The Art of Meaningful Expansion
I hope 2016 is starting off well for you.
I rang in the New Year by hosting an invasive chest bug that has relegated me to my comfy bed for the past two days. You might think this is bad timing or perhaps an inauspicious way to begin the year, but after the month and a half we have had, I’m happy to lie here, catch up on much-needed planning for 2016, and watch a Flip or Flop marathon on HGTV. I say I’m WINNING! (Well, except for the intense fatigue and this irrepressible cough that I have decided is a jump start on a new ab workout).
Over the holidays, I needed a few quick and easy dishes to please the masses. This one fit the bill. It’s perfect for a lite lunch with friends and also works as a balanced family meal. As I reached for the polenta, now a staple in my cooking, I realized just how far our choices have come at the grocery store. The expansion of exotic offerings has grown exponentially over the years and makes it easier than ever to explore and experiment with food as well as accommodate those with dietary considerations.
Our access to almost anything is amazing!
The rapid expansion that exists today in technology, information, and consumer choices can almost seem paralyzing.
That’s why it is imperative to stay focused on our own lives and to nourish and feed our own souls.
As a new year is unveiled, I turn my thoughts toward self-improvement. This year I find myself leaning toward what I like to call Meaningful Expansion. Just because the world is exploding around me doesn’t mean I have to take it all in.
Meaningful expansion is really about two opposing forces: purging and growth.
The fact is most resolutions or New Year’s goals fail in a hurry because we focus on how we will do more of something – or try something new altogether. Losing weight might mean more exercise and a greater attention to diet. Building a business might require time to plan and become bolder. Learning something might involve finding time to discover a passion or pursue a bucket list item.
New resolutions are often about expanding current demands.
For this reason, purging is actually the cornerstone of expansion.
You must purge all the activities and restrictions in your life that no longer make sense or don’t feel as satisfying as they once did. By purging, you can open up space for new ideas and activities. It’s not unlike making pantry space for new purchases or weeding your closet of clothes that no longer fit. If you have ever purged a closet or a cupboard, you know how satisfying and freeing it can feel.
The same is true for Facebook (friends, newsfeed clutter), your child’s activities, work obligations, and personal time. Go through everything and determine what you are willing to leave behind in order to make room for something more dynamic.
The choices can be tough. You may even have to ditch things you’ve done forever, or things you like.
But since we’ve done our 2016 Precaps (click to learn more!) it’s the perfect time to clean our life space and evaluate what needs to go.
That’s what I’m doing this month. I’m weeding out all of the things I keep doing but no longer fit with what I want to have happen this year.
At first, the new space may feel freeing, and eventually it will allow you to add exotic and exciting things to your life!
Out with the old, in with the new.
It will add spice to your life!
My pantry – especially the polenta – will attest to that.
This is tangy and super easy to make. I bet you could even try this with other veggies if you aren't a pepper fan. I make this even quicker by using pre-packaged polenta (available in a variety of flavors!).
FIND RECIPE HERE!
What are you making room for?