I. Am. Swamped.
But there is no way I can get through this very hectic next few weeks and months without good fuel for my body, so a deliberate menu planning system is a must for me right now.
When I first started homeschooling, I remember reading some advice from a veteran homeschool mom where she addressed the importance of taking time to nurture yourself. She said, "You can't serve from an empty platter," and that phrase has stayed in my mind ever since.
And isn't it fitting that it has double meaning here?! If I don't plan my meals, I'm stuck at the last minute with an empty platter. And when I'm not taking care of myself nutritionally, I have less to offer those around me that I love. So, in my current state, I am both literally and figuratively trying to serve from an empty platter.
So the work began in earnest yesterday when I took the day off from a few other tasks. Of course, it's a bigger project than I at first anticipated, but it is well under way. I started by combing the Internet and scanning Pinterest for any interesting and easy to maintain menu planning ideas. There are a lot of "pretty" systems out there, but I'm not looking to have this system match my home decor or be on display in a photo frame or win any I-made-this-with-my-Cricut awards. I just want something streamlined, easy, and effective.
It's not done yet, but I was able to develop smarter (hopefully) and easier (definitely) methods for my own system, based loosely on ideas from the web. I'll be sharing the finished product in the near future, but for now here are some pics of my progress so far.
Peace of mind like that fills up a platter pretty dang fast.
Note: This is the last installment in the 2012 Hate-Loss Challenge Group Therapy Thursday. A big shout-out to Ellen from Fat Girl Wearing Thin for hosting such an amazing challenge. I really enjoyed the ride! And to all the other bloggers who participated, it was lovely getting to know you better.