The first week of the semester is officially in the books! So far, I am really proud of how much I’ve stuck to my schedule and my goals. All my reading and posting was done in two days and I completed my first assignment early. The best part, though, is that I’ve been able to keep my writing promise to myself. I vowed to write everyday, even if it is only for five minutes. Though some days were super busy, I made sure I carved at least a little time to focus on writing. And I feel so good because of it. Writing is such a release, such a way to unwind. When I write, I get to clear my mind of all the worries and unfinished tasks of the day. I get to step outside of my life and just enjoy the story.
Every writer is different, but I’ve found that my favorite time to write is the early morning. It is by far the most productive time of day for me. This week, I’ve set my alarm 1.5-2 hours early and dedicated that time to either writing or homework. Which leads me to my Friday Favorites:
Organic Hazelnut Coffee Syrup
Waking up earlier inevitably means that I am drinking more coffee. I worked in coffee shops through high school and college, so anything in my coffee has to be good. This organic coffee syrup is sweetened with agave nectar and flavored with hazelnut. My favorite coffee flavor. Just a tablespoon of this syrup and your morning mug is transformed into an inspiration jump-starting treat (that just happens to go well with chocolate butterscotch chip cookies).
I’ve seen my fair share of them this week. It’s a perk of actually dragging yourself out of bed and functional before anyone should be. The sunrises I’ve witnessed have been absolutely beautiful reds and pinks against the backdrop of snow up here in the frozen north. Consequently, sunrises seem much prettier if you have already had at least one mug of hazelnut coffee.
Seriously, though, I do love this time of day. It is so quiet and peaceful. I think that’s why I’m able to get so much done. When I wake up early, it feels like I can just shut the world out for a while, like I’ve stolen a few secret hours that are mine to do whatever I want with. Whatever else happens during the day, I am grateful for those few extra hours.
I finished Lost Lake on Wednesday night–stayed up way too late to do so, actually. Today, I began The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais. What drew me to the story was (what else?) food. The novel revolves around a young Indian teenager who grows up above his grandfather’s restaurant in Mumbai. After the family moves to France, their Indian restaurant becomes a rival of the traditional French restaurant across the street (100 feet away). The young Indian boy learns not only to bridge the gap between restaurants, but between cultures as well. The story promises a world of food culture and a good coming-of-age journey. I’m excited to begin! To set the tone for this the book, I think I’m going to make butternut squash curry and homemade naan this weekend.
What are you reading this week?