It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, and that wasn’t my intention, I promise. I’ve always loved writing about the lighter side of life — books, travel, recipes I’ve been drooling over, etc., and this has always been a perfect outlet.
Part of the reason for the unintentional hiatus falls under “writer-y reasons.” I’ve been knee deep in major, second-round revisions (exciting, tedious, but oh-so-necessary), so that’s been keeping me very busy along with my freelance assignments.
Aside from that, however, my heart has felt heavy these past few months, and I know I’m not alone. Let’s just say it hasn’t exactly felt like the right moment to wax rhapsodic about summer getaways and the new corn chowder recipe I loved. When children are separated from their parents, when thousands of brave women and men have recounted their harrowing stories of sexual abuse, when school shootings and other senseless violence keeps happening again and again and again, when the public discourse is nastier and more divisive with every passing minute, it just felt tone-deaf to post about how excited I am that pumpkin spice lattes are back at Starbucks.
Taking a step back (without even calling it that) has been a good thing. It’s been a time to reflect and properly cycle through the full spectrum of wildly fluctuating human emotions. And while the world isn’t necessarily any less heartbreaking at press time (I’m an eternal optimist, so I’m hoping by the time I click “publish” that will no longer be the case, LOL), it feels right again to share what I love with all of you. There’s beauty in books and words and tasting great food. There’s revitalizing power in seeing and experiencing a place you’ve never been before. There’s a life-giving respite in humor and movies and celebrating ordinary wonders like pumpkins and good coffee, great films and Lambeau leaps if that’s your thing.
There’s a time and a season for everything, and considering it’s October 1, I couldn’t help thinking of one of my favorite quotes from author L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables): “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” I’m definitely one of those people, too, and I look forward to reconnecting with everyone reading. I’m grateful for each and every one of you and would love to hear what you’ve been up to.