No one is perfect.

November 29th, 2010 · Lisa · restaurant review, Review, vegan mofo · Comments

Life is crazy – we fill it with “to-dos”, “shoulds”, and “promises”.

For many of us the busyness is self induced. There are obligations of course, bills to pay and a world to discover, but the everyday challenges are often created by our own expectations. Sometimes I wish I would give myself a break, sleep in, put my feet up and just let the earth turn without me spinning it on my shoulders.

I was away all weekend, returned to an empty fridge, a bag full of laundry, and a 5 am wake up call. I didn’t let it get to me. I found enough pantry items to fill a bowl of goodness for breakfast and saved my last apple for a mid-morning snack. After a budget meeting, a minister’s briefing and a few dozen emails I decided to sign-out and take myself out for lunch.

There are days that escaping the office is just not possible and I am very committed to packing my lunch. But, today, with a half-hour window, and no lunch provisions to turn to, I skipped over to Rawlicious for a relaxing meal. I could have spent the same amount of time standing in line and running back to eat take-out at my desk – this was a far superior choice.

I ordered a large salad with ginger date dressing. I bet you could have predicted that, huh? The food was great, nourishing and filling. The time spent away from my desk felt decadent.

With the afternoon schedule to tackle I picked up a chocolate/vanilla macaroon and banana nut cookie. Both sweet but not cloying. A nice balance of flavours and textures.

Wednesday marks the beginning of what is the busiest month of the year for most of us (exhausted Vegan MoFoers excluded). ย Here is my advice (which I will try to internalize as well): Don’t try to make it perfect. Don’t be perfect and don’t expect perfection. Be generous, accept love and have fun.

Perfectly shaped cookies do not taste better than their more rustic friends. Have fun baking. Let the kids stir and shape cookies for friends, neighbours and family. Be accepting of baked goods of all shapes and sizes ๐Ÿ™‚

A perfectly clean and decorated home does not mean that people feel welcomed and loved when they visit. Don’t wait to invite people over until you get you act together. Spend time with your friends. Your friends want to see YOU – they don’t care if your dryer is running while you chat over tea, or if the cookbooks are alphabetized. They want to connect…with you.

Being the perfect host, with the perfect outfit, the perfectly toned arms, carrying the perfect tray of perfect petits fours does not make for the party of the year. People can never appreciate your effort enough if you spend the enter day striving for perfect. Host a potluck, go sledding, get covered in cookie dough, and laugh at yourself.

I hope you all had a lovely monday full of laughter and joy.

Tomorrow is the last day of Vegan MoFo. I hope you’ve been following along. It has been a brilliant month of innovative recipe ideas, twists on tradition and flavourful finds.

8 Comments

  1. Posted November 30, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Lucky you having a wonderful raw lunch spot near the office. I can't imagine how you are working and full time mofo'ing. When I worked (albeit too much) I barely got in a blog post a week.

    It's been so fun reading your mofo posts!

  2. Posted November 30, 2010 at 11:04 am

    I'm so glad you treated yourself to lunch yesterday! The salad and desserts you got from Rawlicious look incredible. I'm definitely going to have to visit the restaurant very soon.

    I used to consider myself a perfectionist, but I have learned that it's the imperfections that can make life interesting. Thank you for your beautiful MoFo posts this month, Lisa.

  3. Posted November 30, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Sweet Lisa it's so true! I am my worst critic and I push myself harder than anyone else. I'll try to not worry about it all, and I thank you for reminding us to just "be".
    Thank you for all your wonderful MoFo posts – they've been inspired, and I've loved them all!

  4. Posted November 30, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    That is wonderful advice. I think that we all get a little caught up in making everything just right, that we forget to actually enjoy the holidays! TIme to focus less on being perfect, and more on being HAPPY.

  5. Posted November 30, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Well said. When we try so hard to make everything perfect, we don't even get to enjoy this time and take it all in. This coming month, I shall endeavor to take the time to breathe, to look around and behold and listen to the laughter of my friends and family. Thanks Lisa.

  6. Posted December 3, 2010 at 5:12 am

    Great advice, and important the rest of the year too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Posted December 11, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    That salad looks amazing! I love your photos- what type of camera do you use?

  8. Posted December 14, 2010 at 5:54 am

    You are all so sweet.

    Melinda, it is a Nikon D5000 – I'm still learning how to use it but I have fun playing.

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