Remember When…

This post was made in a blogging group I belong to on Facebook the other day…

Do you guys remember when we all just blogged? I miss those days. We were so innocent…

I DO remember those days and I miss them dearly. Sure, it was fun riding the wave of blogging madness over the past 10 or so years. It started for me as a fun way to stay accountable while trying to lose weight and turned into a multi-blog, conference-planning monster. Looking back I regret nothing. I was able to generate an income, make enough money to take my mom to Italy, spend more time with my kids at home and work with some amazing companies.

That wave, however, crashed. Frankly, I was ready for it to crash. It was time to move on. Not from blogging per se — that’s in my blood! — but from the business of blogging.

Last year I decided to walk away from the blogs I spent years building. My blogging frequency started to decrease.  I finally landed a real job after months of searching. And over the course of a year, I started to turn inward instead of outward. Blogging was becoming hard.

Hard to blog.

What does that even mean?

Why can’t I “just blog” as the quote says above? Where did blogging innocence go?

When I started I would share tons of ideas, tips, and recipes not because some brand paid me to but because I wanted to. Because I liked to.

Then it all got complicated.

Every recipe required detailed instructions and nutrition calculations. Product recommendations meant searching for affiliate programs. Brands were asking for more and more sponsored posts. My photos were stolen. My content scraped. My sites hacked.

I’m so over complicated.

Tonight I came home from work and decided to do what I like to do, cook. That’s right, I actually enjoy cooking. Cutting and prepping is therapeutic. Looking in my fridge/freezer and coming up with something to make for dinner using whatever I can find is a complete creative outlet for me. Snapping a photo and sharing it here is part of the process. It’s like icing on the proverbial cake.

And let’s be honest here. I’m not particularly that great at cooking or taking photos or writing for that matter — this is not me fishing for compliments, it’s the truth! — but it doesn’t really matter, I enjoy doing all those things and doing so satisfies some odd need deep in my soul to not only create but connect.

That’s why I started.

That’s why I’ll continue.

This post is what was swimming in my head while cooking tonight. When I got home I pulled out what I could find in my fridge post-vacation.

In the back that’s 1/4 of a bag of frozen shrimp I ran under water to defrost and de-tail. Next to it is one large frozen chicken breast from one of those bags of breasts. I defrosted it in the microwave just enough to cut.

In the front, there’s a bag of frozen coconut milk. (That’s what I do when I open a can for a recipe but don’t need it all. I freeze it in 1/2 cup servings. Note there are chunks missing from it. That’s because I take chunks and put it in my smoothies now and then.) In the middle is the only fresh ingredient I had in the house, some red pepper. Next to it a handful of frozen pineapple I chopped up — that was all I had in the bag — and some minced frozen ginger leftover from some Hello Fresh meal The Husband cooked weeks ago.

Not pictured is some coconut oil, broth, 6 cloves of minced garlic, 2 old limes I found in the bottom of my fridge, a dash of cayenne pepper, dried parsley, some brown rice and oat flour to thicken everything.

All in all, it took about an hour to bring all the ingredients together to make this pot of awesomeness!

I served it over brown rice and the family actually enjoyed it!

Could I give more details about how I cooked this meal? Could I have measured every  ingredient and calculated the nutritional value for you? Sure, but frankly, I don’t have the time nor brain power, but I can’t let that stop me from blogging because I really do miss it so.

I’m reclaiming my blogging innocence, breaking my own self-made blogging rules, and doing what I can (when I can).

Miss you guys!

13 comments On Remember When…

  • I think you’re an amazing cook. I wish I was like you and could just whip something up from ingredients. My aunt had that talent. That said, I use your Green Lite Bites recipes all the time! My family loves them. Without you, I wouldn’t know how to cook at all. You rock!

  • You’re my all time favorite blogger. Today and yesterday! I’ll read you as long as you post. No matter how modern or old-fashioned!

  • And we missed you! Welcome back. 🙂

  • I have been reading your blogs for such a long time! Maybe 5 years…and I don’t think I have ever commented! But, I have always looked forward to reading your new posts! I just love how real and honest you are about what’s going on in your life plus life’s ups and downs. I feel like you are an old friend and every time you write a new post we pick right back up where we left off! Thanks for sharing your life with us!

  • I love your blogs and your recipes I don’t need exact measurements I actually cook that way too. I have been following you since you gave birth to your first son I really enjoy reading everything you write. So blog away Roni we are all here enjoying reading about your many adventures ❤️

  • “I’m not that great at cooking…”
    After following you for years, I beg to differ!

  • I have been reading since 2008, I have always enjoyed all your sites. I appreciate how you keep real and share your struggles and victories. Thank you for being you and continuing on in the blogging world!

  • I say – Just go for it…do what makes you happy & complete. I too enjoy the process of prepping a meal, it’s very calming & following the steps needed to create a good meal makes me feel productive & good about myself…it’s one of my happy places. If I’ve learned anything in life it is that life changes & changes us & we gotta roll with it & adjust…..this is you adjusting – good for you!

  • This is cool! And I couldn’t agree with you more. Blogging is no longer…blogging, anymore. And even keeping up a Instagram or Twitter presence is not what it was. While I work in the industry for my full-time job, I just don’t do anything personally. It’s time consuming! Lastly…that looks soooooo good! And you were one of the FIRST bloggers I ever reached out to about starting my own blog. I’ve followed you since the good ol’ days. 🙂 Anyways…keep doing you. 🙂

  • Mmmmm…….looks great Roni! Glad you are still blogging, your followers really enjoy & appreciate you!

  • I’ve been reading your blog for a long time. I just wanted to say, good for you! I hope you continue to make posts that feel good for you and not worry about doing it all for every post. Awesome! P.S. dinner looked delicious!

  • Welcome back to your easy blogging and sharing. Glad your vacay was fantastic and that you found your groove in your post vacation kitchen. I wish I could adopt that attitude rather than get annoyed that we don’t have what we need for my over complicated dinner I had planned.

  • So glad you’re “back” to just blogging Roni. You where (and still are) my most positive inspirational blogger since discovering you’re site in 2010. Mariëtte (Netherlands)

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