Hello! Howdy! Hello. ♡

I’ve had this model of a espresso date on my coronary heart for months, however life! time! extra life! You get it.

Just lately I’ve met a number of folks out in the actual world who talked about what POY means to them and the way a lot they’ve loved the recipes over time. And I believe these pleased little run-ins gave me the push I wanted to sit down down and write this publish.

Which… isn’t something earth-shattering, I don’t assume? Nevertheless it’s only a little bit of an replace on what life is like for us nowadays, what we’re fascinated about, and the way issues have shifted behind the scenes of Pinch of Yum as we head into 2024! (Sure, it’s February. This kind of lateness is on-brand.)

There have a been modifications to loads of issues inside POY within the final 12 months – some wins, some losses, however virtually all of them for the higher, being pushed by alignment of values and priorities.

And there have been some lost-feeling moments, too. And that’s okay. As life goes.

So, I assume this espresso date is de facto only a evaluation of life. ♡ Possibly you possibly can relate or perhaps you simply discover it attention-grabbing? Or perhaps it’s really you’ll be accomplished studying in about two seconds! We’ll discover out!

Right here we go. That is, in a (lengthy) nutshell, The State of Issues.

The State Of Mother Life

Our Youngsters Are Into the Preschool Stage And I Love It So A lot.

Our ladies are 3 and 5 and OH MY! it’s a enjoyable stage for me as a mother.

We’re out of the sleepless nights stage, the “why is my child crying” anxiousness cycles, and the pumping / breastfeeding / spit up loop that was one way or the other each so rewarding and so intensely difficult.

And now we – dad and mom and youngsters – are sleeping. (PRAISE!) The child gear has usually moved out of the home to make room for a seemingly countless provide of trinkets, paper scraps, stickers, and Paw Patrol and Barbie toys and equipment that I discover actually in all places. Assist?! We’re on a daily rotation between hugs, snuggles, I really like you’s, and Stage 10 tantrums, however one way or the other this works for me. Regardless that I completely love infants, I really feel significantly better geared up to deal with the challenges of this stage than I ever felt with our ladies as infants.

Issues are All the time Altering. And It’s Bittersweet.

This final 12 months has been considered one of gentle and regular parenting goodbyes.

Within the fall, we took Lena, our youngest, to Construct A Bear so she might put her final pacifier inside a teddy bear as a part of Operation: Pacis Are Not Perpetually. As we had been on the brink of depart the home, I ran upstairs to seize the paci and did my signature paci-grab transfer – one knee on the bottom, tuck the shoulder, and a far attain again beneath her crib to seize the final little rubber paci and it simply hit me. That is the final time. And I felt the pinprick of tears virtually instantly. It’s such an earthly little mother activity. I by no means notably cherished needing to contort my physique into this bizarre place to seize her pacis from beneath her crib and by no means even thought twice about it. After which it simply ended, and I received’t try this a part of mother life anymore. It’s bittersweet.

We’re now virtually accomplished with diapers (didn’t cry about that one) and we’re speaking about Kindergarten and gymnastics and massive woman beds and discovering a brand new house for the crib and the stroller. The child days look so rosy in hindsight and I’m already lacking them so deeply.

However, large image, we’re in , regular place with household life. I’m so glad to be sleeping. I’m so glad to be usually in a predictable routine. I’m a extra assured mother – I really feel like I usually know what our ladies want. And most days, I simply get to face in awe of what great, humorous little creatures these kiddos are.

We have now our days, however it is a good stage for us. I actually find it irresistible.

The State Of Weblog Life

13 Years In And I Love This Work Extra Than Ever. And Additionally… I’m A Bit Misplaced At Occasions.

The irony of working on the web is that you just get good at a factor simply in time for it to alter. Joke’s on us! 😂 Issues change so rapidly and so continuously that you just by no means actually totally develop any long-lasting mastery of a factor. You’re chasing a transferring goal.

The talents that you just construct will stay, however there are always new waves to catch. And I sort of find it irresistible. It retains me on my toes and makes life thrilling.

However it could additionally really feel a bit disorienting. Like, wait, I assumed I had this down? The opposite day, in a second of blah-ness, I stated to Bjork: “I don’t even know tips on how to write a weblog publish anymore.” I’ve actually written hundreds of weblog posts. I’ve all the time felt like I knew what I used to be doing.

Issues are going nicely and we’ve had 12 months for POY. We’re not going wherever. I really feel extra energized, excited, and locked in on the “why” than ever. However issues are always altering and that’s one thing we’re all the time fascinated about. Folks’s web habits. What is useful. How we wish to construction our staff. Who I’m as an individual and what I worth within the content material I create.

None of it’s static.

Add turning into a father or mother into the combo, time limitations, and reshaped priorities, and I’m left asking the query, “what am I even doing” on a semi-regular foundation (LOL). As in, is that this the suitable factor to deal with? Is that this the place my coronary heart is? Is that this really doing something for the enterprise? and am I displaying up and connecting with folks the best way I wish to?

There’s no reply, there’s no large change or announcement to be made. That is simply… a espresso date the place I let you know what I’m fascinated about.

I nonetheless love this and am nonetheless right here.

What a experience. 🤪

I’ve Determined to Be Dwelling with our Ladies Extra In This Season.

In January we made a fairly large schedule change for our household that has resulted in me being at house considerably extra with the women.

For 13 years, I’ve been publishing new weblog posts each Monday.

Now I’ll simply be publishing one thing when it’s prepared and accomplished. No deadlines, no hardcore posting schedule. Simply taking my foot off the gasoline just a little bit and letting it occur because it occurs.

With this, I’m discovering myself saying no to work issues that I’d really wish to say sure to which is tough and feels counter-intuitive at occasions. Enjoyable undertaking? New model? Upcoming journey? YES I wish to do it!

However the suitable reply is commonly no, and I do know this tempo is correct for me proper now.

I assume I consider (perhaps wishfully? we’ll see) that a few of these passed-up alternatives will bounce again. And that I’ll look again presently and really feel actually nice concerning the choices I made, understanding that they had been proper for us on this season.

Associates and Good Folks Are What Make It.

In friendship and household and other people, we’re ridiculously fortunate.

Over the previous few years, we’ve had the chance to work with some actually superb folks. We have now finally determined to scale our staff again fairly a bit to align with all of the slow-it-down stuff, and for the time being, we now have simply this tiny full-time-ish crew:

  • Me: new content material, new recipes
  • Bjork: tech and technique
  • Jenna: meal plans, emails, bringing virtually all new concepts to life and being usually superb at every part

After which final 12 months we ended up sort of stumbling into a brand new video association that now includes me working with our long-time shoot assistant (Krista) and my greatest buddy’s husband (Landon) to movie recipe movies. Right here’s just a little BTS of our video process that we did with Pure Leaf iced tea this fall.

Between all of those nice folks plus two different shut buddies who workplace simply down the corridor from us, there are loads of days that find yourself sort of simply feeling like one large hangout as all of us pop out and in of one another’s workplaces for lunch, a snack break, or a time-wasting chat.

This has sort of sneakily grow to be a chapter of our work life that’s wealthy with people-time and that feels so, so good.

Typically even after I’m not working, I’ll carry the women over simply to hang around with all people on the workplace, and that is actually the most effective components of my life proper now.

The folks actually make it.

We Began a Factor Referred to as Snackdive!

Talking of working with buddies!

I stated no to loads of issues this 12 months, however I stated sure to 1 very enjoyable factor in 2023 and that could be a new model referred to as Snackdive! My buddy Nate and I began this after years of speaking about it whereas munching on junk food late at night time in our front room, and we’ve roped Landon in as our editor.

And as one commenter stated, it’s “delightfully dumb.”

The power! The silliness! It’s been so enjoyable.

We… principally simply discuss snacks! We embrace our stupidly particular opinions about issues like Reese’s and Bugles and Goldfish crackers, and we educate one another little methods like tips on how to do a Tim Tam Slam.

You may see the movies and follow along here! Proper now we’re doing quick weekly episodes which can be shared on Instagram. My hope is that it’s just a little burst of delightfully dumb pleasure in your life.

In Abstract

I’m actually pleased in my life proper now. I’m grateful for thus many issues.

I additionally often really feel just a little misplaced. Like perhaps all of us do generally. Issues change, and that’s okay.

And I’m having a lot enjoyable engaged on some new issues this 12 months. I’m staying house with the women extra and loving it. My tempo has modified however my coronary heart may be very a lot right here with Pinch of Yum. I’m excited for a enjoyable, scrumptious, and foolish 12 months.

Sage Says

On the finish of those espresso date posts I all the time like to incorporate a little bit of knowledge from our good woman, Sage.

And as we speak Sage would love you to know that you just being you is a present to the world.

Most canines love taking part in with toys. Working round. Assembly new folks. Sagey woman…. she simply doesn’t. She’s shy, sleepy, just a little bit grumpy and really snuggly. And you realize what? We love her so dearly. We don’t ever want she was like different canines. She actually doesn’t want she was like different canines. She’s simply precisely who she is, and the world is a greater place for having her in it.

You don’t have to like the identical issues different folks love. You don’t should be good on the issues different individuals are good at. You don’t have to alter who you might be to suit what you see different folks doing. Actual, real folks simply being themselves is what makes life superior.

You might be completely and splendidly made! ♡

I’ve a lot extra to speak about – journey, figuring out (or attempting to), new group of our workplace pantry, air fryers, getting your colours accomplished (!!), and the way are folks conserving their homes clear?!

However that is already very lengthy and so we’ll simply think about this the “State of Issues” replace.

Possibly there’s one other espresso date quickly to speak concerning the superficial enjoyable stuff.

Sending all my real love, admiration, and appreciation to you. Thanks for being right here.

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