Saturday, May 19, 2012

When Life Happens

Hi there!  If you're a regular around these parts, you've probably been wondering if I'll ever be returning to the blogsphere.  Of course the answer is yes :)  The bigger question at hold is where have I been?  The easiest answer that I can provide you with, is that sometimes when life happens, blogging doesn't happen.  Haven't you ever noticed blogs that you loved suddenly go under when a major life event happens? A wedding, a baby, a move, a graduation.... and as the reader your left feeling kind of sad.  I never understood why someone who loved to blog would just stop, but I have to say that I do understand (and no, I'm not leaving).

I started my blog mostly for myself - to be able to look back and say "OH! That's where I was then," but I also started it to share my recipes with the world.  I noticed as I blogged during graduate school, that whenever my life picked up and got busy, my blog slowed down.  For me personally, it's always been an issue of balance - having time to eat a healthy diet (and cook one!), sleep enough, exercise enough and spend enough time with my family and friends.  The question is, what is enough? How does blogging fit in there?

In my case, I started a new job as a clinical dietitian which I truly adore.  I learn so much everyday and I love the staff at my hospital - everyone is so kind.  I love that I get to work with people and that I'm able to educate them on how to follow a healthy diet.  It's been incredible.  However, I do end up driving 45 minutes in each direction to my job (which I don't mind - it's relaxing and I like having that much time with my own thoughts) but by the time I get home, it's time to work out and do 8,000 other things.  The evenings have left me little time for coming up with new recipes :(  In the beginning, I really struggled with maintaining a good work/life balance, but I feel like now I'm starting to figure it all out.

What does that mean?  Well, for one, I missed blogging and I've started to think of ways in which I'll incorporate it in.  This will probably mean more planned posts on the weekend and less posts during the week...then I'll kind of go from there. 

Since you're probably dying for a recipe, I strongly encourage you to make this Mozzarella, Tomato & Basil Risotto from Cooking Light.

I fully encourage using 8 oz mozzarella :)

Now, I'm off to pure barre, the bank, the car wash, the tailor, goodwill, maybe the shoe repair shop....and later the zoo :)  See you soon, but not too soon :)

What have you been up to lately? Do you blog consistently?