Wow I can’t believe I’ve had this blog for a year! So much has happened over the year and I’ve learned a lot about this blogging adventure. When I started Pints and Pickles I was working at my first “real” job after graduating working for a newspaper and living in a tiny apartment in downtown Madison with my boyfriend Steven and our bunny Ollie.
Now I’m working for a non-profit that’s helping struggling families in Madison, Steven started a third shift job so we can attend school during the day and we’re now living in a quieter area of Madison with Ollie and our newest member of our family- Oscar. I’ve become more active in helping the community as well has helping rescued bunnies find new homes. Yup, our lives have been pretty hectic compared to a year ago but we still make time on weekends to cook together and go on adventures.
When I look back at this year and my blog, there are things I’m proud of and things I’m not. For instance, not long after leaving the newspaper I became very uninspired. I went from using my camera everyday at work to leaving it in my bag weeks on end. I would come home from my new job very tired and unenthused to be creative. Unfortunately, this lack of creativity lasted for a few months (the lack of posts on my blog can prove it). The reason why I started this blog was because I have a hard time sitting still and this was the creative outlet I needed. During that time I always felt tired and blah (not the best description but I think you know what I mean) but then something happened, I realized I missed doing “My Thing”. I missed making something out of nothing, photographing colors and finding the right angle for the perfect shot. So I became an early riser again on weekends to pick fresh produce at the farmer’s market. I spent the afternoons in the kitchen dancing to music and making meals. I started placing beautiful flowers around our home again and leaving my camera out on the counter so I could quickly grab it when I saw the sunlight shining on the pedals of a daisy. Basically I found that part of me that was missing and I haven’t looked back since.
I’ve learned a lot about blogging and myself over the year and I only hope by next year I can say I learned even more about myself.