Blogging Life

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Three years ago, Savoring Today began with the dream of writing a cookbook. I had no idea what a blog even was, but a friend assured me I needed one. She was right. And there were at least two big reasons why I am glad I listened to her.

When friends call for a recipe I no longer have to look it up in MasterCook and email it to them, now they can find it here. Another gratifying part of that is having a resource for our kids now living on their own.

I discovered a tremendously generous, compassionate, friendly community of fellow bloggers—my on-line friends.

Along the way, I have learned it takes a whole lot more than a list of great recipes to create a cookbook, so I’m still working on it. After three years of blogging, which includes learning photography, site development and maintenance, social media wrangling, and recipe editing, it is time to take an account of things. This happens to coincide with our youngest going to college.

Have you ever entered a new season of life and began questioning everything?

Purpose.

Direction.

Fulfillment.

These are big questions for a woman when no matter the positions held, skills garnered, or goals accomplished, the primary role and focus was being a mom. A journey that began 29 years ago—the larger part of the 46 I’ve been alive and all of my adult life. Of course, you never stop being a mom, but if you think about it in terms of a job description, the scope and tasks change dramatically when your kids are grown the last one spreads their wings.

Now what?

For some, that question is an easy one to answer, for others it can be like looking into the abyss. When you’ve had a central focus doing something this long, it’s what you know. You might even feel like it’s all you know.

It’s as though a door was just swung open with endless possibilities just beyond the threshold. Exciting, right? It is butterflies in your gut kind of exciting, which is also mixed with something that makes a lump catch in your throat when you pass by their once cluttered room. Vacant and eerily quiet.

Bittersweet is an apt word. It is all of both.

There are endings and beginnings in this for all of us. This not so subtle transition to an empty nest comes on the day of our 25th wedding anniversary, which has most certainly been overshadowed. But that too is another beginning. Our eldest daughter is from a prior marriage, so we began our lives together with children. We added two more over the years and blended them together as best we could, and after 25 years it’s just the two of us for the first time.

There is so much to celebrate! That is part of the sweet.

I’m grateful it isn’t an abyss I’m facing, I have a pretty good idea what I want to do—cook, write, eat, repeat. Not necessarily in that order. Whether anything in the realm of the dreaming I’ve done ever becomes a reality, well, that is what lies beyond the wide open door. It’s time to get serious about writing a cookbook and for Savoring Today to produce more income to make it worth the time invested, though it has already provided great joy.

Ultimately, I just wanted to say, thank you. To those that read my ramblings and try these recipes, you have always made this worthwhile, thanks for hanging in there with me. You are the very best.

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25 Responses to Blogging Life

  1. Donna Lorrig August 22, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    Happy Anniversary! Wishing you all the best as you (and your children) pursue your dreams!

    • Judy Purcell August 25, 2013 at 11:34 am #

      Thanks, Donna, it was a happy day overall. So many good things to celebrate, including a little dreaming. :)

  2. pati August 22, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    I love your writing. Having shared life with you I feel so much of your words. Whatever path you choose you will do it beautifully. Happy Anniversary!

    • Judy Purcell August 25, 2013 at 11:37 am #

      Aw, thanks friend, that is very encouraging. It’s our close friends that know the whole story behind the written word. Thanks for faithfully walking along side us for so long. :)

  3. Jan August 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    I love & look forward to our postings. Keep dreaming, cooking & inspiring. Seeing your children grow into contributing, caring, loving adults is truly a priceless jewel in your crown. I know that for a fact. If I never accomplish anything noteworthy to the masses, my children are my contribution, my pride, my reward.

    • Judy Purcell August 25, 2013 at 11:40 am #

      Thank you, Jan, that is so well said! They are each one such a precious jewel, a great reward, just as you describe. Thanks for reading and taking time to comment, I don’t take it lightly.

  4. ChgoJohn August 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    Happy Anniversary, Judy, to you and your Husband! I look forward to reading of your progress on the book. How exciting!
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    • Judy Purcell August 25, 2013 at 11:47 am #

      Thank you, John, it was a happy time for sure. I am very excited about finally putting a cookbook together — thanks for the encouragement!
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  5. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 22, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    Empty nesting can be a lot of fun. Embrace it and happy anniversary!
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    • Judy Purcell August 25, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

      We are already discovering the fun part ~ started with a great weekend away. :)

  6. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book August 23, 2013 at 7:17 am #

    Wishing you and your hubby a very happy 25th anniversary Judy. Such exciting and fun times ahead for you as you settle into your new normal and we are all happy to be along for the ride,
    :-) Mandy xo
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    • Judy Purcell August 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

      Thanks, Mandy, it was a great weekend of celebrating. Ah yes, new normal, that began last night when we went to bed and there was no one to leave the light on for … no one was coming home from work, or a movie, or hanging out with friends. Glad to know someone is coming along for ride. :D

  7. john@kitchenriffs August 23, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    Happy anniversary. And happy voyage – now you really get to decide what you want to be when you grow up! Look forward to hearing about the progress on your cookbook!
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    • Judy Purcell August 25, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

      Thanks, John, it was a happy day overall and yes, now I get to see what this growing-up part is all about. Ha! ;) The cookbook should prove tons of fun, thanks for the encouragement.

  8. Denise @ Creative Kitchen August 24, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    As a mom of 3 girls (currently 5, 10 and 14), this post made me teary as I think of the last one leaving the nest. She starts Kindergarten (at home with me) on Monday. Happy Anniversary!
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    • Judy Purcell August 25, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

      Hi Denise! Our girls were spaced just about like yours, it was nice to have only one in diapers at a time, but our youngest was a little lonely when our 2nd set out on her own. We started homeschooling when the oldest started high school — far from kindergarten, but just as intimidating. I think I finally learned to relax by the time our youngest was in middle school. Ha! Blessings to you as you teach them so many aspects of life. :)

  9. Raymund August 25, 2013 at 2:36 am #

    Happy Anniversary to you! I still remember when we were starting (I guess you know I had started nearly the same time).
    Good luck with the cookbook
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    • Judy Purcell August 25, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

      Thanks Raymund! Yes, I remember us starting around the same time, yours was one of the first blogs I followed ~ glad to still be on the journey!

  10. Emma August 27, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    A great article. Your blog is very inspiring. I also did one of those getting to know you questionnaires that I saw on Chef Mimi’s website. If you visit my food blog at http://www.surreyKitchen.wordpress.com then you can read it. Emma.

    • Judy Purcell August 27, 2013 at 7:31 am #

      Hi Emma! Thank you for your kind words and for letting me know you joined in the fun with a ‘getting to know you’ post. I’ll be over with a cup of coffee to check out your answers shortly. :)

  11. Karen (Back Road Journal) August 28, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    I hope you had a wonderful anniversary. We all go through life changes but each brings new and wonderful adventures. I wish you all the best…it sounds like you have much to look forward to. Enjoy each day as it comes. :)
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  12. mjskit August 28, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    Happy Anniversary! Hope you adjust easily to your empty nest and learn to enjoy it. Good luck with the cookbook! And you think blogging is a lot of work. :)
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  13. Nancy/SpicieFoodie August 29, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    Judy,

    Congratulations to you on all of the milestones you have marked. I’m glad you have found happiness in your blog. Best wishes and continued success. I can’t wait for your cookbook to come out, I know it’s going to rock!! hugs
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  14. Susan Saldanha August 29, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    I just read your post and I am going to go through a major change in my life too. So cheers to new beginnings, to learning new ways, to live, to love and to laugh a lot. Happy Anniversary and all the best.

  15. celia September 3, 2013 at 5:06 am #

    Happy Anniversary and Blogaversary, Judy! So many things happening at the one time – I guess that’s a bit what life is like in our late 40s (we’re right there with you). We’re (hopefully) a couple of years shy of our eldest moving out, but it’s not something I’m looking forward to. Necessary though, but not easy. xxx

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