Since I first decided that I would be cutting back on the amount of television I watch in the new year, I have felt myself begin to change. I have noticed that I haven’t been searching for the remote, and I am filling my evenings with other activities than TV viewing. This excites me, as I believe it’s a sure sign that I am making this decision for the right reason – because I want to – and not because I “fell like I should.”
Instead of re-watching episodes of Criminal Minds I’ve seen 5 times, I’ve been relaxing in other ways at my apartment each evening. I finished a book [that I started in may], I spent time cooking soup [to load up my freezer], and I’ve been going through my large collection of unread magazines.
I currently subscribe to four magazines; Martha Stewart Living, Family Fun, Fitness, and, thanks to my friend Laura who gifted me with it, Whole Living [formerly Body & Soul]. As I was reading through the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living, I found myself making a mental list of actions to consider in 2011.
I always find inspiration on blogs, and I just love finding motivation, ideas, and tips for new things to try from print media, too! Here’s a few things that MSL pointed me to add to my 2011 consideration list.
Page 30: Action to consider: Infusing my own vodka.
I had thought about doing this before, after seeing one of my favorite foodie bloggers, Taylor, make bubble gum vodka and a BIG KID cocktail, but after seeing MSL’s awesome list of infusions, I started daydreaming about my own THS approved flavor combinations. I am excited to get experimental in my liquor cabinet!
Page 112: Action to consider: Bake bread.
Confession: When Heather, Julie, and Evan hosted Macaroon Monday to encourage getting adventurous in the kitchen, facing the battle of the recipes you always feared, I thought about bread. But I let fear win, and I didn’t even allow the thought to become words in vocal or written form. I just moved on, pretending not to notice the dozens of bloggers trying their hands at what had previously intimidated them.
Coming across Life of a Loaf in MSL pushed me to reconsider. Not only does Chad Robertson share his basic loaf recipe, but also 7 recipes in which to use the bread for the following week. The article highlights what kind of recipes are best with fresh bread, day old bread, and week old bread. I am a thrifty chick that doesn’t like to waste food, so the idea of being able to use the bread in several ways, for several days, was really appealing to me. I may just need to take the bread baking leap.
Page 133: Action to consider: Adopt more.
MSL has a list of “10 feel-good things to do this January and all year long” which fit perfectly in my unintentional search for inspiration. One of the items on the list (#9) was a favorite; learn one activity each month which takes concentration and coordination, such as knitting, hula hooping, juggling, etc. I love the plan of giving your brain a work out as you learn new activities and will definitely be on the look out for new activities I can try!
Do you still read any print media? What magazines, newspapers, and journals do you most find inspiration and ideas from?