Busy. There’s that word again. We all use it, right? All the time. “How are you?” “SO BUSY!” You say it to your friends, your family, your co-workers, and they all say the same in return. There’s been a lot of negative spin on our use of the term to describe our lives – and while I agree that we could all be more creative in describing our day to day, I’m not going to get all negative about it. To me, it means that many of us want to live life to the fullest. Work, fitness, family, hobbies, even the odd much-needed Netflix marathon on a rainy day. It’s all good and it all needs to happen – but the important thing is that we don’t get overwhelmed by it all.
Until just a couple years ago, I was that busy (there’s that word again), young urban professional juggling so many things – a career in TV, plus a passion for fitness that I turned into a second additional career as a Pilates instructor, a busy social life, family, a husband and so on. Places to go, things to do 24/7. Fast forward to now….and the only difference (other than being 2 years less young, wink) is that I now have a son (and might I say, a ridiculously adorable and fun one as well). So basically subtract zero of all that stuff (because I still make time for ALL of it, social life included) but basically ADD A WHOLE BUNCH OF OTHER STUFF TO DO. Toddler soccer on Saturday mornings (yes this is a thing), zillions of trips to the park, plus the everyday intense schedules of morning routines and dinner, bath, and bedtime. It’s all wonderful, but there is never a break from it. No just getting home and sitting down with a glass of wine. Pretty much ever. So now, I am just busier than I was before. My point is that whether you have kids or don’t, I get it. Because I’ve been in both places recently enough to know what it’s like. We all seem to need another hour or two in the day and days to the week – and please let’s make it an extra Saturday not an extra Monday.
So back to not getting overwhelmed, the trick is to edit. I learned to do this as a producer – but it can be tough. To step back look at your to-do list or schedule with an eye that is as critical and objective as possible and decide where you can trim things here and there and delegate things that are worth saving time on. This is where life goes from chaotic to harmonious – and it can be pretty magical. For instance – I don’t have time for hour-long workouts every day. So some days I do High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) – which is training hard with both cardio and strength training moves, but in more compact workouts. Saves time, and is extremely effective.
When it comes to food…. well, I really love food. I talk about it on TV, I write about it. And of course, I love to eat it. And I do love to cook – though I will give props to my husband for being a better cook than I am. But I don’t really always have time to shop and cook and prep. This is where Chefs Plate comes in. It’s pretty magical. Trust me on this one, because I am picky when it comes to the quality and taste of my food – and it is good. This is how it works: go online, pick which meals you want for the week, and they deliver the ingredients to your door with the step-by-step recipes and most of the prep work done. I love that they use Canadian-sourced ingredients as much as possible. It’s so important to know the source of what we’re eating. The meals are balanced in nutrients, easy to prepare, and really flavourful. There are vegetarian options, and all the animal sources are antibiotic and hormone-free so really there is something for almost everyone. AND – there are plans to feed either two people or families, so whether your life is more like mine two years ago (no kids), or mine now (kid), there are delicious options for you.
Don’t waste your time grocery shopping, wondering what the heck to eat for dinner, or doing endless prep work. Have fun cooking! Have fun and cook with your partner, or roommate, or bestie…. OR if you have kids, have them help you and show them how to (safely) cook dinner. My son’s not quite two and we’re already showing him how we make food, because we think it’s important for him to understand. It’s a great bonding activity and let’s face it – it’s a major life skill to understand how to cook a great, nutritiously-balanced meals. It creates a healthy relationship with food. You’ll thank you now and they will thank you later.
And there you have it…. the difference between pulling-my-hair-out kind of busy and busy in a good way busy. A little editing goes a long way.
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