So I’m back after almost a year away from my little corner of the internet. Honestly, I can’t believe that so much time has passed and that I’ve left you hanging for so long. I’ve been wanting to start blogging again for a little while now, but to be honest, have really struggled with this initial post. I wasn’t sure how to explain what the past year has been like and what it means going forward. I also haven’t wanted to dwell on the past and instead move on to the future of my blog and some exciting changes and plans that I have. Yet it wouldn’t feel right to skip over what has been a really difficult year and pretend that everything is the same. Truth is, I’m not the same. I’ve grown so much in the past year and have learned so much about myself that I really feel like I’ve come out of it stronger and more sure of the woman I am and the woman I want to be more than ever before.
But let’s back up. When I signed off on the blog last May, I had no idea it was going to be for so long. I have documented my health struggles fairly openly on the blog and if you’ve been a long time reader you were hearing a lot of “Well I was really sick this week” or you were hearing radio silence. It got to a point where it was just too difficult to blog and I kind of dropped off the face of the Earth for a long time. I don’t feel comfortable sharing all the details publicly, nor do I want this blog to become about those issues, but I will say that I was diagnosed with a serious autoimmune illness and was very, very sick. It is not something I am over and is something I am still struggling with daily. In some ways, it may seem surprising that I’m back at all, and for a long time I didn’t think that I would be. But I found that I really missed writing. I missed connecting with readers and bloggers and the amazing blog community. I missed the joy that blogging gave me. So although I’m still struggling with this illness, I have decided to come back.
So what does this mean going forward? Well, a lot of things! For one, it means a re-branding of sorts, which you will see on the page. I’ll do another post about the type of diet I follow, but one thing is that I no longer eat oats… so granola doesn’t really seem fitting to be part of my blog name anymore. Also, although my blog started as a healthy living blog, it kind of turned into a lifestyle blog, full of weekend recaps and events around SF. My life is a little different now, and over the past year I’ve found a new passion… cooking! So expect to see lots of recipe posts, posts on living gluten-free in a gluten-filled world and so much more. I have so many ideas that I’m so excited to start posting about. Of course, I still love fashion and beauty so you can expect to see those types of posts as well. My posting schedule may be a bit erratic but I’ve learned that pushing my body is a no-go, so I’ll be posting when I feel up to it and removing any pressure to post when I’m not. This is a new era for this blog and I so hope that you’ll join me. And since this was a fairly wordy catch-up post, maybe my next will be some of my year in pictures!