It’s been almost two years since I first swallowed my embarrassment and hit publish on this silly little blog. I spend an excessive amount of time thinking and daydreaming about food and blogging for someone who works full time at a job not related to either of those things. My dream of making blogging my job is just as implausible as it was two years ago, and yet I can’t quit.
Why am I even saying these things out loud? I promise it’s not to bore you, though that’s no doubt what I’ve done. When I started this blog, I made two hard and fast rules; to have fun and to be true to my voice.
When blogging starts to feel like a chore, I’m breaking rule number one. When I think about my stats more than my own creativity, I’m breaking rule number two. It’s time to reevaluate. It’s time to be inspired.
I’m inspired every day by the ocean and the mountains that surround me, the rainbows that spring up like magic, and even the rain that traps me inside.
I’m inspired by a walk through the grocery store, spying new flavors and imagining new combination. The colors and smells make me smile. I could spend all day just wandering the aisles.
I’m inspired by my husband and my daughter who love me even on days like today when I’m trapped in my own head.
I’m inspired by you, you crazy kid. You keep reading, and I don’t know why, but I love you for it.
And because I can’t bear to leave you with only my own pathetic musings, here are the bloggers that really inspire me. They are endlessly creative. Their voices are pure and go straight to my heart. Their success feels effortless, though I know they must work their butts off. I think it’s the dancer in me that believes effortlessness is a virtue.
When I grow up I want to be just like:
- Darla at Bakingdom. I have secret plans to stalk her across the globe until I can finally meet her one day and buy her a chai.
- Jessica at How Sweet It Is, who manages to talk so winningly about her personal life without making a complete dork of herself.
- Joy at Joy the Baker. She is everything!
- Tracy at Shutterbean. Can I just live in her photos?
- Megan from Take a Megabite. She’s just too adorable to live.
- Sarah at The Sugar Hit. Everything about her site is so tight. It’s the perfect delicious little package.
Who inspires you to grow? Where are you trying to get to? What do you want to be when you grow up? Whatever it is, never stop moving toward it.