The last few months I’ve been holistically stuck in a rut where there were dark days I felt paralyzed by disappointment, a sense of being unfilled, and an overwhelming sense of uncertainty. The aftermath of the election weighed heavily on me. The ugliness of hate and evil seemed to prevail in the midst of suffering. All of this to say I’ve had a long time to ponder and contemplate many facets of my life. My husband has been very patient and gracious to allow me time to figure some things out including the vision for Savory Sweet Life. For at least two years the joy of sharing recipes on this site has been slowly dying. When I started this site I did it out of wanting to share what I was cooking up in our family kitchen. It was a fun creative outlet which was exciting and expressive. There was synergy within the online food community to share great food stories, recipes, and photos. As the nature of blogging evolved over the last 10 years gone were the voices of genuine passion and instead a Stepford-type monetization formula became commonplace. For years I tried to go with the flow as much as I could without feeling like I was selling my soul. Similar to technology, if your company doesn’t progress and adapt to new ways of doing things your company will die. Let me make this clear, I think it’s absolutely awesome people are supporting their families and making a living from blogging. Just because I don’t feel the same passion I once did I’m not implying other people are not passionate or blogging for the wrong reasons. I’m choosing a different path for myself. For about four months now I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching, praying, meditating, working towards personal growth in the areas of joy, getting rid of stress and anxiety, and living a more authentic true-to-self life. I’ve been mentoring young 20-something people, volunteering (cooking) at homeless shelters, and seeking God for direction and guidance towards living a more purpose and joyful driven life. What exactly does this mean? Savory Sweet Life will still be here. One thing I’ve always strived to do here is to be honest with you. It’s never been about wanting to be the most popular, liked, or success. All I’ve ever wanted to do is share out of an overflow of my heart. Going forward I’ll be writing more about this journey I’m on. At 42 years old I feel as though I’m at a mid-life crossroad. The path I’m choosing is still not clear to me. What I do know is this. It’s definitely not the destination but the journey that’s important. I’m re-discovering what I’m passionate about and determined to live a more joyful driven life encouraging others who are in need of joy, hope, peace, and love. This is what I believed I’m called to do. In closing, I have no idea what it will look like but as I told one of my best friends yesterday, it’s like throwing a whole bunch of mixed seeds into the ground not knowing what will sprout from it. But as long as I nurture it every day, eventually the little seeds will reveal themselves. I have complete faith the stones paving my life path will be made known one at a time. Going forward I’ll be sharing this journey with you with the hope many of you will be encouraged by it too. I might not be sharing many more recipes to feed your families but I will share thoughts and stories to feed your mind and soul. Here’s to new unknown beginnings.