So here it goes..... I have had this itch to start writing a blog for a year or two now, but unfortunately I guess I had a massive case of writer's cramp. I loved the idea of combining an old love of mine, writing, with a new-found knack for technology. And there you have it. The blog.
However, I felt that I had nothing interesting to say. There was nothing earth-shattering that a million people didn't already blog about, so I guess I didn't see the point. My husband and I do not have kids yet so no cute kid photos. I go to work, I workout (more so recently), I snuggle on my dogs, I have a little "me time" in the evenings, and then I go to bed. Exciting huh? I know some people are drooling as I write this and cursing me for the obvious lack of insanity currently in my life. Don't get me wrong. I recognize that, and I also know that someday that will be different. But for now, I will relish in the fact that I can have time to sit down to type an uninterrupted blog post and give thanks for it. I give a much-deserved shout out to all my mommy-friends who work their butts off night and day, and I hope that these ideas will provide some respite in the weeks (and hopefully months or years!) to come.
As many of you know, my husband and I recently moved from Colorado to Iowa. This has been an easy transition in some ways and a challenging one in other ways. We moved from an area we loved with lots of entertainment, secure jobs, wonderful friends, and lots of free time. However we really missed having family within 822 miles. It was a great choice. However, we simply struggle with missing the breath-taking mountain scenery and sometimes I basically think that we have traded friends for family. There is somewhat of a disconnect at times, as we just do not have many people our age to hang out with. Our new jobs are great, but they seem to be much more time-consuming due to "starting over" at a new place of employment. I find that when I get home from work, clean the house, pay the bills, workout, take the dogs out, grade papers, or simply get done with the daily grind, I have no energy to cook. Or it is 9:00 pm.
I have also managed to let myself go quite a bit in the last two years and gained unwanted weight out of indulgence and convenience. I know no balance. I am either on or off. Fat or skinny. I need to establish some sort of healthy balance. I realized that I needed to find a system that worked for me so that I would have healthy (or at least wholesome) food on hand- ready to go when I most needed it- so I would continue to make wise choices. I also plan to save myself time. And hopefully money. Follow me on this journey of establishing a healthier lifestyle and better time efficiency. I hope to share with you some of my ideas and recipes for both fresh and frozen make-ahead meals that you can take back to your own family. Stay posted!