I once read an article on Thought Catalog that felt so me, I just had to laugh. It’s about being overdriven, yet incredibly lazy at the same time.
Hear me out first, I promise this has something to do with this boozy pumpkin milkshake recipe.
When it comes to projects, tasks, and work, I am a rather motivated person. I love big undertakings, I love feeling a sense of accomplishment, and my desire to succeed is very intrinsic. I’ve held a job since the age of 15, and am constantly wrapped up in something or other.
But I also need my down time. I require weekly time to Netflix and chill. I always take up the groceries in one trip so as to not have to go back a second time. And I take pleasure in spending an entire day doing nothing but eating and relaxing.
Because the article can say it better than I can, here are a few highlighted dichotomies:
You’re either dressed to the nines or you haven’t changed your sweatpants in days. When you deem it appropriate, you know how to craft yourself into an avatar of stylish, fashionable, groomed, suave perfection; but the rest of the time? You wear leggings. And postpone any clothes with structure for as long as you can manage.
You have one, very close best friend… and that’s basically it. You desire a deep sense of belonging and love but don’t in any way have the desire or energy to keep up with a large group of people in any kind of not-shallow-bullshit-see-you-once-a-month-and-call-it-friendship way.
Most of your success can be attributed to having big goals and dreams and absolutely none of the energy to execute them. You end up finding better, easier, faster ways… starting companies and becoming your own boss. Thinking outside the box, for lack of a less cliché term.
This article comes to mind especially because this month is very busy for me. I just came back from a nearly week-long trip, and have Alex coming to Boston in one week. Right after that I fly out to Chicago for freelancing, then am off to a retreat in Utah. And I haven’t finished planning my October posts.
A part of me sees all this moving and grooving as a bit of a stressor, but another part of me longs for it. I get excited about a full schedule and things to do every day. I enjoy planning my weekly calendar to the hour, then taking Friday night to unwind from it all.
I think that’s what makes me an entrepreneur—that constant drive to create and to be a part of. It’s what makes it possible for me to see short deadlines and not freak out; rather, I embrace them as a new challenge and experience.
Making this boozy pumpkin milkshake
Deep life thoughts aside, let’s chat about this boozy pumpkin milkshake. Like all milkshakes, this boozy treat is easy to blend up. Simply combine a pint of vanilla ice cream, pumpkin puree (the unsweetened stuff), pumpkin pie spice, a little milk, and lots of bourbon in a blender and blend until thick and creamy. To make your boozy milkshake thicker, omit the milk or use less bourbon.
If you want to make your pumpkin milkshakes look extra pretty (because, why not?), rim each glass with graham cracker crumbs and drizzle caramel sauce down the sides of the glasses. When you pour the pumpkin milkshake in, the caramel will stay in its swirly patterns and everyone will think you’ve spent ages making these milkshakes look nice.
Bring it on, October. I’m ready and waiting for you. Let’s cheers to a boozy milkshake to celebrate.
What do you guys think—can you relate? What are your thoughts on being motivaizy (that’s my new word. let’s make it a thing).
Place the toasted graham cracker crumbs on a tea plate. Wet the rim of your serving glass by dipping it into the top of a glass of water, then dip the wet rim into the crumbs. Drizzle the warm caramel sauce around the glass, being sure to drizzle up and down the sides of the glass. Set aside.
In a blender, combine the vanilla ice cream, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, milk, and bourbon. Blend on high speed until fully combined.