I read somewhere that it's good practice to list all of your accomplishments and to reflect on them as you move forward into the next stage of your life. It helps to keep a good attitude for the future.
What did you overcome this year?
Lack of motivation. As a writer, sometimes I feel like I have a lot to say but don't know how to put it in words, other times I really want to work on something but am drained and have no direction. My brain gets overwhelmed with all kinds of thoughts and just shuts down. Not only in writing, but in everyday life. So I smacked myself out of it, and got it together. It'll probably never go away, but I've acknowledged the problem, and am working on bettering myself.
What were your daily habits and rituals?
My weekday routine is always a rushed frenzy, (something else I definitely need to work on), and on the weekends, I try to take time to do small things that'll benefit my day. I make it a goal to wake up as early as possible, go to yoga, focus on "me time", take a long walk or read before bed. They aren't the same things every day, but I try to make them as habitual as possible.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin - It's a pretty popular book but in case you don't know, Gretchen wakes up and realizes one day that she's not living her life to the fullest and she decides to embark on a project researching different strategies to improve her quality of life. It's a great book about how treating yourself and others better can make a big impact. Definitely a great read.
What did you focus on most?
Trying to improve my health. When your body is happy, your mind can be happy.
What was your favorite compliment you received this year?
I'm horrible at receiving compliments - I always manage to push them away or look disinterested when I'm actually really thankful. Awkward. But anytime someone tells me they've enjoyed reading my blog, it's really just the best feeling. To know that people are interested and responding to what I'm doing is a wonderful thing.
Do more yoga, get more fresh air, remain positive. Just try to take care of myself better.
What did you do for the first time this year?
I embraced trying new things and let go of bad habits. I've done plenty of experimenting, and stepping out of my comfort zone.
What was the best purchase you made this year?
I cherish books the most. My apartment has a book shelf that's filled entirely with cookbooks, autobiographies, biographies, you name it. The most important to me that I bought this year, is Provence. It's the first book that really inspired me to start writing about food, and create this blog. And it launched my love for culinary icons like Julia Child, James Beard and M.K. Fisher. A HUGE life changing moment.
These apple tarts are the perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert and are so simple!
I had some left over pie dough sitting in our fridge, and apples piling over in our fruit bowl which were pretty much screaming at me to use them. Buttery pastry with a crunch and warm apples drizzled in honey covered in pecans...it's something that will make you close your eyes and smile when you take a bite.
So what are things that make you guys happy? Are there things that you've noticed from this past year that you're proud of or are looking forward to improving in the months to come?
Happy snacking everyone!
Honey Apple Tarts
Makes 5 tarts
1 sheet pie crust dough
2 apples, sliced in roughly 1/4 inch thick pieces
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Line a baking sheet with wax paper, set aside.
1. Divide the pie dough into 6 squares, rolling and shaping the dough so they're each around 5x5 inches. Place them on the baking sheet.
2. In a small bowl, take the apple slices and cover them in the lemon juice and honey. Put about 5-6 slices on each piece of pastry dough.
3. Sprinkle the tarts evenly with the sugar and the salt. Place in the oven and bake until the edges are browned; usually 15-20 minutes, depending on the heating of your oven. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!