Although it may not feel like it yet, we have finally turned a corner in the seasons. The days are longer, the chill is starting to leave the air and the sound of birds chirping are serving as my alarm clock. With March almost behind us, I am more excited than ever to jump into Spring; everything begins to stir again, as I look to the upcoming days with a new focus.
This week has been pretty wavy, rocking from mundane and uneventful, to emotional and stirring, to enlightening and empowering; but honestly, I am okay with that! Sometimes that feeling of just getting through the week, successfully sailing through the different waves of emotions, is enough to revitalize you; it also helps you focus on the little things that make you happy, such as the changing seasons or new recipes.
At work, though, I have been excited to explore new projects; this week, we borrowed a camera from our social media department in hopes of collecting portraits for our upcoming Volunteer Appreciation Brunch. Of course, having the camera has offered me the opportunity to capture more than just volunteer portraits.
(This is Lootah! A new friend I met in our cat habitat.)
(And this is Miss Maggie! A sweet little lady who loves going for walks, and is also available for adoption.)
I love playing around with photography, and the fact that I get to explore this passion at work has been amazing! Things have begun to settle back into a routine at work, a busy routine but one with a good flow. As I jumped back into the swing of things, I realized that I haven’t spoiled my fellow workers with treats for some time now; I decided that maybe a small pick-me-up was needed to help get us through the week.
One of my favorite ingredients to bake with is oats. Not only is oatmeal utterly delicious (and good for you!), but I love the consistency when added to a baked treat. It adds a smooth yet heartier taste. For these cookies, I found a new oatmeal chocolate chunk recipe and was excited to try it out. The recipe called for all of the basic cookie ingredients, but I was intrigued to see cinnamon thrown into the mix. I had never thought to add cinnamon to an oatmeal cookie before! I’m glad that I did, as many of my taste-testers commented that the hint of cinnamon was quite enjoyable.
Overall, what may have started as a temperamental week certainly settled into an amazing Friday feeling. Sometimes, you just need a week to go through the motions and clear away the cobwebs of the mundane. In the end, you’ll find yourself springing into the weekend with feel-good vibes and a clear mind.