When I was in high school, I came across a life philosophy that fit my over achiever lifestyle: "The more you do, the more you can do." It worked for me for a long time. I sincerely loved being busy and setting challenging goals one right after another.
And then I turned 40 and the desire to over achieve left me. Almost instantly. I no longer wanted to be on every committee or even on any committee. I really wanted to do less, but enjoy it more. I took a really deep breath and told my friends braced for condemnation. And learned a valuable life lesson--my friends loved me not for what I did for everyone, but for who I am. It was humbling and freeing. I have never felt so loved.
After some happy tears and sad tears, I decided on a new life plan:
Just a couple of days after I made this decision, I came across this cookbook:
It reinforced my belief in this plan and made my life much easier. I was amazed at how many great dishes I could make quickly and simply with just 5 ingredients. And my family loved them!
This week I am taking the philosophy to my scrapping. I am printing out photos today and setting them on my scrap desk. Tomorrow I am adding only 5 items to complete the page. I will be back on Thursday to show you what I can do when I take 5. Want to play along? I would love to have you!