Steps

Today Kathleen (of Jeremy and Kathleen– a great design blog) posted about things she’s working toward: goals, intentions, long-term plans.  I love thinking about these kinds of things, especially since a lot of what I want is still in the process of being created.  I like planting seeds for the future.  I’m awful at having faith in these plans.

I do believe that the process of forming intentions is beneficial in and of itself.  A year and a half ago I started the Day Zero Project, which helps you make a list of 100 things you hope to accomplish in 30 days.  I’ve already made 50 of these things happen (with a little over a year to go), and I think that a lot of it fell into place by knowing what I wanted.

It’s hard to trust process.

Yesterday, over Mamacha at Namaste Cafe I started reading Creative, Inc: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business.  Emma of Emma Freeman Photography  (our wedding photographer extraordinaire) recommended it to Ben & I, and it’s really fantastic.  It’s nice to dream about putting together a business.  It’s nice to make plans. (And, meanwhile I can be inspired by my partner– who recently started a partnership with the Southern Theater!)

And, when I get sick of the business book, I turn to Molly Wizenberg’s A Homemade Life.  It’s fantastic- the perfect pairing of recipes with stories (even better the third time around), written by the blogger of Orangette fame.  And, if you look through her book or read through her blog, it becomes obvious that Molly had a lot of plans- and the confidence to make them happen.  I aspire.  (You really should read the book.)

In other news, I made some spicy pulled chicken with pinto beans, the first slow-cooker project.  Delicious.

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