I’m sighing and moaning and groaning as I write this.
I feel like my teenager when she’s asked to do something she whole heartedly does not want to do.
This is me. At this very moment. Pushing back at things that cause me grief, angst and impair my ability to be creative. Rarely do I voice my opinions on this blog because honestly, this blog is for you. It’s a place to share my knowledge, my expertise, my love for everything food, family, friends and life. To create a place for you to find deliciousness and inspiration for your family.
I don’t tackle religious or political subjects because I hold those views near and dear to my heart and I feel they’re private and that sharing them really does no good. I don’t like people telling me what I can and cannot believe so I won’t try to tell anyone else how to believe. If you’re like me, you’ve already formed your opinions and thoughts on these subjects and who am I to argue with anyone about something so personal. I respect your opinions and values and my constant goal is to help enrich your life, your health and your menu by bringing a little deliciousness to your day.
I’m terribly optimistic, intentionally. I believe if we live a life of good intentions, good things will come to us and life will definitely be a little easier. So now that I’ve prefaced how positive I am, I’ll launch into my tirade. 😉
Sometimes I feel so exhausted by it all. Keeping up with all the blogs, the social media accounts, trying to grab a slice of the pie while ignoring all the noise. I feel completely perplexed by it all. I only have a few social media accounts and although I love posting my little food finds, recipes and travel spots and maybe a cow or sheep or two, I’m not terribly active on social media compared to others in this business. I’m not a big “tweeter” and occasionally I remember to pin on Pinterest. I love to Instagram so that’s actually where you’ll find me, and on occasion I’ll post something yum on Facebook. Otherwise, my life is so full of work, family and life, that sometimes having to worry about social media makes me cranky and depressed. Not too mention, I sometimes have to stop browsing social media because that can all too often make my mood tank. I love my life and I’m truly grateful for the people in my life, what I have, what I’ve been given and that I’m able to work in the culinary field full time. I am one blessed gal! But when I scroll through social media, having a few loyal and fabulous followers, I find others that are new and fresh and young with thousands of followers and jumping around social media like social butterflies and doing it so well, one becomes a moth drawn to the light. It’s quite impressive honestly.
So when I read about how I’ve now got to snapchat or periscope or tumblr or whatever it may be, so that I can stay relevant – I just want to bury my head in a pile of sand and cry. Why do I have to keep up with the social media Joneses to find followers, to be relative or to be acknowledged for my quality content and not just another photo of avocado toast or a grilled cheese sandwich? I went to culinary school for pete sake’s and I’ve worked hard for 17 years honing my craft, learning, growing so I can share my love of all things food and farm and local and community. My heart is so deeply entrenched in this culinary world that when my work feels irrelevant because I’m not snapchatting, tweeting, pinning, Facebooking or Instagramming every minute of my life, I feel as if my end goal needs to change. I feel I’ve become lost in the crowd and irrelevant because I don’t want to spend my precious and valuable time shouting to the world what I’m doing and eating every minute of every day just to stay relevant. Then so be it. I won’t sacrifice my sanity or my time with my family or my creative flow that often comes when I have no outside distractions.
I suppose I feel a bit indignant at times that I have to choose between moments I may never get back and my social media accounts. I relish the moments. They inspire me. I relish the moments when my youngest comes home from school with a funny story about the day or my oldest texts me about her interesting anatomy physiology class encounter with a cadaver (she’s going to be a nurse), or when my niece calls me while grocery shopping because she wants to chat recipes and food and life or my nephew, who lives in Japan, takes the time to Face time his Auntie to to tell her about his Go Pro video or when my sister calls me on her way to work. Moments that inspire and feed my soul and make my life so deliciously wonderful.
I write this because I don’t want you to think I’m not interested in sharing with you if you don’t hear from me as often. I’ve decided to take a little detour and do things my way – not what I’m expected to do or what social media dictates. I’ve always been a bit of a non-conformist. I’ve been told I dance to my own tune, and frankly, I like it that way.
Please know I am whole heartedly committed to you, my readers, my friends. I have always and will always post recipes and photos and content that I think you’d enjoy and find interesting or delicious. I may not post as often here or on my social media in the next few months, but when I do, I know you’ll love it. I want every recipe, every word, every photo to be quality and to add joy, happiness and of course deliciousness to your lives. I am so grateful for your support and love. I am your biggest fan!
Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love!