Good morning guys! We’ve made it to Friday! Although this week has flown by in the blink of an eye, it’s also been one of the busiest and most eventful few weeks I’ve had in a long time. I am looking forward to some serious me time this weekend.
I’m talking me, on the couch in my holey sweats drinking wine and watching TV with no regard for the outside world. Sometimes I just need that quietude, and I’m looking forward to it with a fervor. I don’t even know if wine will be involved since I don’t have any and I’m quite broke right now – but it’s a pleasant thought.
Anyways, I don’t really have a traditional food post for you this morning, but I do have an email from one of my dear real life friends/reader, Victoria, that I want to share.
I found it to be very uplifting, and I think you will too.
Good Morning Kacy Sue!
I’m sure you’ve had your green monster by now and are ready to take on the day. I was sitting here checking my e-mail and doing some surfing, when I had an epiphany. I don’t have a blog, so I figured this was better than nothing…
Thank you friend for being such an amazing an uplifting person. Because of you, I look forward to getting up every morning and seeing what new food you have created. Your blog updates are often the boost or laugh that I need on a hard day.
I am excited to see you excited about life and these newfound passions have discovered. Frankly, your enthusiasm for these passions has sparked my interest in blogging and reminded me of my own passion for food, cooking and baking.
I think I forgot who I was and what I enjoyed doing and began identifying myself with what I was doing at the time, rather that be a student or a fundraiser…
What a fascinating and exciting world blogging is, and it’s so fun to read about all the innovative things people are doing with food. But more importantly, how food has connected people and become a symbol of hope an dpeace. It brings tears to my eyes to read the recipes, because it makes me excited and I feel good knowing it is okay to be excited.
And to those who people who frown upon you for blogging, sharing your thoughts and finding a meaning to life… to those people in the “outside” world who just don’t “get it”, I feel sorry for them, for it’s their loss. It is our benefit as humans to dig deep and discover what it is that truly makes us happy. If we don’t, we will sadly live our lives in complacency and wake up one day wondering what it is we were donig all that time. To all the fellow bloggers, followers, etc… I applaud you for being and individual and holding your ground. I salute your savvy ways and dedication.
I feel fortunate to have found food blogs at this time because it shows me that food can be enjoyed, savored and loved for not only its physical ingredients and satisfaction, but because of what it represents to the individual – rather it be finding the high road or simply finding yourself.
How nice is that?! Of course I was thrilled to read these words from a true friend. Sometimes I forget how much having this blog means to me, but this reminded me of just how far I’ve come.
I will have been blogging for a year in May, and when I think back to how I was feeling about life at this exact time last year it’s startling. I remember feeling a complete lack of self-confidence. I remember feeling lost.
I’m not saying that blogging was the answer to all my problems, but I know that finally having something to “call my own” and an outlet for my thoughts, fears, hopes and dreams was immediately freeing. Blogging definitely gave me hope in a time when I had almost forgotten what hope was.
When Victoria wrote that we all have the “benefit” to dig deep and discover what it is that makes us truly happy, it was a light bulb moment. Sometimes I feel like I’m weird for being so into blogging, for traveling to another time zone to hang out with other people who blog, for taking pictures of my food and then talking about what I eat – for all of it.
But there is absolutely no reason for me to feel that way! When something makes you happy, there is never a reason to downplay it or feel silly about it. We only get one life, and whatever it is that makes that life more fulfilling and joyous should be celebrated! Why had I never thought of this before?
While I was at Fitbloggin, I was struck by how many people could relate to one thing I’ve always been a little ashamed of – how much more I cherish blogging than I do my “real” job. So many girls that I met felt the same way.
The world tells us that there are traditional roles and jobs that we should inhabit – journalist, doctor, lawyer, or whatever it is that we go to college to learn how to do. But what if those things don’t fulfill you and you’re just playing a part?
I definitely feel like I’m just going through the motions of adulthood with my day job. It’s a good job and I’m more or less appreciated for what I do, but it’s not where my heart is.
My heart is in blogging, in writing about things that make me happy – whether it be fitness, food, dating or Ellen Degeneres. My heart is in being the healthiest version of me that I can be. My heart is in my family and my friends.
My heart is not in my paycheck.
I can only hope that someday I can discover how to live in such a way that my heart is truly in every activity that I take on. Because life really is too short to not be fulfilled. Too short to just go through the motions.
I’m not sure I have the courage to get there quite yet. I’ve only just found my footing, but I know that I’ll get there someday. And until then, I have this blog, and every person that reads it, to keep me going.
Thank you so much Victoria, for making me see that more clearly.
Have a good Friday everyone!