Should you ditch your goals? (for a bit)

I’ve been feeling stagnant lately. Inspiration for my next book has stalled, and I don’t believe in forcing productivity. Instead, I’m learning to listen. What sounds fun? What’s brought me joy lately?

Easy… COOKING! I seem to be most happy on days I spend time in the kitchen.

For years I thought about starting a video channel on cooking, healthy eating, improving our relationship with food, but I always had a good reason not to do it. I’m not a great cook, just okay. I lean heavily on the healthy side, so my food may not taste great to others and I’m scared to cook for friends. So why should I be the one sharing? (My neighbor did say I made the best butternut squash soup she’s ever had!)

But the more I thought about it, the more exciting it sounded! More than anything else in the last couple of months. So Saturday.. I started!

Often we think we have to have a solid reason to do something.. we have to be skilled or experienced. It should lead to self-improvement, a new business idea, financial gain. After all, our time is precious.

Ya know what – screw it! I think we ought to spend more time doing things just for the sake of JOY. Ultimately I feel we’re meant to have fun in life. But that’s often last on the priority list.

When’s the last time you read a book just for fun? Or moved your body because it felt good?

How would it feel to just stop working toward goals and progress for a moment and listen to what sounds joyful?

I don’t know if my new cooking channel will lead anywhere. Maybe it will “cure” my stagnation and re-inspire momentum on my next book. Maybe not. It doesn’t matter because that’s not the point. The point is to have fun, and that is certainly working 🙂

The first video isn’t ready yet so here’s a couple snaps from my first shoot today making falafel from scratch!!! My friend who was lucky enough to sample said they were better than any restaurant falafel she ever had!

What have YOU been finding most joyful lately? Leave a comment below and let me know!

To joy just for the heck of it,
Jessica

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