…Is This Thing Still On?

…Is This Thing Still On?

Oh hey. Are you guys still there? It’s been a minute or two, so I wouldn’t hold it against you in the least if you wandered away into greener blog pastures (as long as you don’t hold it against me that I stole Obama’s dad joke). But I’m back! And now you’re back, too! So let’s do this thing.

When I started lemonclove, it was a project of discovery in every sense of the word. I’d finished culinary school and, after a bittersweet decision to stick to my day job and not pursue a culinary career, I was trying to figure out how to continue to nurture my evolving love for all things food and cooking. I’d recently discovered photography and was enamored with it. I was a lifelong writer, but I’d never put myself or my writing out there in such an intentional, deliberate way. Even now, writing this, it makes me nervous to know that these thoughts will soon be enveloped by the world wide web and spit out onto the screen of anyone that has the whimsy to click on a link.

But they say the magic lives outside that little comfort zone we all make for ourselves, and so lemonclove came to life. And I discovered. New recipes, new loves, new outlooks. And not long after, I discovered that sometimes, starting over can be the hardest and best thing that ever happens to you.

Over the last 5 years, I’ve lived in 5 different apartments in 2 different cities. I’ve lost friends, gained new ones, discovered deep heartbreak and even deeper love, changed jobs, traveled the globe, and learned more about myself in that short amount of time than in my first 27 years combined.

About a year ago, I married the love of my life and I still can’t believe I’m lucky enough to call him husband and do this life with him. We just moved into a little apartment of questionable desirability in the heart of Society Hill, Philadelphia, and while we miss our dear Boston (and our little apartment of questionable desirability in the heart of Somerville) terribly, I’m thinking these next 5 years could top the last. I’m feeling that old itch for discovery, for pushing against my comfort zone, but this time it comes from a grounded place. A place where I know where I’ve been, what I want, where I’m going, and what I hold dear to my finicky, sometimes cynical heart. I have big plans for lemonclove 2.0 – to find out more, head over to my new about page.

Call it happenstance, or a coincidence, or maybe an insignificant fluke, but as I write this I’m in Boston, my beloved Boston, on a quick 2-day work trip. I’m sipping wine on my hotel’s rooftop terrace, munching on nuts, and I can’t help but think how full circle it seems to be relaunching lemonclove from the place it all started – and the place that I discovered so much.

So here’s to it all. Everything. Wine and love and food and friends. Our comfort zones and pushing past them, the years that keep marching on, and to finding your ground, whatever it may be.