Sunday, April 23, 2017

Menu Plan: April 23 - April 29 {and Setting Boundaries}

Looking for dinner inspiration? Here's what I've planned for dinner at our house this week!

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By nature, I'm someone who offers to help whenever (and wherever) I can. I'm also someone who doesn't pause to consider the consequences of offering my time and energy. If I know I'm helping someone, then that's usually enough for me.

But lately, I've realized how much my willingness to jump in has taken its toll. I've been trying to use my discretion more often. Especially since I know that, come August, I won't have too much extra to give.

Instead, I've been carving out time for myself and making more of an effort to take care of myself. I'm setting boundaries that are more distinct and allowing myself to unplug so I can focus on me and my needs. Every now and then, though, I do feel guilty about letting a task go undone or letting a message go unanswered... but I suppose, in time, I won't think twice about it anymore.

It's one thing to make myself available to those who need me, but it's another to stretch myself too thin. I can already see how these changes in my behavior have affected my mood. Since I'm able to focus more on what's important to me, prioritizing my to-do list is easier than it's been in a long time.

Take, for example, this week's menu plan. I devoted time to planning our meals, creating my grocery list, and going grocery shopping. More importantly, I set aside time to write this blog post.  Not once did I feel stressed or rushed or worried about having time to do everything else on my list.

This, my friends, is definitely a step in the right direction.

Menu Plan: April 23 - April 29


Sunday

Salisbury Steak with Mushrooms and Buttered Egg Noodles

Monday

Mexican Stuffed Peppers (from Claire's Corner Copia Cookbook)

Tuesday


Wednesday

Stephen's Choice

Thursday


Friday

Pizza with Italian Sausage and Bell Peppers

Saturday

Leftovers / Take-Out

What's for dinner at YOUR house this week?

Thinking of starting a menu planning routine? Check out my previous menu plans, as well as these helpful meal planning tips.

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