To those of you who have been reading my blog for years, and to those of you who haven’t, WELCOME! I am excited to show you around the newly designed and re-focused version of The Edible Life 2.0. I’ve been working hard and praying hard through this entire process. The concept part was rather simple, and we’ll be getting to that shortly. The technological part, however, nearly put me in an early grave.
Ask my husband and he will attest to the numerous headbanging, growling and child-like temper tantrums that resulted as I fumbled my way through designing a logo (courtesy of this fantastic photographer), arranging the layout, and redirecting my domain and all previous content to its shiny new home.
Now that you’re here and perhaps skimming the About page, please note the quote by e.e. cummings. Here it is again, for good measure:
“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its very best day and night to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.”
Our focus will be on encouraging each other and growing together as we lean into what it means to “be nobody but yourself.” Scrape away all the crap society says you need to be (like, earning X amount of money by this age, or weighing X amount of pounds when you step on the scale), scrape away all the cultural expectations, the unhealthy words and concepts we use to define ourselves and create our identities, and what do you have left?
A little frightening, right? Uncomfortable, maybe? I certainly thought so.
In fact, last November, I had come to a point where I realized I had been rooting my identity in all of the wrong things. My job title, my salary, the amount of work I was able to produce on a daily basis, the stereotypical “adulthood” I had finally achieved. Although these pursuits were leading to little more than disillusionment and utter exhaustion, I didn’t know how to stop. Who would I be if I did?
Hint: happier, freer, and closer to the woman God created me to be. Just for starters.
And yet, the bridge between disillusionment and freedom can be such a long one. Even stepping one foot onto it requires so much sacrifice and risk it can be paralyzing. It took me a while to be brave enough to do it.
I have a hunch I’m not alone in this, so my vision for this blog is to create a community where you feel comfortable pulling up a chair and joining the discussion if it resonates. And because this is The Edible Life, I like to envision there being food at this metaphorical table. Like we’re all eating a meal together as we chat and share stories and a glass of wine.
Let’s be honest, let’s have fun, and most importantly, let’s welcome everyone who wants to show up. I will likely be quoting scripture at times and talking about Jesus, but don’t feel like you have to be “religious” to play along. Everyone is welcome, regardless of background, lifestyle, or beliefs. Let’s be respectful of each other and take that super scary first step toward being nobody but ourselves together.
What might that first step look like for you?
Leave a comment below, or maybe even write a guest post!
P.S. If you’re wondering what happened to all my old posts of recipes and such, never fear. They are tucked safely away in the archives.
Until next time,
~ Christy ~