I was asked this question this week and it felt very timely. It is a question I haven’t thought about in a while. When I first had the idea, I felt trapped in a job that I didn’t enjoy. I was reading “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle and I felt inspired. I thought, “I can do this.” I could work really really hard and make this my job one day. I’m a pretty determined person, and I feel like I can do most things I set my mind to. Not without a lot of hard work. I’m not afraid of working hard. I knew that this would be an extremely long-term goal, but I told myself, “I’m still young.” “If one day I could make half of what I’m making right now working twice as much, that would be worth it to be doing what I love.”
Things Have Changed
Things have changed quite a bit since then. I really enjoy my current job. I didn’t think I would ever get to that place as a pharmacist. I always felt like pharmacy just wasn’t a good fit for me, but I don’t feel the need to escape my career as I once did. I actually really like it.
Many of you know that my son Jack was stillborn in March of 2021. The loss of my child has changed everything. I don’t have the same energy that I once did. Priorities have changed. Sometimes it is hard enough to just make it through another day. I haven’t had the motivation to take on anything extra, but the truth is I miss working on this blog. I was having so much fun with it. I’m so glad I was asked this week why I wanted to start a food blog. It made me think about what I love about my little site.
What do I Love About Tastes Just Like a Memory?
- #1 will always be when one of you makes one of my recipes. Nothing makes me happier than sharing good food with people I love. It absolutely makes my day to hear from someone that they made my recipe for their family or when someone shares a picture.
- Listening to music while cooking in the kitchen truly is one of my happiest places. I feel most like myself when I am in this zone. There and in nature I feel so at ease. So peaceful and content.
- Learning about food. When I am working on a new recipe, I have so much fun soaking up new information and asking Google my most ridiculous questions. Reading a cookbook while sipping a cup of coffee in the morning feels like vacation. Dylan pointed out to me recently that despite what I may have thought most of my life, I do in fact love to study. I love to learn.
A New Direction
This blog isn’t a dream about a way out for me anymore. I don’t need that. I just want it to be fun. Working on my blog has always felt like “me-time”. I’m going to enjoy the learning process. That is what I truly love about this site and what I want to share. I always wanted to go to culinary school, and I still may when I retire. Until then, I will just be learning and sharing and making new memories with anyone who thinks this journey is interesting enough to follow along with. I’m going to share the embarrassing questions that I ask Google. The ones I probably should know if I call myself a “good cook”. I’ll share more about myself and my life. I’ll show you all the imperfections and what my kitchen actually looks like while trying to get anything done with a four-year-old in the house. I want to sincerely thank you for taking the time to read this. Your support means everything, and I’m so excited to do this with you!
Thanks dad! 🙂