To say my heart turned away from this space for awhile is an obvious statement. Posts stopped coming naturally and after a few forced attempts at posting, I gave up. For the first time in over three years, blogging just wasn't a priority of mine.
That reality stung. I was heart broken from the loss of a passion. But I stepped back, knowing that forcing it wasn't making it any better. So I escaped into other projects. I escaped into the woods. And I escaped to Seattle. I allowed my mind to see daily occurences as memories and not just blog posts. It was so....nice. Being in one place without imaging how to recreate it allowed my inner creative self to get the rest it needed.
I sat in a coffee shop in Seattle, watching the business casual hipsters on their way to work, while I sipped a fabulous latte & enjoyed the cool breeze coming up from the lake just down the hill. And words suddenly had meaning again. I could see how writing and creating blog posts would fit back into my life. I wrote out a plan and have made it happen. I couldn't be more thrilled.
So that's where I've been. Resting. Experiencing. Dreaming.
So where am I going? That's something I've been trying to answer for a few months now. The first stop was a literal move in blogging platforms. I've been with Blogger since the start, but it wasn't where I wanted to be anymore. I wanted to control my own space and I wanted all my websites to be as streamlined as possible. So, I moved my blog into Drupal, which is what Fueled by Cocktails & my portfolio website are also on. The sites can "talk" to each other more, and I'm able to make each site mirror each other for a more cohesive online presence. (I'm still working on the other two sites...) So with the change in platforms came a little facelift for this blog. Hope you like it.
(PS: There's a Random button. Over on the sidebar there's a "Random" button. When pressed, it brings up one old post from my past. It's a fun way to jump around my site & get a feel for this blog. I've been obsessively pressing it and am always delighted by its results.)
I'll also be writing more about food & cocktails. Fueled by Cocktails is my passion project & I really want to share more of that passion with you. I originally intended to blog over at Fueled by Cocktails, but decided I wanted to keep all of my writing in one place. The Fueled by Cocktail website will be my recipe index, and this will be its story.
Finally, in the the attempt to allow my creative self the rest it needs (and to accomodate for the freelance gigs I've started to take on), I will be writing here a little less. But that will mean better quality posts, which is what we all want anyway.
So to those who have made it through the journey with me, you're the best! There's so much more to come & I hope you'll stick around.