Last night, I was inspired to make Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese. I’d seen it on at least a couple of blogs and ended up pinning the recipe. (Pinterest for keeping track of recipes and races = best.thing.ever.)
So, I pulled up the recipe and got to work. But I didn’t have butternut squash, so I substituted acorn squash. And I didn’t have gruyere or mozarrella, so I substituted a mexican mix. Dijon mustard? Nope, I didn’t have that either. What I ended up making only vaguely resembled the original recipe. But you know what? It was still really really good.
I realized as I was making the recipe that my method of following it was pretty much embraced my “life rules.”
1. Use what you’ve got – I’m the queen of making what I have work. Not enough time for a long run? Do a tempo. Weather sucks? Hit the treadmill. Need a break from running? Hit the gym.
2. Make it up as you go along – I might have a goal in mind, but I very seldom have a strict plan. I just try to make sure that the choices that I make move me in the right general direction.
3. Don’t be afraid to fail – I’ve come in near last in a race, I’ve fallen over a few times in yoga (ok, more than a few times), I’ve had complete and total technology failure in a webinar I was leading… But at least I try and sometimes I’ve found a strength or talent I didn’t know I had (or in this case, I had a really yummy dinner LOL)
4. Learn from your mistakes – Think about ways to do it better next time – Life is one big experiment. What can you do today to improve upon last time? (In this case, I think the mustard would have taken this from good to excellent.)
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