Monday, November 21, 2011

So...

So, I have been told from time-to-time that I should start a blog. "Why?" I ask. I don't consider myself unusually interesting and it doesn't seem as though my life is particularly unique. Though, I love to write and wish to document my experiences more.

So, why not share with others what I so desperately want to document for myself? I will attempt to make may thoughts streamlined for an easy read but I make no promises. I read an amazing quote the other day by Audrey Hepburn: "Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later that you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering - because you can't take it in all at once." Oh how very true this is. I find myself struggling to recall places that I have been, the importance of things and how I felt. My mind has a way of remembering things as happy...good times... even when they were not.

The past two years has perhaps been the most trying two years of my life when it comes to relationships. And not just romantic relationships but famille as well. With that have come countless battles of emotions and physical as well as mental health.

One thing (among many others in which you will learn) has helped ease the natural stress of life the past few months. Cooking and baking. And not only cooking and baking but researching (usually for...sometimes hours... on my oh-so-handy iPad) cooking and baking. AND to make things a bit more interesting, due to my new dietary restrictions- cooking and baking Gluten and Dairy free. Allow me to correct myself by saying that these are not dietary restrictions but rather lifestyle changes - while these changes once consumed my thoughts so negatively that I found myself growing cynical (and I am generally a happy person) - they now consume my thoughts in a very positive way. I look forward to new recipes that I come upon, new creations that I make up by throwing various ingredients together and new memories. Not to say that I don't relapse to negative thinking every once in awhile when I pass a frozen yogurt shop or smell an incredible fresh loaf of delicious glutenous bread... and I'll admit there are those times when I just can't handle it and indulge... oh how I love a good brie. Alas, I will pay the price soon after ;)

While cooking for one is not always an easy task, I have enjoyed it thoroughly. My next post will be on one of my favorite recipes.

Peace,

-Ashley

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