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I had an eye-opening experience this past week, that worked out just fine, but in the moment, sent a wave of panic surging through me. As I got up and started planning my day, I recalled that the kids both had evening activities planned that would have them away from home over dinner. Since it was going to be just David and I, I pulled a couple of ribeyes out of the freezer and planned a quiet supper for just the two of us. Later, as I got ready to marinate the thawed steaks, I noticed that each package had two, not one, steak and was a little miffed that I hadn’t paid closer attention. I decided I would go ahead and grill the extras, since they were already thawed and I would use the extra in some dish, tomorrow. I started the steaks marinating, threw a tray of baked potatoes (I never heat up the oven to bake just two potatoes. I always fill a cookie sheet and then refrigerate the extras, for use through the week.) in the oven and mixed up a green salad. After about 45 minutes, with the grill screaming hot and the smoker box full of smoldering hickory chips, I put the ribeyes on to sear and within 15 minutes, the two of us sat down to enjoy our special meal and a movie. Then….the doorbell rang. Hmmm….
As soon as I opened the door, I remembered that little something important (four little something importants, actually) that until that moment had been lurking in the darkest recesses of my memory. There were our daughter and son-in-law looking fabulous in their best dress-up clothes, ready for a special evening out and there also were four of our grandchildren giggling and pressing their noses against the glass pane of the window in the front door. Oy! How could I have forgotten that I had promised to watch them, this evening? It worked out fine, since I had made plenty of extra food and our grandkids got to discover that they LOVE ribeye steak. lol
The next morning, I realized my old way of juggling appointments and schedules just didn’t work for me anymore. I have often heard the jokes and read the cartoons about all the things we forget or get distracted by, as we get older. Menopause is one of those things you have to laugh at, because the reality is, it is one of life’s changes over which you have NO contol. Having reached this milestone in life, I find that I’m not able to organize and remember everything that is swirling around in my head, the way I used to. Oh, I definitely try, but as evidenced a few days ago, I need a new plan. It’s time for a change. I reached to pull a Pomegranate Tea Bag from my DIY tea station, as all this was going through my mind. I love iced Pomegranate and Orange tea in the mornings, to get my day started. Wouldn’t you know it? I was out. As I grabbed the last one, yesterday, I thought to myself that I should add it to my list, so I could grab some at the store. Since I did not do that right away, and did not remember it later, now, I was out of tea. Yup…it is definitely time for a change! First step? A quick trip to Walmart for Pomegranate tea and a planner.
The Bigelow brand name jumped off the shelf at me, like never before. Bigelow is making a change, too! Their new packaging has clean, modern lines with bold type-face for the branding. Those changes even transferred to the individual packets the teabags come in. I really like being able to come down the aisle at the grocery store and have what I’m looking for “jump” off the shelf at me, without a lot of searching. That’s always been one of my favorite parts of Bigelow’s packaging. The flavor of each box of tea is bold and front and center. I don’t have to pick up the box and “search” to know what’s inside. While their branding is important, having the product name be the central focus of the packaging is key to me and Bigelow understands that. Their new packaging reflects their sensitivity to the consumer’s desire to know what they’re purchasing while updating their look and continuing to be a strong presence in the grocery aisle. It’s the same great-tasting, high-quality product that I love with just a little package tweaking.
Bigelow gave me more inspiration to do a little of my own “tweaking” and update my way of keeping track of our family’s schedule. Integrating that with my blog’s editorial calendar and having everything in one place – WRITTEN DOWN – just makes better sense. Change is definitely good and life is going to run a lot smoother because I did it, now, instead of waiting until January. Bigelow’s change is a positive one and I’m confident that mine is a huge step forward! What inspires you to make positive changes?
Check out these links, or Bigelow’s video,to learn more about Bigelow’s packaging change.
Bigelow Tea website: https://www.bigelowtea.com/
Bigelow Tea Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bigelowtea
Bigelow Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigelowtea
- Bigelow Blog: http://www.bigelowteablog.com/