I Am Here Now

I think I was 23 when I started this blog, on the verge of 24. I am now 28, on the verge of 29.

My last few posts were all about the changes I have been going through in the past year, the absolute severity of life’s inevitable roller coaster, and how I handled (and in some cases mishandled) it.

The past few nights have had me in deep introspection. Really thinking back, back and back, and not asking myself why, but finally opening my eyes as to why.

The circumstances of my personal life’s journey have led me to a place that a a mere year ago I did not think existed in the best way possible. Sure, there are always going to be ups and downs, but I’m here. I’m in the moment. I’m here now.

So with all of that said, I am so excited to announce that………..we bought a new house!!

It is a serious upgrade from the house we were living in before. Sure, where we were previously was very quiet and we had a half acre of land and chickens and a garden, but we finally have a place we can truly call a real home. Our land is smaller but we have a fenced in back yard and a preexisting raised garden bed. Our home is more spacious and has a much better energy flow. What do we not have? A friendly neighborhood crackhead that used to knock on our door all hours of the day and night looking for money or a ride…..-sigh-

So, onward to the photos!

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These were obviously taken before we moved in. When I first walked into the kitchen I nearly melted. Since I’ve been with my boyfriend, my culinary game has gone off the charts and we had NO kitchen space before! Unfortunately the fireplaces no longer function, but that’s so trivial compared to what we DO have. And the screened in front porch?! Can I get a hell yes?!

I am so excited to get photos of the house after we are 100% organized and unpacked. We’re taking our time so as not to get overwhelmed and stressed out.

Just before we moved into the house, we had another joyous event: My little brother’s wedding!

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It was a small ceremony at my parents’ beautiful house and property. The first two photo are obviously of the amazing bride and groom, then of course there are the usual Pickens, SC activities: shooting and swimming. I had to show off my boyfriend of course, because he is so stupidly handsome, and the last photo is a view from the front porch. Even rain clouds can’t take away how gorgeous it is!

So I’m definitely in a much better spot in life than I was. Maybe someday I’ll tell the entire story of what exactly happened to me, but for now, I focus on everything positive and the blessings I have in life.

It is my serious intention to record my journey forward, in the form of food, herbs, poetry, and love. Thank you all who have stuck with me this long, I look forward to living life with you!

Love,

Stephanie

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Frugal Meals: Veggie Soup

I realized I had a some veggies that were about to go bad on me. I don’t like wasting food, especially in the predicament I currently find myself in, so I thought hey…lets throw them all in a pot and see what happens!

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I chopped up some carrots, onion, garlic, and asparagus and opened a can of chickpeas to round it all out.

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Then I sauteed them all in a pot. Onions first, then carrots, then the asparagus, and the garlic was last because garlic burns so easily. I then added salt, pepper, dill, and rosemary. Oh, and a touch of turmeric.

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Then I put this baby in there. I let it boil then simmered for about 15 minutes.

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Then I had a soup that lasted me a few days, and it was healthy!

It’s been tough being unemployed. I’ve been a little afraid to put myself back out there, while being even more terrified of the coming months. Will I have enough money to keep this roof over my head? To keep my power on? My internet? It’s rough trying to stay positive in a time like this, but it’s times like these that positivity is one of the most essential tools to have.

In order to keep myself sane, I’ve been playing around with creative ideas. I’m going to try and integrate this blog with my Etsy shop, along with another idea I have that is in the early stages of development.

So…keep hanging out with me, perhaps you’ll see some cool stuff!

Thanks everyone, much love!

Okay, so…

My last post was pretty short. I was feeling angry and depressed. That’s normal to feel after losing a career of three years. My career was the reason I ended up in Wilmington three years ago. I definitely feel lost, but I’ve begun to feel slightly…excited? Is that the right word?

I’ve decided that, alongside of searching for a new job, I’m going to start focusing on some of my creative projects that my old career kept me from working on. I’m not saying I’m going to completely bum around, but I put so much of my time and energy into that company, that I’m ready to take some me time, even if my budget is razor slim.

One fun project I’m going to be working on is this:

Because of my slim budget, grocery shopping is going to be very interesting. I’m going to be focusing a lot on what I already own, canned foods, etc. So I’m hoping to post any interesting recipes I create out of what I already own.

I feel like this is going to go one of two ways: Either I’m going to start off like really strong, making delicious meals, and slowly have a downturn, or it’s just going to be godawful the whole way through haha.

Tonight’s dinner actually went pretty well! I’ve had an HT Trader’s flatbread in my freezer for a while, topped with tomatoes, onions, and vegan Italian sausage. I gotta say, it was pretty good! The sausage had very little flavor but the classic taste of mozzarella and tomatoes always makes me happy.

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So, yeah. Started out good. I’m feeling optimistic.

Have a great night everyone!

Lemons

Well. Here we are again. I stopped posting because of how busy I’d been. My job was basically my life.

But I got laid off yesterday.

So…as I try to put this puzzle back together, maybe now I’ll be able to post more regularly. I’ve got a couple things I’ve been doing lately that I’d like to post about. But not today. I just wanted to drop in, post a quick update, and allow myself to be devastated for one more night.

Be well, my friends

Life

Life has been handing me some lemons lately, and it has been very tiring trying to deal with them. This is one of the reasons I’ve been quiet.

This is normal for people my age. I realize that. At midnight on my birthday last month I began having a mid life crisis that I didn’t have much time to truly think about until recently.

When I was 20, living in my very first apartment, I discovered minimalism and began my first ever blog. While that blog is now long lost in the blogosphere, I’ve never really stopped trying to declutter my life. If you knew me personally and have been inside my current apartment, you would not guess that about me. I am very cluttered and I have a lot of sentimental things. But, it has come to my attention that I truly do need to minimize and begin a journey of mindfulness.

So the slow process begins…I want to downsize and rid myself of excessive things that I do not need. I plan on minimizing how much plastic I use, and be better about recycling. I also have begun independent study into medicinal herbalism, and will be trying my hand and creating my own salves and balms!

That’s it for now. I just wanted to make a quick update in between my busy work day hours. We’re nearing the end of our busy season, so soon I’ll have more time to blog and create!

Have a wonderful day!

Stephanie