Hi! Remember me? I certainly hope so since you are here reading this on my blog page. It has been a while since my last post…and here is why. I believe I overdosed on this part of my life. Here is a glimpse into what my life was life for 10 months straight:
- Wake up super early, walk Rudy, write content & edit photos
- Say good morning to husband as he is walking downstairs ready for work, have breakfast, get my coffee, go back to computer
- Husband would say goodbye to me while I was still on computer (“just a couple more minutes!” was my thought every single morning before showering)
- Finally…shower. Get ready for work.
- Make one more change to my content that I thought about in the shower
- Work 8 hours at full-time job
- Go to store and get stuff for dinner
- Make dinner, perhaps photograph dinner (Cam makes dinner too, but I always wanted to possibly photograph it so it was usually me)
- Don’t eat until 9pm
- Back on computer
- Bed at 11
I mean…this is the worst balancing act ever. I would even go as far as to drop the word “balancing” because it was far from that. Just an act. Get it together Stephanie.
So…I stopped everything completely. The cooking, the blogging, the newsletters, the photography, everything. I promised myself that if I ever got sick of COOKING, then I would take a huge step back and reassess. Why? Because I LOVE cooking. I love it so much that I didn’t want to think of it as a chore. It is my time to decompress and simply focus on making delicious meals and sharing them with loved ones and eventually, the world wide web. It’s just me and my kitchen and not a care in the world (other than if I smell something burning, then I care)
I began to compare myself to other successful bloggers. What are they doing that I am not? What is their niche? How are they so successful? WHAT IS THEIR SECRET?? You know what they all told me when I asked them their secret? Every single one said “time”. This business doesn’t happen overnight. It takes years to develop a platform big enough to pay those bills, write books, become sponsored, etc. Don’t get me wrong. I started doing this blog because I am super passionate about cooking, decor, holidays, crafting, and I wanted to share it with whoever cared. My whole life I have been right brained. Thinking outside the box and letting my creative juices go crazy. In my adult life, that is what this blog is to me. It is my coloring book when I was little, my art classes when I was 9, my paint-your-own-pottery job when I was in high school, it was my creative platform to just let loose and share a few tips I picked up along the way.
These are all just things I enjoy and think I can do pretty well. They are not perfect, they are not the final way of doing things, they are not set in stone. I want to let people see what I have to offer and take it and put their own personal spin on it. Change the recipes, add more color to your tablescape, put twigs on your holiday packages, or don’t if you think it’s weird, I don’t care. As long as readers are seeing ideas on my page and a little lightbulb goes off, that is all I care about. Spreading the creativity.
So, that being said, I have decided to post once a week instead of 5 recipes in a week. Putting more thought into each blog piece. Really spending time on one recipe, tablescape, holiday wreath at a time and making it amazing. Quality not quantity.
Ok so totally off topic, Cam and I just got back from a very needed 12 day vacation to the Pacific Northwest and BC. We had a fabulous time full of amazing dinners (chowder, so much chowder), cocktails, nature drives, beach walks, shopping, museums, etc. We started in Cannon Beach, then ventured to Portland, Seattle, Vancouver BC and ended in Kelowna BC. Which if you have never heard of Kelowna, Google it right now. Napa meets Tahoe. However, all of that area was on fire so we got a TON of smoke when we were there. Which is a total bummer. But we pretended it was fog and made the best of it. Here are a few shots from our smokey trip! And by “a few” I mean about 40 pix. Sorry.
The photographer here didn’t think it was necessary to get Haystack Rock in the background. Also, that ladies backside. Oh well. At least we are happy!
Multnomah Falls, Oregon. I have been coming here since I was a little squirt and now got to bring my husband. Such a gorgeous place!!
The incredible view from Ecola State Park in Oregon
Lavender fields in the Fruit Loop in Hood River. Mt. Hood is directly behind that barn but the smoke was so bad you couldn’t even see it! We will have to come back.
I have been working my whole life on finding a whole sand dollar. YESSSSSS
I have known these ladies since the day they were born. It was so fun to catch up on life. Seeing old family friends is definitely good for the soul!
M’kay so here….our train from Portland to Seattle caught on fire. The luggage car caught fire in the ceiling from some electrical line breaking. We were in the car directly behind it and had to evacuate to the back of the train. Fire department and all. We were 7 miles from Seattle and the bar cart was closed. BOOOOOO. It was the least they could do! Oh well, we rolled in to Seattle a little frightened but it all worked out.
Yup! Pike Market in Seattle! Total cluster during the day but if you go early in the morning or late at night it is glorious.
So much chowder, I was in heaven, Cam wound up with a stomach ache. Worth it.
When you come to Seattle, you have to get pierogies! It is right next door to the first Starbucks by Pike Market.
Gasworks Park in Seattle
My dad’s fraternity house at University of Washington. Looks like they just threw a rager.
Visiting my Uncle’s spot where his ashes were scattered, right in front of Husky Stadium. He loved Husky football and he and my dad would spend hours on the phone reading the Husky Football blog together!
I wasn’t kidding when I said it was all on fire….
A black squirrel, so now we are in Vancouver!
Totally normal Barbie Meat Dress
Stanley Park across from downtown Vancouver. All of BC was on fire when we were there which is so sad, hence the haze. Apparently 8/20 in Vancouver was the worst air pollution day in the world according to WSJ. And we were there! Probably should have worn masks.
A spot at Stanley Park where all of the totem poles live.
Traditional poutine and a smoked meat sandwich. The whole time we asked the locals on where to go for food and cocktails. This poutine joint did not disappoint.
Waterfront in Downtown Vancouver, such an amazing city!
Selfie in Granville Island, which was one of my favorite places on this trip.
Decked out silos in Granville Island…
Off to Whistler!
Kelowna time! For those who don’t know, Kelowna is a gorgeous town in BC that has wineries on a massive lake. Again, the smoke was there but we didn’t let it get the best of us! This pic is of Mission Hill Winery in Kelowna. The top is what it normally looks like and bottom picture is what we saw. It ended up clearing up a little later on, but again, need to go back and experience it in a different way!
Such a great trip, one for the books! Thanks for amusing me and reading this post 🙂
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