Welcoming myself back
Wow. Where has the time gone??? I can hardly believe that it has been over 3 months since I last posted to the blog! Well…actually…if I am being honest, I can believe it. I love to write. I love to share. But, having to write and work on SEO and all that jazz just burned me out. It stifled me and I really struggled with writer’s block. I thought about this blog every day. I wanted to write every day. But I didn’t because I didn’t know how to make all of the stuff I wanted to write about stuff people would want to search for online. It’s like I really lost focus of what this blog SHOULD be about…what I WANT it to be about.
Do you know what I finally decided? I decided that I am not going to write worrying about all of that stuff. I am going to write about life, about my life, about my musings and my workouts and our products and what meals I am making because I want to. I am going to write about my struggles and my successes and my fears and my worries because I want to. Because I am human. And because hopefully all of what I write about helps you too. Our lives are not meant to be lived in isolation but shared and shared completely. I firmly believe that.
But first, a tangent
So, to kick off my back-to-blog-writing, I am going to share my food adventure for this upcoming week. But first, let me diverge for a minute. When my students find out that I have an Instagram account, they always ask, “Why do you have so many pictures of food?” Do I want to be a food blogger, they question. Do I want to be a chef, they wonder. Do I have a business, they ponder. Some of that is a no and some of that is a yes, but the REAL reason is that food matters. What we eat matters. I have learned first hand how WHAT we eat impacts our health, our mindset, our emotions. It is the CORE of who we are. And I think people lose sight of that while working their way through their lives. We get sidetracked with work and careers and kids and practices and businesses and outings and STUFF. We look for fast and easy and sometimes cheap (no, I am not talking about people, here). Processed foods and drive thrus seem to be the answer. They give us stuff to eat (I cannot call that food) that keeps our bodies alive (for the time being) and saves us time. But really, these are the very things that curtail healthy living. I feel it has been put upon my heart to share what I learn about food in my journey. To remind people how important it is to take care of ourselves. To love ourselves. And how easy it really can be.
My new food adventure
Okay, off my soapbox and back to my new food adventure. I thought it might be fun to make my way through the recipes from some of my favorite bloggers–like make them all (or at least all the recipes that fit my lifestyle) before moving on to the next one. Every single recipe I have tried from Damn Delicious has tasted great, so I am starting with her bog (she also has a cookbook that just came out…thinking about getting it!!!). Because back-to-school and starting a new business and running old ones makes free time almost non-existant, I am starting with her crock pot recipes.
3 Crock pot Recipes
Below are the 3 recipes I plan to use this week (using the leftovers as lunch for the next day):
Of course, the plan is to post about how I like each of these recipes. But as I have mentioned before, I have not found one recipe from Damn Delicious yet that I have not like, so I am confident these are going to be pretty damn tasty (pun intended!!)