I think everyone should own a journal. It’s so satisfying to come home after a long hard/great/amazing/crappy/productive day and just dump it all out into a precious little book. But it’s also incredibly motivating and helpful to have one! I make charts to keep track of my workouts, my water intake and my daily habits/hobbies. It helps motivate me to keep doing everything I want to do everyday, because I know I want to color in my little boxes so it doesn’t look empty and disappointing. It has definitely helped me, anyway.
I’m so excited, I just got brand new journaling pens (these) and double-tip markers (these) from michael’s arts & crafts store, and used a 55% off coupon on each of them! I haven’t even opened their packages yet, but can’t wait to tonight. But first, I have a cooking class I can’t wait to go to. The chef is going to be cooking a beef tenderloin steak with a mushroom and red wine pan sauce. I just love the opportunity to learn proper techniques to cook a steak first hand from a chef. I obviously cook a lot, but steak is something I don’t cook a lot of. And there’s always room to learn! Even if it was something I cooked all the time, you can never know too much, and it’s always good to go out and be taught by the best!
To talk about journals again for a moment – one of the habits I like to track is waking up early. I was up at 5:30am this morning. I don’t remember the last time I wasn’t dead to the world at that time in the morning, unless I was up all night and going to bed at 5:30 instead of waking up at that time. But my goal is to wake up at 6am every day! My mom has already got into a habit of it, and I wish to join her. The other day, she finished and folded 2 loads of laundry while catching up on her favorite shows, left the house and ran all her errands around town and got back before it was even 11am. Now THAT’S taking advantage of time. And it really does make you more productive to be up early. In the morning, you’re more motivated. At night you just want to laze around, browse social media or drink your tea in bed with your favorite book (or journal!). That’s just what evenings are about. But the morning is a whole new game, and I really want to make the most of mine by at least being awake. I challenge you to do the same! I also challenge you to try this recipe, because it’s definitely a new favorite of mine. Hope you have a great thursday!
If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below, or take a photo and tag it on instagram or twitter with #itscrunchthyme