At 25 years old I have finally started making my bed. For all I know, this may be a millennial trait, however I never understood the purpose of making one’s bed. I always reasoned that there was no point in making a bed- after all, I would (most likely) be the next person to see it and I would simply be messing it up again as I crawled back in later to sleep.
With this line of thinking, it was very clear to me that there was simply no point.
Nearing 26, I’ve realized my logic may have been flawed. With its several fluffy pillows and down comforter complete with a white cover and a large splash of pink across its expanse that screams “Kelsey”, my bed has always been a welcoming place- a place to rest and relax. A place I would go to watch movies or surf the internet on my computer, or, more often than not, a place to go to study or work …and then inevitably be seduced into curling up and taking a nap (it should also be noted that my “naps” are typically 2 hours).
My logic has been inherently flawed (and sloppy); while in setting up a space for comfort and relaxation, I have also set up a space for structure and organization to be confused or ignored. The bed is not a place to be working.
As I spend more time with social media for work, I find a lot more of my time is being eaten away as I go down rabbit holes of uselessness memes, scroll through pictures of cute animals and inevitably click into clickbait headlines (thankfully the last one is easiest to ignore). None of these, of course, are truly related to work. I’ve been slowly trying to implement a “get in get out” sort of tactic, which has been only somewhat successful. I hope that it’s something that simply requires practice and will improve with time.
What does this all have to do with making the bed? you may ask. With making my bed, I’ve decided that it is a small step to setting and declaring my intentions for the day. With this step I am vowing to be productive and organized, or at very least, more so than I would have otherwise!
I don’t want to have a normal job and I never have but with wanting to be my own boss and my own business, being successful is entirely up to me and how organized and diligent I am.
I am trying to look at each space I inhabit and decide the intention of that space. As I am being realistic and working with what I have available, each morning, I clear the table in the kitchen and dedicate it as a space for work and study and, in the evening, I clear the papers and the computer and set it up to eat. I’ve learned to avoid the living room, as the tv, which often happens to be on, easily sucks me away from what I’m doing and into whatever silly drama happens to be occurring in the lives of the actors in the show, distracting me from my own life (which isn’t to say that I don’t have shows I love watching, I’ve just tried to separate myself from watching things for the sake of distraction). The room is set up each day with a freshly made bed- which is still quite seductive- and I feel that I have declared when and where I will work, and when and where I will sleep.
So- and I hope you don’t mind the language- here’s to being a grown-ass adult, living life with intention and dedicating time for the priorities, whatever they may be.
As cereal becomes a thing of the past, I challenge the idea that it is simply due of a lack of convenience in terms of bowl cleaning (also, how wasteful to prefer items that can be thrown away after each use!). I feel that most cereals are simply too simple. Granola, on the other hand is sophisticated- full of texture, fats and flavors. Granola, I argue, is for adults.
This granola is a recipe that I particularly enjoy because, if we’re being real here, I love chocolate, but I love dark chocolate and the bitterness that comes with it. I love the depth of good ol’ unsulfured molasses and the hint of bright, spicy goodness that ginger brings.
I love mixing the initial mixture by hand and rather than buying chopped chocolate, or using chocolate chips, I take great pleasure in hand chop big bars of it, but that’s entirely up to you. If you use dark chocolate chips, I won’t hold any judgment against you.
Grown A$$ Granola
Makes approximately 7 cups
Inspired and adapted from Genius Recipes on Food52
4 Cups Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar, packed
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Molasses (or, if you can find it, Sorghum Molasses)
1 Cup Raw Pumpkin Seeds
1 Cup Raw Almonds, Roughly Chopped
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
3/4 Cup (100g) Chopped Crystallized Ginger
1 Cup (130g) Dark Chocolate, Chopped
Preheat oven to 325°F.
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, olive oil, molasses, pumpkin seeds, almonds, salt and cinnamon. I’ve used a big spoon for this job, but to really get things mixed together, hands work best!
Spread mixture out evenly on a large baking sheet and place in oven for 40-45 minutes until everything is toasted. Every 10-15 minutes, check the granola and shift and rotate the mixture with a large spoon before spreading it back out evenly.
Remove from the oven and allow it to cool before tossing in the chopped ginger and dark chocolate.
If you like this, you might also like my recipe for Chocolate Cherry Granola with Coconut & Flax!