Lessons Learned – Patience and Green Tea

Lessons Learned_patience and green tea

Living and learning. The more we live the more we learn, unless we are living under a rock I suppose. It is hard to miss the different things that are happening in the world today, it seems each minute that there is something new to know.

Each week I am planning to post about the lessons that I have learned from the previous week. My goal is to be able to go back to different situations that I encountered, see how I handled them, and see how I grow and change as each week progresses. Hopefully others will be able to learn from my experiences as well!

1. Green Tea Fusion

I just discovered this today. Right now, as I am writing this post actually. I am with Ben at one of our local coffee shops, and sipping down this drink (that’s a lie actually…I’ve been here for maybe 15 minutes and it’s already gone).  This is a magic blend of green tea, fresh fruit, and ice. I will definitely be making this at home all the time now.

Mango Green Tea Fusion
Green Tea Fusion – green tea blended with mango.

2. Saving Money by Not Planning Meals

In my head planning our meals out for the week and then purchasing what we needed to make those meals was the most cost effective way to go about grocery shopping. I was wrong. Recently I have become very lazy with meal planning. Rather than sifting through my numerous cookbooks to pick the perfect recipe for each day of the week, I buy blindly.

Because I am not buying things for a specific recipe, our grocery bill has gone down quite a bit. When I am buying things that I know we like, and that I know we will use for many different meals, I don’t have to buy as many different things to fill up the fridge.

I love to try new recipes, so even though our costs have gone down, I am sad that we haven’t been trying anything new lately.

Goal: Choose one to two new recipes to try each week instead of seven, that way we can keep our grocery bill lower, but still try new things!

3. Plain Oatmeal

I do not like breakfast. Not a fan of toast, eggs, cereal, or really any normal breakfast food, except waffles, pancakes and bacon. With real Maple Syrup, because you can take the girl out of Vermont, but you can’t take away my Maple Syrup! Just thinking about a plate of scrambled eggs is enough to make my stomach churn. But I have discovered something wonderful: Plain Oatmeal! I just boil some in water, no fruit, nuts, sugar or cinnamon, it is wonderfully boring.

4. Patience

I have saved the best for last. And after spending an hour and a half trying to find parking at the beach this morning, it is at the very forefront of my mind.

Walking down an alley to the beach after finding parking.
The reason why I was looking for parking. Ben plays in a VB league.

I can’t think of many times when I have displayed heroic patience. Even if I remain calm on the outside, I’m usually losing it on the inside. Today as the morning went on I found myself getting increasingly agitated,(understandable) but I also found myself getting upset at the other people looking for parking. Especially if they scored a parking space before me.

I was upset that I was letting my current situation,  no matter how frustrating, affect the way that I was “interacting” with the other people who were in the very same situation that I was. We were all hot, tired of driving around, and ready to get out on the sand.

Taking a deep breath and slowly counting to ten has never been my favorite way of dealing with frustrations. A prayer for the grace to be patient in these situations, is probably the most important first step, other than that I haven’t thought of any other steps for handling these types of situations. Maybe a better idea will come to me the next time I have to spend a significant amount of time looking for a parking space.

What is the best way that you handle frustrating situations that you can’t control? 


9 Comment

  1. These are all fantastic tips. I find when I’m feeling frustrated I run to God in prayer for patience. He’s the only one who can help me cope in those moments.

    1. klassickathleen says: Reply

      Thanks so much, and thanks for reading! He really is the one who can best help us manage those tough situations.

  2. An hour and a half! You’re good, lol! But seriously…I could learn from you! 🙂 I’ve gotten to the point in my life where if things are out of my control, I don’t sweat it. I pray in the Spirit, turn it over to God, and wait for His answer. I can’t allow anything to interfere with my faith. I’ve learned that in order for faith to work, I must have patience. If I’ve done everything I can do(in the natural), prayed about it, and turned it over to Him – the only thing I can do is wait. If it is to be, then it’ll come to pass, if I not, I move on. Thanks so much the reminder that we must let patience have her perfect work in our lives! Stopping by from “Christian Women Bloggers Unite”. Blessings!

    1. klassickathleen says: Reply

      Thanks so much for coming by, and for your insight! I usually get to the point where I pray about the situation, but then get stuck with the whole “let go, and let God” thing. Lots of growing still to do!:)

  3. Marie says: Reply

    Sometimes using up what you have really does save you more money than meal planning. we love oatmeal too. little butter, little sweetner. yum

    1. klassickathleen says: Reply

      Thanks so much for reading, Marie! I have never tried oatmeal with butter before, I’ll have to give it a go tomorrow! 🙂

  4. Rosie says: Reply

    I ALWAYS meal plan- that’s a first for me to hear that you can actually save money by not doing that…..and it DEFINITELY saves time!! I will try that tip out!

    1. klassickathleen says: Reply

      I think that if you plan meals with a lot of similar ingredients then it would achieve essentially the same effect as not meal planning. But it is definitely a time saver which I appreciate!

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