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Here we go again…

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Are you noticing a pattern here? I’ll get really into the blog for a while and then go radio silent for months. Well, I’m not making any promises, but I’m hoping this time it will stick. You see, I’ve been doing some soul-searching over the past few months…

I started a new job back in April, which has been a great change for me. I’m a creature of habit and routines, so the structure and steady paycheck of a corporate job is definitely what I needed. As with any big change, it takes some time to get into a groove and that’s where the blog fell to the wayside. But because I can’t sit still for more than 5 minutes, the itch to get back into a creative outlet has been nagging at me for a few months now.

I debated for a while whether or not to start the blog again. I didn’t want to start it up for a month only for it to fizzle out again. But over the summer, I discovered some really great books and podcasts (and several glasses of wine shared with Kevin) that led me to do some needed self-reflection. I realized that in the past, I looked at my blog as a way to get out of an unhappy situation (usually a job) that I was in. I would put so much pressure on myself to make the blog successful and get new business, thinking that would make me happier. But by trying to be like these uber-successful celeb status bloggers, I was just feeling worse about myself. Nothing I had was ever good enough, and even when I reached a certain level or acquired whatever item I was lusting over, there was always something else to be had. And so I just got burnt out. Keeping up with Joneses is a tiring game.

This isn’t to say I’ve completely figured out life and don’t care about what people think of me anymore – my vulnerability to the comparison game always has and probably always will be one of my greatest flaws – but I have started to develop an awareness of when that icky Jones-y feeling kicks in, and it’s usually after reading those perfect fashion blogs or Instagram and feeling like I just have to have those Valentino shoes.

So I decided if I was going to start blogging again, I would want it to be a place that would still inspire people, but not in a way that would make people feel bad about themselves. I hope that my recipes, workouts, and entertaining tips will inspire you in a way that is attainable, not aspirational. I want to share content and ideas that will help elevate the everyday with what’s already in your home, so that you can savor and enjoy what you already have.

This has always been a personal struggle for me – accepting myself, savoring and enjoying what I already have – so we’ll see how this goes. Won’t you come along for the ride?

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Blogging Struggles

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The hump to this Hump-day is extra large for me today. I woke up today feeling especially unmotivated and uninspired. All morning I’ve been thinking what do I blog about, what do I write? But the harder I thought, the less creative and inspired I felt. Blogs are supposed to be a source of inspiration and creativity for its readers, so how am I supposed to inspire others to cook when I’m feeling less than inspired myself? I think that’s one of the most daunting things about writing a blog – for me at least. The pressure to always come up with new content, new recipes, new tips in an extremely crowded space. Not to mention finding the time to actually think of these ideas and write about them on top of everything else you have going on. So many of the food and lifestyle blogs that I follow make it look so easy. They post every day of the week, they have amazing photography, new recipes every day. How do they do it? Whatever they’re drinking, give me some. But getting trapped in the comparison game is a tempting and dangerous one, and yet I still always do it to myself. So today I’m taking a break from writing something exciting and sitting on this uninspiration I woke up with today in hopes that it will do the reverse. Let’s get over this hump!

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Finally.

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Yes, finally. Almost a year later, I am finally back here. This past year was…interesting. Stressful. Challenging. Exhausting. Those are really the words the Negative Nancy in me would use to describe the past year. When things got tough, it was a lot easier to dwell on the negative than take control and find the positive in the everyday. Motivating myself to do things that I knew I loved, like writing this blog or running, felt insurmountable. This was so not me. Everything had always been surmountable for me up until this last year. I am a doer. A goal-setter and goal-getter. When my favorite things like going out to a new restaurant with Kevin or drinking too much wine with friends started to feel like another source of anxiety rather than happiness, I knew Nancy had to go.

And so she went. Well, not that easily of course. Many conversations, crying battles, hiccups, and interviews were had, and so when Kevin got a job offer as a City Planner with Mercer County in New Jersey we decided to go for it (after many conversations, cries, hiccups, and more interviews, of course). New Jersey is about the last place I ever thought I’d live. We talked about Providence, Boston, Philly, Chicago, but the Dirty Jerz? Nuh-huh! But I’m learning that things rarely work out the way you plan them to.

Soon after we decided to move, I was very lucky to have met the owners of the charming cheese shop Olsson’s Fine Foods in Princeton who happened to be looking for someone to launch their catering business. I’d get to work in a cheese shop in beautiful Princeton and get a taste of building my own business? Sign me up! Goal-setter & goal-getter Cara was on the mend!

We’ve been in New Jersey for almost 2 months now and I really have no complaints (which if you know me, is quite the feat). I’m running again, I look forward to making plans with friends, and I’m cooking lots, which is good for you all because this time, Cooking Cara is here to stay.

Given the changes I’ve made in the past year, it seemed fitting that my blog should get a bit of a facelift too. I’ve dropped the “with”, added my own logo (thanks, Kevin!), and will be focusing more on living a healthy, balanced, and of course, delicious life through simple recipes and affordable meal plans to help you cook more at home, too.

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading and I hope you’ll stick around, because I know I will be.