Finding My Stride

When I started this blog in September, I really had no idea what it was going to turn into. I still don’t. Pretty much going into the project I had two goals. First, I wanted to share with others my experiences in trying to find a lifestyle that is healthy, enjoyable and maintainable, and secondly, I wanted to work at bringing writing back into my life.

The first item is essentially what I’ve struggled with for three years now, and I wanted to present posts that prove to others that there are people just like them in the world. As much as I want to be one of those bad ass women who seem to be able to do everything—cooking amazing food, working out everyday of the week, running marathons, taking professional looking pictures, dressing well, making progress in their careers and all of that jazz…I’m just not there. Frankly, I don’t think most people are. Learning to find that kind of balance takes a lot of time and patience. It also takes a lot of failures in addition to the successes. It doesn’t happen overnight, no matter how much you want it to.

The second item is a biggie for me. I’ve always been a writer. As a little girl I wrote stories, or chronicled what was going on in my life in more than a “Dear Diary” kind of way. I wrote essays that teachers didn’t even assign because I was interested in the subjects. Despite going to an arts high school for music, I found that my greatest moment in school was having my one act play performed at The Magic Theatre as part of the Young California Writers Project. I just knew this was what I wanted to do.

Problems started with my writing when I entered college. I majored in English with a Creative Writing focus, and although the classes were fun and I met some cool people, it wasn’t quite the type of writing I wanted to do. Despite my successful foray in high school, fiction, playwriting and especially poetry are things that I enjoy experiencing, but not creating. I enjoy either reporting on or fictionalizing reality a lot more than I enjoy making things up. Frankly, I think real life is much more interesting.

After spending 2-3 years writing several pieces a week on subjects that I wasn’t all that passionate about, I graduated from college feeling out of touch with my inner author. So I stopped writing. No blogging, journaling, fictionalizing or reporting. As time went on, I knew that I wanted to write for a living, but I just didn’t know how to get back into it. When 2010 rolled around and I realized I had been out of college for a full five years, I felt like it was the right time to get my voice back. I decided to start a blog where I talk about life and things that are happening around me in the moment, and hopefully, through the exercise, I would find my path.

Why am I telling you all of this?

Just because I wanted you to understand what I’m doing here, perhaps in a little more depth than what I’ve included in my About section.

And just because it was on my mind!

I’ve been thinking about the writing I’m producing here, and I like it. It’s not quite fully realized yet and it’s a little bit gritty…but so am I! I also like sharing the process with all of you. I’ve received some great feedback and have been making some new friends, so thanks for taking the time out to stop by and read. I really appreciate it.

NOW…

….it’s time for my bi-weekly Greenhearts CSA post!

IMG_2729[1] Romaine Lettuce IMG_2738 Assorted Summer Squash
IMG_2737 Red Russian Kale IMG_2741 Apple

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Nantes Carrots

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Broccoli

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Loose Baby Spinach

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Brussels Sprouts

IMG_2739 Persimmons, Sweet Dumpling Winter Squash and Pippin/Fuji Apples IMG_2735

Parsnips

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Fuyu Persimmons
IMG_2742 Sweet Dumpling Winter Squash

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Exactly what I was thinking!

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Man, I love me some Brussels Sprouts…

I’m pretty jazzed about my box this go around. It has some of my favorite things in there, such as apples, broccoli and brussels sprouts AND it has things that I’m really excited to try, such as the persimmons, kale and parsnips. It’s going to be a fun cooking week!

If you are a blogger, what made you decide to start up your blog? Also, what should I do with my squash?

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