Mixed Berry Baked Oatmeal

April 13, 2017

Do you have a favorite way to keep track of your goals? Do you write them on sticky notes and post them on your bathroom mirror? Do you tell your friends and ask them to hold you accountable? Or do you spell them out with the magnetic letters on your fridge like you have since you were five years old? Whatever your way is, I want to know!

I am a planner of dreams. I am constantly thinking of ways to make life even better than it already is. From my recipes to my husband’s and my careers; from my wardrobe to my relationships, I love to set goals. And my favorite way to do so is to write them down in my shiny gold notebook! I use the calendar apps on my phone and computer, but most everything else is written down the old fashioned way. Each morning I jot down what I hope to accomplish that day, and once I have completed a task, checking it off is oh-so satisfying.

After my daily goals are set, I add in the weekly ones and include my commitments like lunch meetings and blog to-do’s. Also, about once a week, Wiley and I have an accountablity meeting. Recently we’ve started having our ‘meeting’ during a morning walk and it has been very successful. He’s been able to record more songs and make more videos and I’ve had a great sounding board for all of the grand ideas I have.

You might be saying to yourself, ‘Why do I need to know how Melissa plans her life?’, so here’s where this is going: Life can be hectic, chaotic and crazy but setting and meeting goals can help it all make sense. When I have a physical (or digital) list to work towards completing, I am so much better off than when I simply say to myself, ‘I’ll get this or that done… sometime’.

For instance, one of my big goals right now is to secure a book deal so that I can publish the cook book that I’ve been working on. But there are a million little steps I have to take to get there. Emails must be sent, paragraphs must be edited and recipes must be tested. I think about it all the time and could work myself to pieces trying to make it happen. But if I lost sleep over the bigger picture, stayed up until 2:00 am every night, and stressed about it constantly would I be happy? No! Eventually, I would probably come to hate the thought of it altogether. So, I look to my list. Each day, I take a small step toward my bigger goals until I get to look back and see that every little check mark counts.

I would love to know how you operate. Comment in the section below, so I can hear about your favorite ways to plan. Who knows? Maybe they’ll make their way into my life too!

Let’s move on to this super tasty baked oatmeal that is one of my favorites for breakfast, snack, dessert or really any time I’m hungry! I combined a few different berries in this dish plus a few superfood seeds and the combination is super satisfying. Easter is coming up this weekend and I think this would be the perfect breakfast before church on Sunday! Y’all enjoy!

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