month).
If you want to check out my other favorite books (maybe we have similar taste), please visit the Pinterest board I’ve created with books I think are worth reading. I’d love you to share your recommendations, too. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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