Warning: What follows is an entirely stream of consciousness description about where I’ve been, what I’ve been doing, and what’s happening next. Enjoy, or scoff at my self importance and close your browser… Then follow me on Instagram so you know when the next healthy recipe is posted.
Not sure how this happened, but I haven’t spoken to you in two months. For someone who considers herself a blogger, I sure don’t do it much. I really have been thinking about you, though– planning a content heavy, full-force comeback… One that I pushed back and back and back as life happened.
A move, a new apartment, a new job, three work trips, two bachelorette parties, a birthday, and not a single recipe was made or shot for you. I’m kinda sorry, but to tell you the truth, it’s been fun. Really fun and really challenging and really full of self-reflection. I guess that’s what turning 25 in a new city does to a girl.
I write this to you from my (first ever) one bedroom apartment in Austin, sipping a cup of turmeric ginger tea (did I mention I live in Austin now?), with the new Roy Woods album playing in the background. I’m not really sure how to even organize this post. Do I tell you about everything that’s been going on, down to the nitty gritty detail? Or do I stop at the simple list above, opting to leave you with the philosophical tidbits I’ve gathered along the way?
I guess I’ll go with a little bit of both.
In short, it’s pretty good, but not without its challenges. My brother and my best friend are getting married, and I’m a bridesmaid in both weddings. As much as I (mostly in jest) begrudge all the pomp and circumstance associated with both events, I am overjoyed to see my loved ones so incredibly happy. I’ve also learned that I can host a mean wedding shower (or two).
In between all the wedding and work travel I’ve already mentioned, I’m still trying to get acclimated to living in my new/old city. Frankly, making friends as an adult is weird and a little difficult. In Houston, creating the Houston Food Blogger Collective linked me to people who became some of my favorite humans. I’m fortunate to have found a few gems in Austin, but it’s still just… Different. I’m hopeful that once I can start staying put more often, I’ll feel more settled in my relationships here. (Real talk, though, accepting any and all anecdotal advice on this one.)
Speaking of relationships, I’m dating again? Or, you know, giving it the old Harvard try. As you might’ve guessed based on the preceding sentences, it’s been a pretty lackluster experience. I’m a firm believer that timing is everything, and I’m starting to realize that, right now, it just makes more sense to stay focused on my hustle.
Right, the hustle. This might be lame, but work has been the most rewarding aspect of this move, aside from decorating #thepetiteladypad. I have no doubt that moving my life around for my new gig, otherwise known as Lead Registered Dietitian at Snap Kitchen, was the right move.
The work I’m doing now is definitely more demanding than before, but it’s a better fit and even more fulfilling. Per usual, I do a little bit of this and a little bit of that– menu planning, nutrition education/training, copywriting, etc. But if you know me IRL, then you already know that I work best in this type of environment. Work isn’t boring if you’re never bored. Plus, at this point in my life, I’m just eager to soak up every bit of “this is how a business works” that I can. Pretty grateful to have an opportunity to do just that. Hashtag blessed.
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What I want to do right now: kill it at work; take things less seriously; form new, quality friendships; maintain my old ones; go on fun dates; fall in love or maybe not; work out 4-5 times a week; have a glass of wine or whiskey or both; create insanely delicious, stupid easy recipes; take beautiful photographs of them so YOU want to make them; finish decorating my apartment; be my authentic self all the time; embrace my physical appearance so I can help you learn how to, too; have my eyebrows and nails done at all times; not care if my eyebrows or nails are done; get ~8 hours of sleep each night; read more fiction books; read more nonfiction books; be the most expert nutrition expert I can be; answer all my emails, including personal ones; write thank you notes promptly; drink at least a gallon of water each day; become less reliant on coffee; avoid saying stupid sh*t in meetings; curse less; embrace a more plant-based diet; item; item; item; item; figure out how to be ok with not doing or being everything on this list right this second
You could say it’s a work in progress.
So, yeah, hi. I’ve missed you. Thanks for letting me drone on and on about myself for so long. Felt pretty weird but also kinda good, tbh. Now… Let’s eat?