A year and a half ago I embarked on a journey that I thought was pretty straight forward. From my love for food, travel and health a seemingly new idea was born. It felt like I had it all figured out.
Let me rewind this a bit. You see, the idea for this blog wasn’t something that just came to me overnight. Years and years of my life were spent in, what felt like, a state of agony, trying to figure out where I fit.
In a world where people are quickly defined by what they do, where the question “what do you do?” holds more importance than “how are you?”, I relentlessly tried to formulate the answer to that first question everyday.
I spent 2014-2016 trying to figure it all out. It’s not like I gave myself a deadline or anything, I just legitimately had no clue how to deal with my feelings of inadequacy. So, yes, it took me that long to get a feeling for what I wanted in life.
After a life-changing trip to Thailand in late 2015, I discovered one thing: I needed to somehow be around different cultures. Shortly thereafter, it occurred to me that food was the only plausible way because, well, who doesn’t love food?
To be truthful, though, there were plenty days, months even, where I didn’t love food at all. The digestive issues I had dealt with for years made me scared to eat any meals that I didn’t cook at home.
I got comfortable in the kitchen. Luckily, my mom taught me a lot about cooking and the importance of doing so with love. Using these blessings and struggles as fuel, I thought, why not combine it all? From that thought, this blog was born.
Why do I need to give you this context? Because it’s essential in understanding why I had to log off for a while. I’m the kind of person that needs variety. I need to dip my toes in several things to feel like I’m always learning and understanding how to create new and exciting things.
Exactly one year ago, I realized that I needed to figure out a better, more fun and inventive way to create posts. Not just for you all that are reading them, but for me.
Even though I was posting a new recipe every week and was proud of the food I was creating, something was off. It didn’t feel sustainable. It seemed like I was playing it safe. I wasn’t being true to my readers and, most importantly, to myself.
I wasn’t on a clear path and if I didn’t understand exactly why I was doing this (and really feel it in my bones), this wasn’t going to be what I originally envisioned: an inspiring place that would grow with me (and you) for years to come.
Over the past year I did some soul-searching and figured out how to make this blog better. I joined some online groups, attended workshops and conferences, and made big moves in my full-time career. Feeling better than ever, I knew I was ready to start writing and cooking again.
So I’m back. And hopefully better than ever! I want to bring you more context. I want to bring you more information. I’ve done a lot of research about food and health over the years. If I could help just one of you in anyway, I would feel fulfilled.
What exactly is new, you ask?
You’re still going to get new and tasty recipes, of course, but from week to week, you could get information on helpful ingredients to store in your pantry, travel or food related tips, cooking resources, a little bit (or a lot) of inspiration sprinkled throughout, and so much more.
Oh, and you might notice a bit of a facelift. I updated the logo and overall site – layout and design. This will help you to find exactly what you need either through search or filters.
The beautiful thing is that I don’t want to limit myself. If there’s a particular topic you’d like to know more about, I’d love to take suggestions and see where it fits on this site.
I want this blog to feel as much yours as it is mine.