Hi bloggy poo. Haven’t seen you in a while, but I honestly feel we needed a break from each other. Our relationship was strained, I expected too much out of you, your needs weren’t being met, the direction we were taking just didn’t fit our mold. I’ve thought it over a lot. and I think that we have a new goal. First of all, we have to focus on what we do best, and that is technique. There are a lot of tutorials all over the internet, so let’s find those and test them out. We’ll gain great cooking skills to use in future blog posts. I mean cooking technique, strictly speaking. Our writing is important, as always, but the photography is not worth the extra focus. There is beautiful photography flooding the internet. Ours is fine, let’s focus our time into learning how to cook just like we want to.
Now I have some more thoughts to flesh out, so bear with me!
So this is 2015, the next chapter past what may have been my prime of life. In 2014, I discovered a lot about myself and my future, as well as met a plethora of people sharing a similar interest in food. I began the year continuing my love for cheese at Pastoral, and writing more seriously with Chicagoist. I eventually found myself stuck at Pastoral, and decided to leave for a different opportunity. I learned that no matter where I go, as long as I better myself and approach a new challenge with courage and positive energy, I am in the right place. So, from cheese monger, to turophile food runner at a michelin-starred hipster heaven,I stormed ahead. While I encountered some speed bumps, I ultimately experienced a rampant growth. I feel more comfortable in my skin then I’ve ever been before. This is not only from treating myself and my body with the utmost respect, but also from opening myself to other people. It’s something you must constantly keep in mind: the state of others, their unique experience, in relation to and sometimes even in opposition to your own existence. All of the experiences, especially the ones during which negative attitudes make your experience treacherous, are beneficial in the long run.
I made a lot of friends this year. In fact, before this year I didn’t have any friends. Last samhain, my goal was to make some and I really achieved that. Now it’s about maintenance, caring and loving. People are really important, we make life worth living. Although, I still hate a lot of people on a daily basis, it’s important to balance that energy with the drive to help people. A helpful action can change a persons life sometimes and even change them from a shitty person to someone who might pay your action forward. That sounds very narcissistic, but it’s nice to keep in mind. If we all did something nice for someone everyday, maybe the world could be a better place.
Overall, I really want to express my interests more. I believe that’s what will bring me happiness and to the next stage of my life. Writing articles that really mean something to me, instead of obligatory pieces on free events, as well as recording my meals on tumblr, and chronicling my cooking endeavors and lessons here. It’s OK to get side tracked, as long as it exercises your mind and interests. I’ll never feel angry at myself by procrastinating with cheese knowledge, but it’s important to respect your life by not wasting it. I think I’ll benefit from a stronger, more structured regime this year. I have a lot to accomplish and it’s going to be a fun ride, but I’ll have to find a good rhythm.
I’m excited for the new year: January is always one of my favorite months, a grim, gray month here in the city. It’s a wonderful month for meditation.