This has been a week of both catching up and getting ahead. I had a week-long break from my studies, so I made sure to get some of my "real life" projects done before classes resume tomorrow. I can hardly believe that the month of February will wrap up in this week ahead and that soon we will move onto March. The end of winter is in sight.
I've felt incredibly inspired this winter. There will always be projects I want to take on and parts of my life that I would love to improve on, but I've been thankful for the way that inspiration has manifested in my life over the past couple of months. I started the new year out on a really high note with no real expectation that the euphoria of a new year would play out for very long. But it has. And it has grown. I've found myself to be very intentional about setting goals, and so far those goals have inspired me and pushed me in beautiful new ways. Just a little note of gratitude over here.
On another note, these are some of the things from the past week that I have been chewing over.
1. I received this cookbook as a gift over two years ago. It is one of those cookbooks that are just so beautiful, you end up displaying it on your "pretty book shelf" instead of putting it to good use. The photography is stunning and the recipes are full of variety, but I just never managed to open it up until now. I was looking for some new recipes to try, so I thumbed through and saved a few. I made a couple different ones - all quite delicious - but by far loved the pizza recipe with barbecue chicken, chorizo sausage, and carmalized onions the best. The French-Canadian author, Marilou Champagne, has a great blog with a beautiful recipe index in case you want to try out some of her delicious creations.
2. As you know, I've been trying to find alternative treat recipes that don't use refined sugar, as I gave up sugar for Lent. I just found this video recipe for homemade ice-cream sweetened with dates and can't wait to try it out. My mouth is already drooling just thinking about it.
3. I really enjoyed this podcast this week about learning to pray. I've been a Christ-follower for a long time, but I have come to realize that prayer is something I really struggle with in my faith. I really enjoyed Bruxy's teaching on the topic and am inspired to try to implement some of his suggestions into my own daily routine to transform the way I connect with God through prayer. As a side note, if you have any sort of interest in faith, whether you are already a believer or not, I strongly suggest scouring through The Meeting House teaching archives. Seriously.
4. My graphic design school program is completely online, and obviously graphic design by nature is a computer-based industry, so to say I spend a lot of time staring at a computer screen is understatement of the year. To mark the half-way point of my program at the end of March, I've decided to treat myself to a pair of these beautifully stylish computer glasses. They block out the harmful blue-light that screens omit and also help reduce glare. I am excited to see how they help me feel at the end of a long day of working at my computer - I've read only great things so far.
5. I am crazy over the type and lettering design work of this designer, Mark Van Leeuwen. His stuff is incredible and crazy inspiring.
Have a wonderful last week of February!