Becoming a Mom has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I anticipated many sleep deprived days, poopy diapers, and crying fits. While there have been (and continue to be) many of these, I didn't anticipate how much love I would feel for this little person, and the amount of joy that being a parent would bring me.
I've had the entire summer off from work to adjust to life as a Mom and spend time getting to know Harper. We have spent as much time as possible outside enjoying the weather, lounging in coffee shops and snuggling in hammocks. It's been my favorite summer, ever.
I thought a lot about this little space throughout the summer as well. I had a couple hundred loyal followers for a while as I awkwardly navigated my way through each post. I'm sure that number today is down to almost zero, but if anyone is out there still reading, thank you!
When I first started The Salted Kitchen, I really wanted it to be a place where I posted my favorite recipes, worked on my food photography, and shared knowledge on nutrition and exercise science. Somewhere along the way, I felt required to write like other healthy living blogs. By this, I mean becoming very personal. I felt required to not only post frequently (which I was never very good at), but to share about my personal life in each post. This is where things got really difficult for me. I'm a very private person, and felt really uncomfortable about sharing details of my personal life online. I still wanted to blog, but I didn't want to share details about my private life. I struggled with where to draw the line, and found I wasn't writing naturally, or in a way that I was comfortable with. Then I started to wonder why I was doing it at all, if it wasn't something I felt good doing. So I just stopped writing.
I've decided I want to pick this back up, but in a way that I look forward to posting. If that means not a single soul reads it, I'm okay with that. I really just want a place that I can write what I'm passionate about.
If my pictures aren't perfect, that's okay. If I'm not writing long, elaborate posts filled with stories about each recipe, that's okay too. When I finally accepted that this is okay, I started getting excited about filling the pages of this blog again. I've gone through an deleted the posts I'm uncomfortable having out in public, and feel like I'm getting a much needed fresh start.