Why I Blog
“The greatest adventure you could ever take is to live the life of your dreams” – Oprah
In a nutshell
To pursue the life of my dreams.
To be honest… my original reason for starting a blog was this: Soon after I got married, I started to really learn how to cook. Before that my family used to make jokes about me when I was caught in the kitchen flipping eggs with a spatula. They thought it was hilarious.
I wanted to learn to cook for my little family…. And I’ve always been a picky eater (I have to eat a certain way in order to feel the way I want to)… so just ANY recipes weren’t going to cut it for me.
I had to master this eating thing that I’m so particular about!!
So I browsed Pinterest regularly, called my mom constantly, and I printed and stored my favorite recipes in a binder in my kitchen. One day I realized how “dark ages” it seemed to keep my family recipes on paper. I wanted to create a virtual binder of my family’s recipes.. so I thought.. maybe I’ll start a blog.
The idea remained in the back of my mind until I made the decision to be a stay-at-home mom in June of 2015. I had time on my hands when my baby was napping, so I made the plunge… and I’ve never loved a hobby more. I’m obsessed. I LOVE Kitchen Of Eatin’… and every day that goes by… I learn more, improve more, and build my little hobby home on the web more. It feels so good to be doing something that I love. This is why I blog.
The Heart of Kitchen Of Eatin’
I spent spare time during college and grade school making up dance routines, writing books that I never finished, learning how to draw, reading fiction, and obsessing over my art history elective classes and instagram images. I had this burning desire within me to create, and I had a passion for and envy of others who were creating for a living.
“It’s not a logical pursuit” I frequently told myself. “I need a safe job.. a job with guaranteed income each month to help support my family. I need to go to college, because that’s what people do. I have to study hard and get straight A’s so that I can make it into graduate school. And if I get a poor grade, I must not be very smart.” (When I was in 1st grade I was put in the “slower” reading group. This devastated me, so I went home and read the dictionary every day until I could be upgraded… If that tells you anything about me).
So I went to school… for a long time. I studied hard, and I got a masters degree in School psychology. I worked as a school psychologist, and there were a lot of things that I really loved about my job.
And then about a year ago I had my daughter and my world turned upside down. My maternity leave was only 8 weeks long, and for some reason that I’ll never understand… I had to pay money out of my own paycheck in order to even take a maternity leave. When I returned to work I paid my nanny even more money than I was bringing in. I missed my daughter every day, and I longed for 4:00 PM when I could get home and snuggle her for as long as possible before I had to wake up at 5 AM, feed her, get myself ready, get her ready, drop her off at the nanny, and do it all over again. Not to mention come home, prepare dinner and do all those things that working moms do… bless you!
For many people this lifestyle I described is a meaningful daily pursuit. And being a school psychologist has benefits that don’t even compare to income – aka making a REAL difference in the lives of children. And we are all different… but for me… I realized that wanted something else….
I became influenced by my entrepreneurial husband and his entrepreneurial family. My husband dropped out of school when we were engaged to start his own business. I was scared for my life, and figured without a degree – we were committing ourselves to a mediocre and paycheck to paycheck lifestyle.
My husband proved me wrong when my fancy pants graduate degree led me to a career that was costing us, and his self-created real estate business began creating for us the american dream. Most of my married friends husband’s have 9-5 jobs. I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner with mine every day. NOT REAL LIFE.
My brother-in-law is also a college dropout who started his own real estate business (now making 7 figures), and I have several sister-in-laws and extended family members who have started their own successful businesses in fashion, swimwear, and interior design.
I also started reading books like The Miracle Morning, and listening to “Fight Song” and “Shake It Off” on repeat. This combined with the entrepreneurs I surround myself with has lit a little fire in me: I want to create… and I want to be a mom… and I want to contribute to my family financially doing something that excites me every day.
I jumped into a business where the motto reads, “It’s a blog eat blog world out there”. There’s a million food blogs and food images on Pinterest… what on earth could I possibly add to this overwhelmingly saturated industry?
I love food, and I believe that WHAT YOU EAT MATTERS (Read more about my food philosophy here). I also love the creative crafts of cooking, writing, and photography. I love the idea of improving my craft as I build this blog – always learning and improving! I love creating and making clean, easy, & healthy recipes… and I LOVE sharing those recipes with others – so that they can eat good-for-you whole foods too 🙂