What’s in a name? Well, it turns out a lot of inspiration (or lack there of) is tied up in a name and blog identity.
After nearly 4 years of blogging with The Feel Good Foodie, I hit a wall. I just couldn’t find an ounce of inspiration to write from. I grew resentful of the name and identity I had created for myself. I no longer thought of myself as The Feel Good Foodie; making it nearly impossible to write from the perspective of my former self.
Truth is, a lot has changed in my life since rolling out The Feel Good Foodie in August of 2011. I still spend most of my days cooking, or thinking about food, but it’s such a small part of my everyday life. It didn’t feel right having a blog dedicated to all things foodie when I no longer cared as much about foodie stuff.
But just to be clear, I still care about food. I really love food.
I felt like I painted myself into a corner and was stuck. I threw around the idea of stopping all blogging for a few years, archiving the foodie site, and not thinking about writing until I could figure out what in the world I wanted to write about.
That seemed a bit extreme, so I tried to think of ways to reinvent myself.
I wanted to have a blog that reflected my day to day passions, and show people what our life at home with kids looked like. At this stage in my life, raising our girls is my top priority. Sure, I still do all kinds of other awesome stuff; but creating a home environment where they can flourish is my current calling.
Out of the ashes of The Feel Good Foodie blog, Growing Roots and Wings was born.
A few years back, I heard a quote about parenting that struck a chord deep within me:
There are two gifts we should give to our children.
One is roots, the other is wings.
It perfectly sums up how I want to raise the girls.
I want them to be independent, free-thinkers who are not afraid to go out into the world and shake things up a bit.
But I also want to provide for them an environment where they always feel loved, supported, encouraged, and “home”.
Even if the location of our family changes, our home will always be there for them to come back to.
So there is the long and short of it. Stay tuned for exciting posts, lots of pictures, and creative ideas for everyday life.