After a cranky re-entry, our family is settling into being back home in Seattle after spending a month in Iowa.
(For the backstory on what brought us to the heartland, read my previous newsletter here. Short version: grandparents!)
As a reflection on our great pandemic-times experiment to get away, I wanted to share with you...
5 things I learned in Iowa
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When you think of the phrase “self care”, what comes to mind?
A spa trip? Weekend getaway with friends? A vacation that involves palm trees and the beach?
It absolutely can be. (And oh, how good these sound!)
But that’s not all that self care is, and it could be the one crucial thing you might be getting wrong.
What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while.
Effective self care doesn’t have to be huge. It doesn’t have to involve plane tickets. It doesn’t even have to be perfect (or even completely kid-free).
Self care - in your everyday, dirty-dishes, carpool-line, crumbs-on-the-floor life - can help you feel amazing even when you’re not sitting poolside with a drink and a juicy novel.
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🚨 I MADE ASIAN FOOD IN IOWA! 🚨
(For the backstory on what brought me to the heartland, read the last newsletter here.)
I always miss Asian food terribly but get too psyched out to make it when I'm here.
I don't know how to make rice without a rice cooker and I get insecure that someone won't like how it tastes and I'll take it personally.
But I VOWED to cook Asian food while I was here so I didn't rush home desperate to eat rice.
So. Very proud of facing my fears to make this Gai Yang (Thai grilled chicken) dinner with the help of Greg (who grilled) and my MIL (who made the rice...I'm still intimidated to make it on the stove - taking advice if you have any!).
Yes, it meant buying sweet chili sauce at Hy-Vee (local grocery chain).
Yes, it meant using most of a bottle of fish sauce.
Yes, it meant using my bare hands to massage chicken thighs with a fish-saucy marinade right in my in-laws' kitchen.
And it was totally worth it.
The chicken was so tasty, and I could've drank the peanut sauce straight out of the bowl. 😜
Today #braveselfcare looked like standing in my identity as an Asian American, food lover and voracious home cook!
I told Greg, "It feels like a personal milestone."
I feel emboldened to keep being myself in this new environment.
(And my father-in-law even asked how I made the peanut sauce. :)
If you liked this story, you might enjoy the comments section on the Instagram version (click/tap to read). Lots of you resonated!
To being brave in the kitchen and beyond,
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