I didn't realize how chaotic things had become until I suddenly had become sequestered out in farm country, limited cell phone access, zero internet access, and a lot more quiet time on my hands. No Facebook, no Pinterest, no Instagram, no Twitter, no Words With Friends, hardly any texting even! "Chirp-chirp, chirp-chirp", hear those crickets? The silence was deafening.
When you have what I call "creative-brain", life can be a lot of fun. Your brain comes alive with a new project, a new learning opportunity, new information. All of our modern electronic wonders (Iphones, computers, etc) and the invention of the internet make it even easier for us "creative-brains" to get instant gratification. I know who some of you "creative-brains" are because you pin on Pinterest even more than I do! With all this creative energy can come amazing bliss, it makes us tick, it brings us so much happiness. It's some of our first thoughts when we wake up in the morning and we fall asleep thinking about it at night. We create because... well, we just have to. We will just explode if we don't!
But... one of the pitfalls a "creative-brain" can fall into, repeatedly, is getting their fingers in too many projects at once. And planning too many future projects. And volunteering for other people's projects. And in all that creative overload, getting really excited over a lot of different things but forgetting those one or two things that you're really passionate about. The things that bring you the most personal joy and peace.
So I find myself in need of some refocusing. It started with a Purging Phase. I'm about halfway through all that fun, the Goodwill really loves me lately! Fortunately, the sudden lack of "media" outlets made it pretty easy to see what I could live with or without. And what things were fun at one time, but started sucking the energy out of me. Energy vampires, that's what I'll call them. Had to purge the energy vampires. It made it easier to remember what things I truly love and come easily and naturally to me.
What comes naturally to me? Food. Cooking it, sharing it, planning it. Whipping up an old recipe with my sister or creating new dishes with my brother. Learning the "secrets" from my grandmother and talking about it all...the...time with family and close friends who share the same passion. It's what we do, we always have. It's as natural to me as brushing my hair. It's not work for me. I know some people hate cooking, and it makes me so sad for them because it brings me so much joy to cook for myself or others. And people know this about me because they ask me all the time "How do I cook string beans?" or "What kind of vegetable peeler do you use?" or "What can I make with a pork tenderloin?"
All that to say, there will be a slight shift here. Not that I will never again share a DIY project or other random bits from my travels, but I am going to be focusing more on the recipes and food related areas of my life. I know most of you are going to be OK with that because my WordPress stats show steady interest whenever I post something about food here. In fact, the weekly Friday Recipe is hands-down the most popular feature. And coincidentally, is the easiest for me to put together because 1) I've always got a recipe from someone else I'm dying to try or 2) I've got a recipe of my own I'm dying to share. Win-win!
Truth be told, in the beginning I had steered clear of being labeled a "food blogger" because there are already so many out there and I was reluctant to get pigeon-holed or become a cliche'. I'm still trying to steer clear of it, although it might be inevitable. But for now, I'm just sharing me, and it just so happens that a lot my life, and the ones I love, is all bout the food!
So if you want to stick around for all the food talk, I would love to share that with you!