I’m not a chef or someone who really enjoys cooking. I’m lucky my husband enjoys preparing our meals and does so the majority of the time. That being said, we both work full-time, commute to and from the office, and have a young son. We were looking for ways to streamline our evenings when a coupon arrived in our mailbox for a popular meal delivery service. We had both been commenting for months about how we were making the same meals week after week so we decided, why not try it? We figured at the very least we’ll try some new recipes. Next thing we knew, a big box arrived on our doorstep with all the ingredients needed for three delicious meals along with step-by-step instructions for prepping and cooking the food. There were pictures along with the instructions to make it even more dummy proof. When the box arrived, I volunteered to cook our first meal. This was definitely outside my comfort zone, but knowing I had all the ingredients and the easy-to-follow guide, I thought I’d give it a try.
So, I set the mood by putting on jazz music and dove into trying this new way of cooking. It may have taken me longer than suggested for the prep time and slightly longer with the actual cooking time, but the meal turned out fantastic! Now that we have a few weeks under our belt, I can confidently say I can create some wonderful meals. The reason this delivery service is working for us, and for me in particular, is that it’s easy. It comes complete with everything we need. But more importantly, there is a system. All I have to do is follow the instructions, trust the process, and voilà – I’ve prepared a delicious meal for my family. On top of that, I’m gaining confidence in the kitchen, something I’ve always told myself I’m not good at doing.
It’s not often a box shows up on your doorstep with everything you need, but this one is working for me. Why am I sharing this with all of you? It is not to endorse a meal delivery service – quite the opposite in fact. What I want to impart is what I have learned from this new adventure in cooking. Before we started this process, our evenings were stressful and we had gotten into a rut of making the same meals over and over again. Instead of staying in our bland rut, we found a new way to reduce stress while also adding flavor! Are there areas in your life or your business where you’re stuck in a rut and not happy with the results? Does it require doing something outside of your comfort zone to try something new? I encourage you to look at what is potentially draining your energy or something you are doing a certain way simply because that is the way it has always been done. Hopefully you’ll pick up new skills and have more enjoyment in your day-to-day life.
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