How to make your plate bigger
By healmama on June 13, 2014
The simple answer? You don't need to. Whatever your plate size, whatever you can handle -- without going insane or coo-coo, is okay.
THANK YOU, SOCIAL MEDIA!
What would we have done without Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest? How in the world would our parties and organizing be as fabulous as they are now? It seems as though social media has put some pressure on women to "perform." And that is in addition to all the comparing that women naturally tend to do even without pictures and comments to compare ourselves too.
I love Pinterest, and I love Instagram. . . but there have been many times that partaking and being on there was doing me more harm, than good. I've had to step away.
FOCUS ON WHAT IS ON YOUR PLATE. AND DO IT WELL.
When I was training everyday for my kettlebell certification, I remember people telling me they wish they had time to do something like that. The truth is, the reason I had time for it, was because it was one of the couple things on my plate, after getting my kids fed. My house was a mess, I wasn't playing in a band anymore, I wasn't keeping up with laundry. It was what was on my plate, and my time and energy went into it.
My point is this -- whatever you choose or have to put on your plate -- embrace it and do it well. There are different seasons for different plate sizes, but we can embrace whatever size plate we have and choose to enjoy the things that are on our tiny/medium/huge plates.
PICK THE TOP ONE TWO THINGS TO FOCUS ON
My husband always tells me that I want to do too many things. I want a dog, I want to school my kids, I want to teach essential oil classes, I want to organize conferences, start new businesses, go back to school, etc. I don't have time to do all these different things. That doesn't mean that I won't be able to do all of these things someday, it just means -- not everything right now.
Picking the top things to put on your plate may be a given, or it may need some prayer and lists made. I know for myself, my top priority is my family -- to stay close and connected with them. This means that I have to say no to some other things during the week and weekend, so that we have the chance to spend time together. I still struggle with saying "no" to people, but the more I've done it, the more freedom I feel to say "no".
GET RID OF THE STUFF ON YOUR PLATE THAT DOESN'T NOURISH YOU OR TASTE GOOD
If we have a salad plate in front of us, and we have one chance to fill it up and take it back to our table, some of us may pick one entree to focus on. Or some of us may fill it up with little bits of everything -- because we want to try everything. One way to actually make more room on your plate will be to get rid of the sides that don't need to be there. You wouldn't take the parsley that is there for decoration and load them on your plate. If you can take the extra fluff off, you'll have more room for the entrees or side dishes that you actually want, that will actually fill you up, and nourish you.
Do you have a small, medium or large plate? Is there anything that you would like to add to your plate and need to make room for? Or is there anything that you want to take off? Leave a comment.
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