It’s that time of the year when I say goodbye for a few weeks, give you my thanks, and give you a little personal life update. 2018 has been an incredibly interesting year full of personal highs, personal struggles, and all kinds of stuff in between.
On a personal front, 2018 was a bit of a struggle for a few reasons. My husband has been dealing with food sensitivities this year. While this has been his health struggle, it has been our fight to get him the right foods and keep him healthy and happy. It started with lots of tests and continued unknown. Watching the person you love struggle with the basic need of food is heart-wrenching, particularly when you can’t help. Luckily he’s found a lot of answers since this started earlier this year and while we’re not out of the dark yet, I’m happy to say I have a healthy husband on my hands again.
And on another personal front, the fires that swept through Paradise, California destroyed my hometown. Wildfires are a norm in our area, but it’s usually fairly rural. For the urban catastrophes of northern California, they haven’t been in my town, so it literally didn’t hit me that close to home. And then in a matter of hours, everything I grew up with was potentially gone, razed in the most incomprehensible manner, including my family’s homes and business. I’m fortunate, or lucky, or blessed, I guess, to say that my family’s homes and business are still standing. The experience, however, of losing so much of my hometown and how that will shape up in the long term (the story of Paradise’s loss is far from over) is one with which I (and everyone else) are still dealing. I plan to write about the experience in a way that’s honest and true, but that’s something to save for the new year.
In other news, blogging has been full of personal bests and accomplishments as well as frustrations and moments (yes, many more than one) of debating my future here. I’m happy to say I’ll be back and plan to stay for a while, but so much of the backend goes covered up by the photos and image that I portray. That’s why I always like to take these opportunities to be a little more honest about “the blogger life.”
Through all of this, of course, writing here and sharing images of ideas for fashion, food, and frivolity has kept me in balance. When the world around me seems unexplainable or, at best, up in the air, the continuity and dependability of curating content keeps me grounded. You all let me live in a world of happy where I can create what’s within my abilities; where I can share what amuses me; and where I can pretend for a few hours per day that everything is easy and fine.
When I started reading blogs all those years ago, I looked forward to the small escape from my reality where things were pretty, people were happy, and where I was inspired. I’ve continued to keep that in mind when creating content, which is why I only allude to difficult times and troubling realities. Each of you has your own life you’re trying to take care of and I can only hope that each of these morsels brings you a moment of respite. Because let’s be real. Adulting is hard and while it’s worth it, it can be a real pain in the ass!
On that not so elegant note, I wish you all a beautiful holiday season and Happy New Year. May you eat tasty food, make wonderful memories, and smile more than you stress! I’ll be back here January 7. In the meantime, I’ll be on Instagram and Facebook, sharing whatever morsels I find!
With all my love,