Last month, Savor Life’s Flavors celebrated it’s 4 year anniversary. How is THAT possible?! I started my blog as a way to share my cooking habits and recipes as well as a place for me to vent and share about my life. I never thought I would still be sharing these things 4 years later.
In the past 4 years I have grown quite a bit. As easy as it is to focus on and point out the negative, so many positive things have happened that have shaped me and my family.
- I got married. When I first started blogging, I was going through the process of planning a wedding. That is soo hard for me to believe because I feel like Nolan and I have been married for decades. I wish that I could accurately show his greatness on my blog and articulate just how much love and fun we have together.
- I landed my dream job. I love going back and re-reading my posts from 2012. When I started blogging I was a 1:1 teaching assistant and a bit miserable. Teaching today is impossibly frustrating in your 20s. Hundreds of people apply to each job opening, and most of what’s available to young teachers are in terrible school districts with little to no $ or support. I have been beyond lucky to end up where I am -a 5th grade teacher in an amazing school in an impeccable school district. I look back at those posts from 4 years ago, hell even 2 years ago and I remember how stressful it was to be 26 and still making less than $20,000 a year, with a masters degree. But 3 weeks into my first year teaching, my dad died and I have really let that overshadow the fact that I am one of the luckiest young teachers in Massachusetts. That loss stole a lot of the enjoyment I had earned and waited for since I was 10 years old and dreaming of having my own classroom. I have been trying to be more reflective and grateful that the professional piece of my puzzle is complete!
- I have gotten healthy. If you have been a SLF reader since the beginning, you know that 2012-2013 were difficult times for me health wise. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and it took a long time to get my med/symptom ratio right. Every 6 weeks I was getting blood work done and experiencing a roller coaster of mood swings and emotions. My blog became a helpful place for me to vent and open up about my anxiety and frustration. Since then I have found a treatment that works for me and my thyroid is not standing in my way!
- Friendships- Through blogging I have met and made so many new friends that have helped me (whether they know it or not!) in many ways over the past few years. In my “real life” some friendships have grown, and others have ended for one reason or another. Your priorities really change between the ages of 24 and 28, and with those changes in what’s important come the changes in who you surround yourself with. I am really lucky to have such great, strong friendships with people who care about me and have contributed to my happiness.
My favorite part of having a blog is going back and reliving some of my favorite experiences. It’s also a great way to perspective take and remember the not so great times and how far my life has come. I am excited to keep blogging through the next phase- becoming a home owner and eventually a parent. :-)Here’s to the next 4 years!