I am always ready to learn, though I do not always like being taught. – Winston Churchill
Choosing a ‘word of the year’ is something that’s been going around the blogosphere for awhile now. I was inspired to do the same, on a whim, when Wardee shared her word and asked who else had chosen one word to focus on for the year. Right then, I decided that I would do it. And my word would be Learn.
I want to learn so much this year, about so many things.
I want to learn more about my God – who He is, what He wants me to do, how He wants me to live. l want to learn to love Him more. I want to learn more about using herbs to stay healthy, by taking the Family Herbalist course from the School Of Natural Healing. I want to learn how to use my camera in manual mode, instead of Aperture Priority. I want to learn how to give my body the nutrients it needs for optimal health. I want to learn how to successfully lacto-ferment and enjoy eating what I’ve made. I want to learn how to make macarons. I want to learn how to manage my time better. I want to learn how to manage my money better. I want to learn as many of the things on this list that I don’t already know how to do, like how to butcher a chicken. I want to learn to enjoy gardening. I want to learn… learn so many things. I want to end the year with more wisdom and knowledge that I started it with.
What about you?
psst – I’m doing a photo project again this year – shooting on the even dates. see them on my flickr photostream
As I’ve mentioned before, I quite like a good cup of coffee. Usually black, but occasionally I’ll get a hankering for a latte or cappuccino, and sometimes I’ll give in to myself and buy one from Sheetz or Starbucks, ignoring the voice of reason that says “but Lindsey, those things are full of non-real food, processed junk!”
A few years ago I purchased a Bialetti Moka pot,* and I’ve used it every so often to make myself a specialty coffee, along with a rotary beater to froth the milk a bit. It works, but frankly it’s quite inconvenient. So I decided I’d start saving up for a nice electric espresso maker with a frothing wand. I didn’t need anything too fancy, just something a bit easier and faster to use, so I could have a nice cuppa made with real food ingredients like raw milk, homemade syrups, and natural sweeteners.
However, it seemed like every time I’d saved enough extra money for one, some other unexpected expense required my attention (that’s adulthood for ya) and I’d have to start all over again. I’d check Target when I went in just in case they were on sale, and a few times I almost bought one at the regular price, but I decided it wasn’t a priority and I could wait a bit longer.
Yesterday, we went to a few thrift shops in town, as I am looking for a pair of silver sandals to wear at my friend’s wedding. I didn’t find any shoes, but I found a few nice tops, and as I was standing in line to check out, the thought popped into my head that I should check and see if they had an espresso machine. Now, I don’t know why, but I never really thought to look for one at thrift shops before… but I looked over at the shelf where the appliances were and there it was!
I walked over to check the price tag, figuring it would be about $20 based on what I know this model retails for. I took a look at the sticker – and what a surprise! $7.50! I checked the manual and all the parts were there, and even though I didn’t know if it would work or not, it came home with me on the hope that if it didn’t work, the previous owners would have just recycled it or thrown it out, rather than donating it. I had the chance to try it out today, and yes! It works!
I think there’s a little lesson in my thrift store find story. It may seem a rather silly thing, but I believe the Lord knew I wanted one, so He provided this to bless me. It’s not something I needed, not even something I deserved, but He did it anyway, because He knew it’d make me happy. Isn’t He Wonderful?
If you’ve come over from The Nourishing Gourmet – welcome!
A guest blogger/contributor? Who, me?
Yes! I’m so very excited to be working with the lovely Kimi of The Nourishing Gourmet! I’ve been a reader of hers for a long time now and have found her posts on traditional foods very informative and encouraging along my journey to healthful living.
I’m excited about this opportunity, largely because of the encouragement and accountability it will provide me as I continue on this path to a traditional foods diet. I still feel that I have a long way to go, but if I’m going to be “preaching” it, I’d better be living it as much as possible!
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