Sometimes I feel overwhelmed. It’s my own fault because I want to do everything and anything; there are just too many ideas, goals, and dreams and too little time! You know that quote that goes, “You can sleep when you are dead”? That was the name of the game for awhile but that can’t be the way to go, just because of the simple fact that you can only go without sleep for so many hours! (And I love to sleep!)
With this blog, I feel overwhelmed because there are already a MILLION amazing blogs out there with gorgeous photos and delicious innovative recipes with thousands of readers. I am very much a newbie. I am also doing this to raise money– what if I don’t come through? In addition to that, I had also set a goal of completing 365 recipes within a year and that year is already half way over and I am behind! (Even if nobody reads my blog or cares that I completed this, I will still know and it would bother me for the rest of my life– seriously lol, as crazy as that sounds!) What recipe am I going to make tomorrow? Do I have time to make more than one so I can make up for the lack of recipes? Do I have time to do this before the sun goes away and I have crappy lighting? When can I buy one of those super fancy cameras because that’s exactly what I need in my life!?
Sometimes a girl just needs to calm down about 20 notches.
And get inspired!
I have recently been lucky enough to come across two things that have really inspired me and reminded me why I wanted to do this in the first place. I hope they bring some inspiration your way as well.
*** I recently joined a local Women’s Entrepreneur Group (thanks to Amy!) and am so excited to meet these ladies! The creator of the group, Satsuki, shared this great blog post titled 10 Real-Talk Blog Tips by Joy the Baker.
I love the honesty of this post, the humor, and the truly great advice. One of my faves is the reminder of– hey do it because you LOVE it! But my favorite, favorite point is #2 in regards to photography. I have totally thought to myself, “Dang I need one of those super fancy nice cameras so I can keep up with everyone’s awesome pics!” so numero 2 definitely resonated with me. I’m not giving it away so go read it!
*** My friend Eric is the founder and director of a wonderful non-profit called the Las Photos Project. They had a screening for a documentary called Waste Land. ONE look at the trailer and I knew I had to watch the entire thing. I love it so much I seriously have watched the trailer a million times because my copy from Amazon.com has not arrived yet! While what the artist is doing is great, it’s actually the people he is trying to “help” who are most inspiring and beautiful. Check out the site and trailer, I leave you with one image from the film– all made out of so called “trash”.
Fave quote from the movie? “99 is not 100.” (A nice thing to tell the next person that tells me that one person can’t make a difference!)
So what have these two things reminded me?
That at the end of the day, I love this and wanted to do this in the first place because 1) I love eating vegan food and want to share how yummy it is and 2) because I love and admire what my friends at Food4Africa and Miracle Meals Trust do everyday and want to find a way to share their mission and passion.
Starting this project has brought so many positive things into my life– new foods, new friends, new ideas, and new experiences. Touching back on my worry about not raising funds– I am so grateful for the people that have found a way to support this project one way or another and/or donate. Every little bit counts and goes a long way whether it be $10 or $1000! I am thankful for all of it and in the midst of the whirlwind of doubts, questions, and worries that sometimes appear, I just need to take a step back and remember these things and where the love is.
And get some sleep! Have a lovely evening!