I suppose it is fitting that I chose my birthday to submit my first blog post in over four years. I promise I never intended to stay away that long! Back when I last blogged (around the holiday season of 2010) I had reached the point where writing and updating the blog became a chore that I know longer looked forward to. Perhaps it was 'writer's block', I'm not sure. The 'job that pays the bills' was keeping me very busy. I really couldn't think of any topics that I wanted to cover and at the time there wasn't anything new to excite me. Part of my reason for starting this blog was as an outlet for two of my passions: cooking and writing. I suppose with everything that was going on in my life I just got 'burned out' and that 'passion' and excitement was gone. I even took a longer than expected break from Twitter (something I regret now).
Quite a bit has happened during this four year hiatus. I was involved in a major system migration project at work that consumed all my time, energy and focus. In late 2012 I had a bit of a health scare (featuring my first trip to the emergency room as a patient). Last year at this time I celebrated my 40th birthday. I'm still single but my household has increased by one feline (much to the chagrin of resident feline #1). During this time I would always renew my domain name just in case the urge to blog hit me again.
|Feline #2 (Perdita) with her favorite flying squirrel Rocky|
As I entered my fourth decade of existence I have had to make changes to my diet. I am facing a new reality that I can't continue to eat whatever I want. Well, I could continue if I wanted to but the end result would be feeling like absolute crap. At the end of the day, is it really worth it? My 3rd decade wasn't the greatest; I experienced some personal losses and challenges that threw me for a loop. I really let myself go and as a result I was in poor health and horrible shape. I'm determined that my 40s will be much better for me in terms of my health. I plan to share some of the changes I'm making to my diet, my lifestyle and perhaps a few recipes and other goodies/occasional 'splurges' along the way. It won't always be sugar-free and granola, I promise. I'm going to try my best to update the blog more regularly. You can always follow me on Twitter (apologies in advance for straying 'off-topic'; I happen to be a big sports fan). I also have an Instagram account; I just haven't gotten around to uploading any pics yet! Updates are coming soon.
Even though I'm turning 41 today I still like to think of myself as a 'work in progress' with plenty of room for improvement. This blog will hopefully reflect that. Thanks for hanging in there with me.