the beatles have it right: all you need is love. but the reminder is important: love what you love. do you actively, constantly do that? i realised today that i don’t: frustrated with choosing the right words for my essay, i forgot that the reason i write is because i love it. the danger of minimalism, of paring down possessions and commitments to include only what you love is that those things don’t stand out amongst the bad since you’re surrounded by the good. it is a wonderful problem to have, cured easily with a dose of gratitude. thankgsiving reminds us to be grateful. let’s have thanksgiving every day. (and pie, let’s have pie too). ★
the past couple of days have been a productivity struggle. despite excuses, i could still try a bit harder. which is exactly what i realised when i went climbing today. several times on a challenging route i thought, yeah, this isn’t going to happen. i thought, i need to be stronger, i need more energy – when really the problem was that i was making these excuses instead of actually pushing myself. the same thing happens with essay-writing: i think i need a break, that i can’t think straight, and all these little distractions add up towards not completing the task. an important step towards productivity is to believe you can keep going. in the words of tiger cub sophia chua-rubenfeld: “if you think you need a break, you probably don’t.” ★
two of my favourite things: healthy eating and atomic burger. now, one visits atomic burger not for nutritional value, but for its sheer nostalgic nerdtastic wonder. and of course for the crazy creative menu, which includes the frito bandito, a burger with nachos inside (yes actually.). i substitute the suggested cheese with pineapple (a key ingredient in another of their burgers, the big kahuna, making my order officially ‘frito bandito: kahuna variation.’ self-titled of course.) the result: gastronomical sorcery. thousands of miles away from my beloved burger joint, i recreated its glory at home with mama, using kris carr‘s crazy sexy kitchen veggie burger recipe. flavoured with sweet potato as a prime ingredient, it is my favourite veggie pattie yet. combine with a whole grain bun, tofutti sour cream, salt-free nachos, salsa, guacamole, and pineapple, and it’s possibly the most delicious thing ever. ★
as an experienced goal-setter, project-beginner, and goal- and project-abandoner, i have decided to start my own project (this is super exciting). because i am obsessed with making my life sparkle i title it the sparklify steps. the steps keep it simple, the sparkles keep it fashionable.
here’s the plan.
1. identify one easy thing you want to do every day. this is the tick list goal (american translation: checklist), because doing it makes you feel great, and ticking it off makes you feel accomplished.
2. compose a phrase to tell yourself when you’re stuck. this is the mantra, and it’s designed to put you back on track.
3. do your tick list goal every day for 21 days, and keep track (because who doesn’t love ticking things off?). mine is a text edit document numbered 1-21. i will add a ★ after each completed day. if you miss a day, start over.
3b. all the while, repeat your mantra. however many times a day you need it.
too often, i sleep in late or start the day off wrong, and these little things ruin the rest of my day (silly!). the mantra battles that feeling. focus on the now.
it may be tempting to wait for a defined starting point. a new day, week, month feels like a fresh start. but really, we can create fresh starts in each moment. start sparklifying today. make your own calendar. restart with each repetition of your mantra.
my first tick list goal: get fresh air every morning.
my first mantra: do what’s best.
to all my fellow goal-setters: good luck and keep going. ★
breakfast is without doubt the best meal of the day. whether it involves a simple bowl of cereal, a stack of american pancakes, or a full english assortment involving beans on toast, it is utterly delicious (the only requirement, of course, is tea). the wicked spoon buffet in vegas proves that for breakfast, anything goes. you can have dinner for breakfast, but breakfast for dinner is just silly. for my week at home i abandoned my usual muesli n’ soya combo for an owl-shaped pancake with chocolate chips for eyes. creativity and americana, all in one. delectable. ★