Over the last several months I have really struggled with writing here on SSL, especially the last two months. As I’ve read articles about food blog trends and what you should and shouldn’t post about, my struggle with the lack of writing here as been deeply personal. Without going into detail, the latter part of 2012 has been filled with many challenges which I have never felt the need to share publicly. These challenges consumed my time and energy which unfortunately meant I had to set the blog aside.
When I started blogging in 2009, I felt so much joy in writing, photographing, and sharing recipes. I blogged for the fun of it and the outlet it provided me as a stay-at-home mom. I remember the night I published my first post and my husband said, “The moment it stops being fun for you is the moment you need to stop.” I remember his words so clearly. I never imagined it would stop being fun for me. But over the years, the enthusiasm I once seem to have diminished especially after my dad died. When Dad passed away suddenly after Christmas two years ago, my life perspective shifted permanently. Things haven’t been the same since – neither for better or for worse… just different.
Being that today is the last day of the year, I’m hoping that 2013 will be better for both you and me. I don’t have a recipe for you. Instead, I just want to wish you a Happy New Year. May this be the year we all seek and find a lasting peace, joy, love, hope, and contentment. Here’s to new beginnings.