Maybe you make a new year's resolution, or a goal. Or maybe you just think about making some life improvement. Following a trend in our culture with one word titles for just about everything, I've come up with my new word for this year: UPGRADE. I have to give the credit to my daughter, really. Sometime in November we were talking on the phone about a nutrition class she was taking through her yoga studio. Included in the class was a tour of Whole Foods and recommendations for products to replace our fatty, sugary unhealthy food choices. I agreed with her and told her of a recent change I had made in a standard meal at our house, and she said "YOU UPGRADED! That's what they call it in my class. Don't say diet food, say you made an upgrade!"
I really like the whole idea of the word UPGRADE.
In terms of UPGRADING your life, it's a step up. Doing something better than what you did before. Trading in the old for the new. Telling yourself when it's hard that this is a good choice. Whether it's a diet, or habits or time management, give yourself an UPGRADE because you are worth taking care of...maybe it's your relationship with God, maybe a financial goal, whatever it is that you feel in your heart needs to be attended to, do it. Call it an UPGRADE.
So you may see this word occasionally on the blog this year. I've decided to UPGRADE a few family recipes and meals to reflect better choices. This is going to be a little more effort than my Soup of the week feature I did last year! That took some time choosing a recipe, buying ingredients, and of course, making it, but this will require a little more thought and acceptance from the family of these changes. Should be fun.