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To Be More Joyful: Get Out of the Kitchen
Posted By Jessica Fisher On July 3, 2010 @ 2:10 pm In Freezer Cooking,Joyful Womanhood,Meal Planning | 12 Comments
Years ago I experienced an incredibly busy day at the end of which I had a major epiphany. I found a way that helped me be more joyful than I had previously been .
My to-do list had been bigger than huge, trying to get four kids packed and off to friends’ houses so that I could catch a plane and meet my husband at a conference halfway across the country. My dad was on board to help me and to get us all out the door.
It was one of those “Do-I-really-think-I-can-pack-five-bags-and-clean-the-house-before-I-go?” kind of days. Did I mention that I was also 7 months pregnant with FishChick? And it was August with temps above 105+ in Kansas City humidity?
Yes, the cards were certainly stacked against me.
But, in the end I got it all done. The house was spotless when we left. I had even mopped the floors. And my kids and my father still liked me at the end of the day.
Proof positive! Yes, I’m a dork. I took a picture. It was a momentous occasion.
Now, before you go bestowing a Wonder Woman badge on me, let me tell you that I had never accomplished this feat before and I’ve never accomplished this since. The secret?
It sounds awful, but we ate take out for every meal. My dad bought donuts for breakfast, McDonald’s for lunch, and Subway for dinner. I was able to get so much done because I was not stopping every 4 hours to fix a meal and then clean it all up.
And because I wasn’t killing myself over my to-do list, I had a beautiful day. My family still liked me at the end of it. And I felt happier and more content.
While I don’t recommend subsisting on fast food all day every day in order to be a happier mom . I do think that a break from the kitchen is in order. It’s not impossible; consider the following:
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