I have absolutely no business shopping at Urban Outfitters. But, the store was the only one still open while my husband and I waited for a table at the neighboring restaurant. We get a good laugh at the funny t-shirts they have and the topical books and tchotchkes but other than that Urban Outfitters is not the place for this suburban mom.
A cookbook – of all things – caught my eye as we were getting ready to leave. I’m a huge cookbook collector. I have my favorites on display in my kitchen and the others stashed where ever I have room. Do I cook the recipes from them? Hardly ever. I do bake a few recipes here and there but only as time permits. I cook minute meals, people. Dinners that don’t require a ton of prep or ingredients. Does my family deserve better? Probably.
Anyway, the book is called “What to Cook & How to Cook it” by Jane Hornby. To be honest, the green book jacket is what grabbed me because the accent color in my new kitchen is this green. I flipped through and it had beautiful photography and a variety of recipes. I’m sure I’ll buy it eventually and it will look pretty in my glass cabinet.
I also do something similar with cooking magazines. I have subscriptions to Cooking Light and Everyday Food. Not a whole lot of cooking done from these magazines either. But my intentions are good, so I keep them. Stacks and stacks of magazines that I’ll eventually toss out. Totally a waste.
So, you thought this post was about cookbooks and magazines, right? Well, it’s not. It’s actually about intention. At the end of last year I participated in #Reverb11 which was basically a reflection of 2011 and what I accomplished. What I realized was that I didn’t accomplish much. I couldn’t name even five things I could say “YES! I DID THIS!” What I concluded was that I hadn’t set any real goals last year. I lived that entire year without much intention.
Yesterday, I received a comment from a reader on one of my #Reverb11 posts. The commenter wrote the following: “Goal achievements and accomplishments are paramount. Would love to hear more about what great things you are doing, not aspiring to do. Have an intention. Achieve the intention.”
I can’t shake this comment. She’s definitely right. My word for 2012 is “proceed” but my my motto now is “proceed with intent.” Because what’s the point of proceeding if you aren’t doing it with intent?