No more excuses!

Just like I have neglected this blog (I couldn’t even remember how to make a post!), so too have I neglected so many other areas of my life. Friendships…ask me the last time I met the girls for cocktails or talked on the phone “just because”…I don’t know! Health…who has time for that? I didn’t, I gained 20 pounds this year! Sleep…that’s when you close your eyes and don’t open them again for a few hours, right? My sleep tracker tells me I am currently in debt over 40 hours of sleep. Yikes! Baking…I couldn’t even tell you where my kitchen aid mixer is, and my heels have been in storage for 9 months. You know this girl bakes in her heels! Writing…well, the dust on this blog is proof to that.

My excuses? I made a big move to Austin in August, I started a new job, I’m a busy teacher, I’m a heartbroken caregiver; simply put, I’m a girl in transition. But in the eloquent words of Jordan Belfort “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” So… NO. MORE. EXCUSES!! My bullshit stories are a thing of the past! Today is the day! This year is the year! I will set goals, and by golly, I WILL achieve them! (or at least tell everyone that I did!)

So first things first. Although my previous choice to focus on the health and wellbeing of my dear mum with alzheimer’s was well intended, I am reminded that I am useless as a caregiver (and a friend, teacher, daughter, etc.) if I do not focus on the health and wellbeing of myself. And so on May 6th (my 32nd birthday) I began my health journey…a journey that has introduced me to some wonderful people, created new friendships, provided an opportunity to help old friends, and changed my vision of what health means to me. On this journey so far, I have been made aware of terrible eating habits, I have begun to practice (or try to practice) mindfulness throughout my day, I have lost over 20 pounds, and have gained the confidence to set new goals. And most importantly, I have returned to the kitchen with energy, enthusiasm and creativity! So get excited as my culinary adventures commence! I will be trying new, healthy, recipes and sharing them with you; the good, the bad, and yes even the ugly (and by ugly I mean foul tasting or burnt kitchen disasters)!

“I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.” So Julie Child, what you’re saying is…I’ve got a chance?  Readers…I’M BAACK!!!