NOURISH: Make and bake as much as possible from scratch. Ditch over packaged, over processed convenience foods and opt for 'real' food instead.
After the festive season there were lots of left overs. We got sick of eating them fairly quickly as I'm sure we all do. This year I got a bit creative with the left overs and I made anti-pasto muffins (basic savoury muffins with chopped up antipasto in it) a variety of dips to go with all the left over crackers and biscuits for lunch, there was a few ham, cranberry and cheese toasted sandwiches and a smoked salmon quiche that went down well!
PREPARE: Stockpile and preserve.
The only thing we stockpiled over the festive season was calories!
REDUCE: Cut down on household waste by re-using, re-purposing and repairing.
We composted most of our wrapping paper, reused boxes and bags for re-wrapping and are re-gifting a few Chrissy presents that missed the appreciated mark...
GREEN: up our lives. Start (or continue!) using homemade products.
We did a fairly green Christmas - recycled cards, newspaper wrapping paper, less food, well chosen presents, homemade work mates gifts and last years decorations...
CREATE: to fill a need or feed the soul. Create for ourselves or for others.
Been trying to create calm and order from the Christmas /New Year Chaos...
DISCOVER: Feed the mind by reading texts relevant to current interests.
Books that were gifts, Instruction manuals, receipts and road maps are the only texts that got read this month!
ENHANCE: community: The rewards for your time are often returned tenfold.
So many communities at this time of the year! Christmas Parties at my various works, Christmas parties at my husbands work, neighbours Christmas gatherings, cards from people you love but only catch up with at this time of the year and lots of wishing total strangers a Merry Christmas!
See above but add extended feasting with family!
IMPROVE: Change or create a habit, work on an aspect of mind, body and soul that needs a wee tweak.
I did well with the guest thing this year - I'm usually keen to help and get involved with the preparations and again on the day even as a guest. This year I waited till I was asked to help/make/provide and then did so with enthusiasm. For the rest of the time I ate, drank and chatted to which ever relative was sitting closest and didn't (overtly) worry about what was happening in the kitchen. It made for a much more relaxing Christmas!
This month will be about getting back into an exercise routine. I'm trying to do at least thirty minutes three times a week - and Yoga doesn't count! So this morning I will bike down to the shops or the few things that I need instead of taking the car and check out the local swimming pools and go for a swim early next week.. Lets see how I go with this one!
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