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I am one of those Type A personalities, who enjoys creativity. Is that a thing?
I typically use my phone to keep track of events, to-do lists, but lately I’ve found that I need to organize my thoughts more through pen and paper. The only trouble I have with pen and paper is that either the papers get lost or the notebook lack organization. I can’t tell you how many half finished notebooks I have in my possession.
I’ve been seeing bullet journal all over instagram for the last little while, so I decided to look into it. It’s quite a smart organization system in what it’s trying to achieve. What I like about it is that it is flexible for your needs. If you want to be super creative, there’s room for that, if you want it to be a series of lists, there’s room for that and everything in between those two extremes. It’s not a novel idea, but the popularity of it has been credited to Ryder Carrol. It is described as a Rapid logging system to help “Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future”. There’s tutorials and such on their website Bullet Journal. You can bet that I invested in a new notebook and some pens for this!
I’ve always liked the idea of being able to have all my thoughts, and to-dos in one place. So last week, I bit the bullet (pun intended) and started my own bullet journal. I did spend a significant amount of my time on it last week, which meant that I didn’t finish reading any books (oops!).
These two tasks were rather time consuming last week, as a result I’ve got only a few updates on other fronts but true to habit, here’s what I’ve been up to!
Recipes I’ve tried this week
Spaghetti squash & Turkey meatballs: As a result of my love of baking, we’ve had no shortage of sweets around the house. To combat that, we’re trying to eat a bit healthier, at least reduce the carb intake. This was one of my Keto favourites, spaghetti squash. It’s surprising the vegetable so closely resembles really thin noodles. They have almost no taste, so make sure you pair it with a sauce that’s rich in flavour! If you need directions on how to cook your spaghetti squash check out the directions from the Kitchn for the Oven or the Instant Pot
- Spaghetti squash fritters: Spaghetti squash is actually quite filling, so I found myself with too much left over. I made some fritters and topped it with a fried egg for breakfast on Sunday – gourmet brunch if I say so myself!
- Pizza – with garlic white sauce – by the time it was the weekend, that healthy eating train had left, so we indulged in homemade pizza, but instead of tomato sauce it was topped with a garlic white sauce. I made a simple roux, with too much garlic, and more milk than usually to make it saucy .
Ramblings on media (books, documentaries, podcasts etc.) that left an impact on me this week.
- Stay Here – Netflix – It’s no secret that Netflix has a ton of shows that suck you in! One of them is Stay Here, It’s a show that educates property owners on how to turn their short-term rentals into moneymaking business operations. This show gets you hooked! I’m pretty sure I watched the whole season in a span of two days. Every episode follows a pattern: design, operations (what’s the guest experience), marketing (mostly SEO, on social media and of course a hashtag). The properties themselves were pretty cool though: there was a houseboat in Seattle, a vineyard in California, and a firehouse in DC among them. I’d recommend it if you have some time to kill!
- Podcasts – HBR After hours
I recently started listening to this podcast which is presented by 3 Harvard Business School professors, who talk about issues in business and culture. They often discuss opposing viewpoints on the same issues. They talk about the equity markets, economics, politics and other prevalent issues affecting our society today such as Uber, Netflix, Social Credit system in China, Crime in Latin America. At the end of the show, they also each present a pick of the week, such as a show, music, app etc. that they’d recommend. Give it a listen if these are the topics that interest you!