Changing Pace...

Hi Friends –

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking with the start of the New Year and so I have been pretty quiet on the blog this month.  I’ve been craving more time away from the computer and more simplicity in my life.  

After much thought and nearly 5 years of posting almost every week (234 blog posts!), I’ve decided to take a BIG step back from my blog, though I’m not exactly sure what that will look like.  

What I do know is this:

  • I still plan to share my foodie finds in shorter-form formats, as my motivation for Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest has not waned (and because what else would I do during my daily train commute?)
  • I still may blog on occasion.  Or I might not.  I don’t want to make any promises, but I do suspect there will be a number of things that I will be so excited to share (veg fests! international trips! favorite cookbooks! chocolate!) that they will draw me back towards that blinking cursor and bring me back to the blogosphere periodically.
  • And I’ll still be an avid follower of the countless other blogs, instagrammers, tweeters, pinners, etc that I love.  In fact, I should have even more time for reading… and maybe even for writing the occasional guest post?

I’m pretty sure I’m going to really miss blogging, though I’m looking forward to having more time to do my favorite things… face-timing with my nieces… taking walks around my neighborhood… RELAXING… hopefully making it to the gym more… and to trying my hand at gardening this Spring!

And I am sure I will never forget the positive impact that blogging has had on me.  

When I started my blog 5 years ago, I loved cooking but didn’t know much about it.  I ate TV-dinners most nights and got breakfasts & lunches in the work cafeteria (usually omelets & grilled cheese sandwiches).  I always talked about food a lot and loved trying new restaurants, but didn’t have much of a community that felt the same way.

In trying to seek out “blog-worthy” information & experiences, my eyes were opened to Veganism (I’m 95% there!), Bulk-Cooking/Meal-Prep, and Communities like Power to the Veg (love their Food Swap!), my local PPK Potluck Group, and The Veg Cookbook Club.  I’ve made friends like Laura & Darrin, JeniMeganAparna, Kristin, Sarah & Laura, Cindy, Rachael, Elizabeth and so many more.  I pack my breakfast and lunch every day for work, and I can’t recall the last time I had a TV-dinner…

…None of that will change.  And I hope to continue learning, growing, and sharing…. though I’ll be sharing on a much smaller and less frequent scale.

Thank you for joining me on this journey.  I hope you’ll continue to follow along at my new slower pace.

Sincerely,

Diana

 

P.S. I’ll end with a mimic of Bonzai Aphrodite’s “Le Love List”, since I do still have SO much that I want to share… I just wish the blog posts would write themselves!

I’m so excited that Game Nights are no longer un-cool.  I’ve attended 3 this month, each completely epic in proportions including Charades with coworkers till 1am, a dozen people drawing crazy pictures for Telestrations, and vintage SceneIt  /*/*/*/ This month’s PPK potluck was one of our best EVER. The “Alphabet Soup” theme was a riot – everyone made dishes that started with the letter of their first name.  I made Deviled Kale Salad from Salad Samurai.  And I am still dreaming about Nissa’s Nanaimo Bars (modified from this recipe/*/*/*/ How cool was Chipotle’s Sofritas Day?!? The line at the location by my office wrapped around the restaurant and out the door – full of people wanting Tofu, including at least 5 of my non-veg coworkers! /*/*/*/I’m so proud of Kim, founder of Sant fruit infusions for launching her first KickStarter campaign (psst… even $1 helps greatly with visibility for her campaign!)  /*/*/*/ The Thin Mint went Vegan /*/*/*/My cat also wants me to spend less time at the computer.  She keeps popping into the office, meowing, and walking away – trying to get me to join her in in her favorite room of the house – the bedroom. /*/*/*/ Mike fell in love with the Pizza Tempeh Salad from Salad Samurai.  I want to make Cadry’s 5-min Eggy Tofu & Toast a regular weekend breakfast. /*/*/*/ I love this Easy Activism tip from Vegan Street – Consider asking a local restaurant on their Facebook page what vegan offerings might be available for diners /*/*/*/ And I am so appreciative to all the readers that have stopped by my blog over the years!