January 27, 2016

What a difference a half a year makes! (6 months in!)

I cannot believe it has been 6 months since I started this blog.  It has been such a fulfilling experience, combining my love of cooking and writing!  And I love sharing my recipes and pinterest successes and fails with people.  It didn't start out as fun as it seems now though.  Oh time, you do tell! Thanks to all my peeps for supporting me!

The day I realized I had to move out of my beautiful home a little over 6 months ago I was so scared and didn't know what to do. I had to pack up a whole big house, alone, and move, again.  Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I decided to be strong and be me. And clean the bathtub. I even used a toothbrush! It looked delightful after. So fresh and so clean. I sent my sister a celebratory "We can do it" text.

 Take that, curveballs! And nasty jacuzzi tubs!

Then I moved into this basement apartment in a new neighborhood with a sad kitchen and window units in the heat of summer.  I needed to find something to pass my time since I was on a strict budget, couldn't afford cable, had some Ryan Adams ready to go on my ipod and had a fully stocked wine cabinet burning a hole in my pocket. It was a recipe for a descent into alcoholism. Instead, I started a blog.  I wasn't sure which was scarier or harder but I figured the blog was cheaper and wouldn't make me go to rehab.

They tried to make me go to rehab, but I said no no no!
I was inspired by this article by Mark Manson about discovering your passion.  I love his writing, he speaks the truth, has a potty mouth and is a must follow!  I never put time into "finding my passion" before now but it was time.  My whole life I have made life choices geared towards becoming a wife and mother. I took a look at myself. I am and never have been either of those two things, and everyday that I move closer to 40, the latter is less likely to happen.  I was chasing an uncertain future instead of living my present life and passion.  But what was my passion?

Mark says "There’s some topic or activity or idea that dominates a significant amount of your free time, your conversations, your web browsing, and it dominates them without you consciously pursuing it or looking for it."   This line grabbed me.  I love am obsessed with food.  I love reading about it, pinning about it, looking at it, discussing it, instagramming it, planning meals and cooking. And of course eating it! People were asking me for recipes when I instagrammed my food.  I used to be a teacher.  It all made sense. I didn't need to stop being a lawyer and run off to culinary school, especially as I finally found my perfect job and culinary school wasn't going to pay the bills.  I just needed to have an outlet that wasn't my career, apparently I needed something else in addition; my passion! My friend Stephanie suggested the name "My Shitty Kitchen" and it stuck.  My daddy wasn't happy about the name and yes, it is a little awkward sometimes to tell people how to find my blog.

And six months later, look at me now! I love blogging (and still love my day job).  I have never been so happy, alone or coupled.  I haven't felt so confident in my whole life.  Being alone is sometimes scary because you have to be alone with yourself and get comfortable with why that is the case. I know it wasn't my fault and I have gotten more comfortable each day, grew and grew and found new outlets for my love of life. As you can see,  I've made some yummy food in less than stellar cooking conditions, written about it and have new blogging and instagram friends! And the blog looks way better than when it started.  

Some of my favorite posts so far:

I made the best thing I ever made

I failed at pizza again and yet again. (with more to come!)

I didn't please my mom's picky taste

Sharing my red beans recipe

Mastering roux

I found a green smoothie solution for my new neighborhood challenges

I started making my team a treat for our meetings!

I toasted the end of 2015 and kicked off 2016 right.

Now it is time to grow this blog and make some money from it to support my expensive grocery bills!  My goals before I hit a year this summer are to get a new camera to make my photography better, learn more coding (Yes, I take coding classes!) so I can fluff up the blog a bit, and try to incorporate seafood and other variety. I probably won't complete those goals as I am planning and going on a birthday roadtrip, am contemplating a brass pass, and still hate most seafood.  But maybe I can score a sponsored post or two! And give you some different posts for when I get sick of cooking doing dishes by hand.

What is your passion? Did you have to find it or did it come to you? What do you want to see more of on this blog?  What are you enjoying?  I can't make this blog work without the support of my readers and I want to give back to you. C'mon, let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Missy

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