I am sorry for it being so long since I’ve written. I swear it’s not you, it’s me. The past few, well several, months have been a defining period in my life (such as: important family moments, transitional work life, a recent engagement to a wonderful man) and as life produces these monumental moments (or what seem to be monumental to the person living these moments) it takes one’s basic survival instincts and skills to get them through these types of life-changing events. As I write this post to you all at 5:35 AM after being up for about two and half hours, I know now that my survival skills are not up to par. I have allowed my life to be consumed by stress and devices out of my control. And today, I am here to ask for support from you and myself to take back control of things I can change, and let go the things that are out of my control. I need to get back to myself and the people who love me, and let go of the people who fall short of caring for me.
There is nothing harder to me than traveling for work and maintaining my workouts and diet routine. The past two months I have been in and out of a car, meeting to meeting, with little time for exercise and on a not-so-strict “free sandwich” and fast food diet. All of this traveling came at short notice, so that left me with little time to prepare and plan for an alternative routine while on the run.
I know, I know…it has been too long since my last post, but for my general health, it was a good thing to go on my mini hiatus when I did because I felt like I was burning out from everything: work, my blog, my Quarter of Caroline goal. After taking off a full week from everything (and a little longer from my blog), I feel rejuvenated and calm. My emotions seem less scattered and I am ready to work toward my goal with full force.
Every now and again I like to exercise my writing by completing the daily prompts provided by WordPress. Today, I thought their topic was interesting:
I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. And for my international readers. I hope you had a weekend that was also great. I was able to spend the fourth of July with my family and dear friends and then took a weekend trip to Chicago with my boyfriend where we walked around and explored the city.
Today, I was invited to a party to celebrate two of my friends’ engagement. I made a seasonal strawberry pie to honor them. I have never made one before, but I am pretty happy in how it turned out. Everyone seemed to like it.
I used two separate recipes for the filling and crust from allrecipes.com.
I took some liberties with the design of the pie and also added lime juice to the filling as I boiled down the strawberries. The lime juice helped cut the sweetness of the pie and added an additional flavor dimension.
What are some of your favorite foods to make during the summer?
Short and sweet, but my plan is to write some more tomorrow or later this week.
As always, thanks for reading,