Awesome in November | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Awesome in November

Awesome in November | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

November has been busy but awesome. I’ve been dedicating so much extra time to this blog, it’s almost like having two jobs. Except I don’t get paid for one of them. Yet. Hopefully, you’ll help me change all that.

We started off this month with a short trip to Chester. It was so restorative. Exactly what I needed in these dark months.

Have you been having your heart broken and your mind blown by Seven Worlds One Planet this month? We could probably watch nothing but David Attenborough nature documentaries forever. I can’t believe the shots they’re able to get. So beautiful. It’s on the BBC in the UK. I hope it’s showing somewhere in America as well.

I’ve also taken a couple of free webinars this month. They’re helping me focus on improving my food blog and turning it into a real business. I don’t have the money to take the courses that these free webinars are selling, but both Beth Kirby of Local Milk and Sarah Fennel of Foodtography School and Broma Bakery have given me a lot to work with. I definitely recommend subscribing to their email lists if you want to improve your photography. They have some free resources and great tips to improve your online images, and I feel like they have a really healthy and realistic approach. If you get to take or have taken their courses, let me know how they went.

Internet food is so good right now. This Sheet Pan Egg in a Hole with Sausage and Breakfast Potatoes is such a genius idea. I never want to stop eating this.

Mac and cheese is a controversial Thanksgiving side dish, but I think this Pumpkin Mac and Cheese should definitely count.

My Thanksgiving hot take is that traditional pumpkin pie is not that great. This Classic Pumpkin Pie with Chocolate Whip could change my mind.

Whipped Ricotta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your favorite posts this month were Whipped Ricotta, Poinsettia Champagne Cocktails, and Peanut Butter Fudge. It feels like we’re having a party, and I’m totally into.

November is always tough. The darkness is real. But Christmas is right around the corner, and we’re bringing in some extra light. It’s gonna be awesome.

Hold That Thought | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Hold That Thought

Thoughts and feelings are swirling right now, friends, and I’ve made some decisions. The past few years, I’ve been really inconsistent and non-committal with this blog. I didn’t give it the energy that it really needed to be properly nourished.

In the past I’ve taken long, unplanned breaks because I just didn’t feel like I had anything to say. This is different.

I wanted to let you know that I’m taking a planned, totally intentional, and completely focused break this time. There won’t be any new posts here for a couple of weeks at least. In the meantime, we’ll be doing a bit of tidying up in this space. Cleansing. Renewal.

I’m still sorting through exactly what that will look like, both literally and figuratively. Some archived recipes might disappear from the feed to give us a fresh start. Or not because you can’t erase your past. Renewal is a process, and I’m still working through it.

What I do know is that I’m committed. I want to have my own business someday, and I feel like this blog could be the key that unlocks that door, or maybe even the door itself. We’re making things happen, friends. Come along for the ride.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear your feedback. What kind of content do you most enjoy? What else would you be open to reading about? Where do you like to hang out on social media? Leave a comment and let me know.

I hope those of you who read this blog will stick with me. If you visit and things look a bit wonky, extend a little patience and know that it will all pay off. I’m here for it all. It’s gonna be awesome.

Be Awesome: Take a Break

Be Awesome: Take a Break

Be Awesome: Take a Break

I took a bit of a break from blogging this week. I’m sure nobody noticed but me. I hadn’t planned it. I just woke up last Sunday feeling very anti-work. The thought of going in to my kitchen made me want to smash things. I work hard at my job all week, and for once, I wanted to have a weekend where I didn’t have to do even more work. Work for which I get paid mere pennies, I might add. I knew I wouldn’t be able to create anything special, which would only make me feel more frustrated. And I don’t want to give you guys anything that’s less than awesome.

The strange thing about it was how guilty I felt about the whole thing. No cooking and shooting over the weekend means no posts for most of the week. Taking Sunday off turned into disappearing from the internet for days. It was troubling and liberating all at the same time. I may have lost my mind.

Guilt has always been one of my biggest struggles. I’ve always had big dreams, a thirst for excellence, but with no extraordinary talent, I knew the only way to achieve it would be through hard work. Plot twist. I’m kind of lazy. I like watching movies, reading books, and eating long meals with friends and family. It’s how I recharge. None of those things move me closer to my professional goals.

And yet I wonder, when I’ve reached the end of my life, what moments will mean the most to me? It would likely feel pretty gratifying to have created a successful blog that helped people not only eat awesome food, but relax and enjoy their lives without worrying how much money they’re making. But how can I encourage people to be awesome if I can’t even allow myself to take an occasional weekend off without feeling like a total loser?

It was my daughter, one of the wisest people I know, who simply said, “Mom, it’s okay to take a day off now and then.” As always, she was right. I stepped away, tried to relax, even though it was difficult, and now I feel refreshed, inspired, and ready to share something awesome. I can go back in to my kitchen with a smile and know that the food I produce will be flavored with love and not frustration. It’s a good thing.

I missed you, friends, but I’m happy to be back. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, by all means, follow my daughter’s advice. Take a break. You don’t have to go to an expensive spa or take a fancy vacation. Just shirk a few of your lesser responsibilities with abandon. Maybe shut off your computer, or even put down your phone. Do the things that make you happy so that you can be better at your work on the other end. It may feel a bit selfish, but please, do your best no to feel guilty about it. That’s the hardest part.

We’re here to be awesome, kids. Let’s do it!

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