I hope everyone had a wonderful Turkey Day! You know what made this year different for me? I cooked! I made four appetizers: shredded brussels sprouts with lemon and poppy seeds, parmesan cheese artichoke dip, spicy shrimp cucumber boats, and mango and radish salad with lime dressing. I learned that if I had a food processor, my prep time would have been cut down significantly. I only used the stove to saute the brussels sprouts so not sure if that was really cooking, but I think my family was pretty impressed. Everything turned out yummy and Dean’s been eating the leftovers. Hooray! I can’t wait for my new show on the Food Network.
Anyhow, instead of thinking how thankful I am once a year, I actually make it a daily habit. Every morning when I get into work, I write down in a pretty notebook what I’m thankful for. It usually has something to do with the previous day (i.e., I’m thankful for my awesome book club or I’m thankful for my business school friends who come from all over the world). Below that, I write three things that I expect to accomplish that day. This is a tactic I read in a blog (that she got from the book the 4-Hour Workweek) because it’s so easy to get carried away with responding to emails or voicemails that you forget about the things you really need to accomplish. For example, I’ll write, “1. Blog, 2. Return the Anthropologie blouse, 3. Research Shanghai hotspots.”
I can’t believe the year is almost over. It’s scary how fast time flies. It’s scary that I leave for China in one day. Very excited