Inside I’m dancing. I’m one day away from being 2/3 of the way through my mammoth year long challenge of blogging about food everyday for a whole year. It’s had its ups, and its downs (blogging from a broken mobile phone for over a month being one of them). Now I’m more than half way in, I feel like I’m in a good position to comment on the impact starting this blog has had on me, my life, my friendships and my relationship with food.
When I first started this blog, I was lacking confidence in so many areas of my life. I was a bit unhappy at work and didn’t know what I wanted to do. Being a musical type, I hadn’t indulged in playing music for a long time and doubted my creativity, and I lacked a creative outlet. I didn’t tell anyone about this blog at first because I was scared of what people would think of me. I was accessing counselling and was in the midst of a life-crisis. I needed something to focus on, and this blog became that, and so much more.
Personally My Food Challenge has boosted my confidence without doubt. I no longer doubt my ability to write and my creativity. I have a greater sense of who I am, maybe this is down to my blog becoming a part of my identity, who knows, and I don’t care about what people think anymore. If you like my blog – great! If you don’t – move along.
Life wise, I would go as far as to say that starting this blog has changed my life. I really would. Only the other night myself and Dan were talking about how much My Food Challenge has enriched both of our lives in so many ways. It’s changed the way we eat and look at food, it’s made us appreciate the small things in life and introduced us to some wonderful people and experiences. Even better, it’s landed me a job in an industry I love. Both of our lives look very different now, and we wouldn’t change any of it.
My/our relationship with food is so different now. I feel like I’m on a constant culinary journey. Where as previously we used to eat lots of the same food, we’re now no longer stuck in a food routine. I have a deeper respect for food and I’m more daring when it come to trying things. Previously I wouldn’t touch fish with its head still on or bones inside it – one of my weird quirks. Only last week I ate sardines with BOTH a head and bones and didn’t bat an eyelid until Dan pointed it out to me. I also eat meat off the bone.
We both have a better understanding of herbs and spices and eat so much healthier too. I did worry that I’d get fat starting this challenge, but it’s had the opposite impact – a more varied diet has resulted in my losing weight (well, that and stress).
We’re healthier, happier and our lives are enriched as a result of this blog.
It’s been an amazing experience so far and ready and waiting to enjoy the experiences the next four months have in store.
Hayley Jayne xx