So yeah… it has been awhile since I have posted. To be honest, I have had some health challenges for the last two years that have been real game changers for me. We’ve lost some family to cancer, a grandparent to a delightfully ripe old age. Things that can really knock the wind out of your sails.
I still make things from scratch, I still can home-grown or locally-grown veggies, make my own bread and strive toward clean eating for myself and my family. But sometimes we eat at Chipotle, or In and Out Burger. Or we have mac and cheese for dinner. Or takeout pizza.
Sometimes we just can’t do it all. Am I right? Add stressful situations to a busy life, and it becomes more tricky, sticky. Priorities can change daily, suddenly.
At times the world of real food projects are my therapy, sometimes what I do in my kitchen is my #kitchenhappy: capturing an awesome food shot, trying a new recipe, achieving a food goal. Other times life’s demands make it feel more like that 32 oz glass bottle of oil that fell from a seven foot high shelf and exploded all over me and my kitchen floor: just too much to deal with, a real #kitchentastrophe.
I have had to learn both are ok, because if we are being really honest with ourselves, we really can’t do it all. In the world of Pinterest and food blogs a-plenty, it’s easy to start to feel inadequate. Most of us don’t have a team of folks in our kitchens to prep ingredients, plan meals, take awesome pictures and blog about it with panacea-laden delight (and get paid for it!). Some can do it and do it well. Meanwhile, most of us will sometimes have to put down our wooden spoon, dial for take out and call it good because…well, it’s better that way… for everyone.
I wrote this today to tell you IT IS OK. If you need permission to reassess your #balancepoint: that line between realistic and unrealistic FOR YOU…then I am here to give it to you. Do it for you. That tipping point between doable and crazy is always changing because life does. No victory is too small in the world of real food. Find your small victory today and let everything else go. Finding your victory today means you’ll be more likely to again take up that spoon tomorrow…or next week…or when it feels like the right time. If today you feel like that time will be never, that is ok too. I get it. I really do.
Be kind to yourself. I am reminding myself to do the same.