We live in this age where we type out little blurbs about our lives and with one click, share with the world about how awesome everything is. We also get to take dozens of photos of ourselves, choose our favorite one, edit and add filters, and then present this flawless version of who people think we are. My point is that even though I haven’t been sharing a whole lot lately, I’m still guilty of filtering or withholding what’s really happening, thus causing me to be quite dormant on the blog and on social media.
I’ve been experiencing a lot of stress, pressure, frustration, disappointment, and homesickness leaving me unmotivated and too exhausted to write. I kept telling myself that things would change soon and I would have something positive to share instead, but they haven’t and I can’t just continue to remain silent.
I crave balance in my life (go figure.. I’m a Libra), so when my life feels like it has none, I become very unhappy, very quickly. Right now I’m overwhelmed with trying to balance work, friends, family, the blog, and of course this mythical thing called “Me Time.” I put an extreme amount of pressure on myself to keep all of these aspects in my life harmoniously synced, but I’m failing and it adds to the list of nasty feelings I’m harboring inside.
My mental and physical endurance, time management, and problem solving skills are all being put to the test and so far I haven’t been able to keep up. I’m not writing about it because the bad times have passed and I no longer feel those things, I’ve just simply decided to open up, write no matter what, and take things one day at a time. Are you guys ready for weekly Daily Life posts again? If so, speak up! I’ll share the ups, downs, and in-between so long as you’re still hanging in there with me.
Let’s start to switch gears and celebrate the handful of good moments in the past month!
Thanksgiving was not our usual big feast at our place since I had to work later that day, but we were able to spend it with two of our close friends and their adorable two year old daughter. She often plops down in your lap with a Dr. Seuss book and asks you to read to her, gives herself magic marker and ink pen “tattoos,” and upon seeing any photo of my husband, Josh (also nicknamed Bacon), says, “That’s my Bacon!” which is her subtle way of reminding me that he is HER man, not mine! 😉 I’d be lying to you if I said she didn’t give us both major baby fever, but there’s no plans for bacon bits at present time.. sorry moms!
Then, I don’t know how it happened, but Britnee and I miraculously got her birthday off last Wednesday. We celebrated the much needed day off and her birthday by heading for the coast to picnic, drink lots of wine, and take photos. It felt like a weight was lifted off of my chest as soon as I set my eyes on the ocean, which reminded me how much I need nature in my life to stay sane. We finished the day off with tiki drinks at Trader Vic’s and then several hours of pinball and arcade games at Ground Kontrol.
Another exciting thing that happened is that the new issue of Skin Deep came out with a feature about the blog and myself! It was pretty surreal to flip through one of the number one tattoo magazines in the UK and see my silly mug staring back at me! It’s also the first time I’ve had one of my recipes published in a magazine! It’s an exclusive so I won’t be sharing the recipe here, but you can get it by ordering a copy or online version from SkinDeep.com. And believe me.. you’ll want it: It’s a Rum Spiked Salted Caramel Milkshake made with.. you guessed it: Sailor Jerry! After taking several long sips I exclaimed, “Oh shiiiiiii… this is way too good!” and proceeded to take down the rest of the boozy ice cream concoction and call that my supper. And while you drink your own dinner you can flip through the rest of the awesome artwork, convention coverage, and interviews!
That’s all I have for you guys today, but stay tuned for some new recipes and DIY projects!