A couple weeks ago, while cleaning our house, Derek and I decided to just permanently have the Crockpot on the countertop for the next few months now that we have cooler weather.
We are both big soup lovers (Soup Saturdays coming up in the Albertson household) but we also love the convenience of the Crockpot. With Derek working from home, it’s easy for him to pop in meat during the day and it helps immensely when I come home – especially from a late meeting – to just whip up a side and dinner is ready.
We had friends over for dinner last week and you guessed it – we used the Crockpot. In a weird way, I got to thinking how in planning to live the Crockpot Life the next few months, I realized that in many aspects of life, I’m living the Crockpot life.
Life takes time. Goals take time. In most cases, the majority of the work comes at the very beginning, when you’re putting in the investment and sacrificing because you know good things are coming. Throughout the process, you’re nurturing it, making sure that it’s coming along exactly the way you want. When it all works out, you have some damn good eatin’ in front of you. Or celebrating in the case of life, business and goals.
I’ve had many conversations with people lately about this because in many areas, I feel like I’m living the Crockpot life. At my full-time job, we have our big event at the end of the month – yet the day itself will be fairly low-key because it’s a virtual event. We put the work in and will get to celebrate the day of.
It’s also been extremely relevant in my journey with toreystories. Starting as a blog almost five years ago, it’s become one of my favorite parts of what I do – yet I’m still just in the Crockpot phase. Last year, I launched the business side of toreystories, working with clients to increase their marketing presence. With that came new social media and a new, improved website and just a few months ago – a newsletter. I’m working on even more ideas for 2021.
No, I don’t have a full set of clients. No, I don’t blog ten times a month and I certainly haven’t mastered the art of food photography or bookstagram. My newsletter has seven subscribers (you can subscribe here though!). But you know, what, I’m not discouraged from it. It’s a work in process – aren’t we all? The yummiest, most flavorful Crockpot dishes are low and slow; like when you’re waiting on that food to cook up – I know the best is yet to come.