Hey hey and happy Friday.
How are you? And what can I do for you?
That’s how I started yesterday’s morning conversation with my teenage daughter. It’s how I should start conversations with everyone I love, every day.
I’ve been bossy all my life. I come by it honestly. I mean, I was just 5 years old when I convinced my mom to change my newborn sister’s given name. That event may have given me the hall pass for years of acting like the Love Boat‘s cruise director Julie McCoy when I tell you that YES! It IS the BEST all butter pie crust pot pie you’ll ever eat, and here’s how to make it. In my mind, my intention has always been in the spirit of making days/experiences/solutions better. To their ears, I’m a know-it-all. Just ask my husband :).
Lately I’ve been reflecting on myself and how my actions affect those around me. How I communicate, how I respond, how I show my feelings, and how I do or don’t let others requests/feelings/opinions affect me, too. Thanks a whole lot Oprah. :) It’s a lot of work! But it’s totally interesting too, and hopefully making me a better person—and if nothing else, more aware.
When looking to find and share happiness, nurturing our relationships with kids, partners, parents, siblings and friends is probably the most important thing we can do. I’ve always considered myself a nurturer, hence, bossy. But as I look inward, I’m realizing that nurturing is the opposite of advising, instructing, ruling. Nurturing is in fact listening, fostering, supporting. It’s me putting away my “you know what you should do” hat and donning my “tell me what I can do for you” hat.
So yesterday when I saw my daughter first thing in the morning, instead of running down the usual list —what’s up with her school work, chores, basketball practice, and does she realize how much time she’s spending on her dang phone when there’s so many other interests out there to explore—I only asked her two simple questions.
“How are you? And what can I do for you today?”
Nurturing starts with being heard. Being seen. Feeling supported. Knowing we matter. And nothing in the world matters more to me than her. That’s why I’m going to show her by listening and doing, instead of just telling.
Okay. Whew. So that’s where I am. Who needs therapy when you have Friday Faves? Pass me the mirror so I can keep looking inward and let you escape to this week’s list of Friday Faves, STAT!
I used to be the one dreaming up ad campaigns and I thought this one was pretty dang clever. Apparently I was in the minority.
Be attentive, be active, but don’t let it take over your very being.
This big time celebrity photographer put down his camera to bake for his community, and whoda thunk? He sources his flour from right here in Utah!
What? Yes. Pink pineapple is real.
This set of liquid measuring cups is my new favorite thing in the kitchen.
This tortellini dinner is showing off all the harvest flavor flaves.
Pizza chicken will surely please the kids.
Keep the chicken coming when it’s dressed with loads of mushrooms.
Meatballs, noodles, peanutty curry sauce. Dinner done.
I love a good, creamy seafood chowder.
Wham bam bing bow kung pao shrimp.
Fun Halloween eats:
Can you relate –> Why people are moving to places that don’t demand they sell their soul for rent.
A chill is in the air, but this cool looking outdoor fire pit will still keep you warm. + 40% off!
Don’t forget the birds this winter! They love mine.
Try this easy DIY –> a minimalist dried grass wreath.
5 DIY home decor trends on IG. #5 is pretty dang cool.
I went on a Target wandering spree and I’m keeping my eye on these goodies you may like too:
This might be the greatest invention for shallow tub takers ever!
Could you live in a concrete home? I could if it was this one.
Ellen is selling her $40 million compound and it’s a California dream.
That’s it for this week. Get out and enjoy life then come into the kitchen and cook some real good real food.
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