Things have been pretty quiet around here lately if you hadn’t noticed. Every now and then I go through these phases where I am practically non-existent on the blog due to being a) busy, b) uninspired, c) forgetful, d) lazy or e) on vacation. (Not to mention the lack of appeal of turning on a hot oven to bake.) Or all of the above, in this case for a one month MIA. To be honest, sometimes it becomes a downward spiral. After about two weeks of not baking or posting any recipes, it will dawn on me. And then the guilt sets in, and the more and more I push it off my to-do list that it isn’t a priority. But you know what? It should be.
I have been blogging here on The Baking Bird for over 6 years. Blogging organically blossomed into one of my favorite hobbies and passions parallel to discovering my love for vegan baking and food photography. I have loved taking (making) photos since the wee age of 12. I’ll never forget my first digital camera and the whole new world it opened up for me. Photography has been my main creative outlet ever since, and even though there are times when the Canon will get a little dusty in the case, I know it will always be there for me. I’m not worried about it, but I definitely don’t want it to feel left out or neglected.
Do any of you ever experience this with the hobbies in your life? It’s like a plant that needs watering, soil that needs fertilizing, a hunger that needs satiating. It needs to be fed. Not all the time, but definitely not forgotten about. Sometimes it gets to the point (ahem, a month later) where I’ve realized I’ve neglected something for so long that it reminds me to want it again. The stuff that fulfills the soul, the peace it brings from the inside out. It can be so easy to get caught up in day to day life, daily work routines, the chores and errands and internal chatter and external chatter that the very things that bring us peace and joy and fulfillment are put on the back burner. But eventually, we crave them once again to center us. The internal equilibrium signaling us to come back to our place of “balance”, whatever that may be.
So all this is is just a long story short of explaining how cyclical realizations come to be, and that is just the wave of life. Sometimes you need to feel the absence of something to crave it’s presence once again (like oh so many things in life). So, here’s an intention from here on out, at least in this creative cycle, however long it may last, to prioritize the things in this life that feed me in more ways than one. A recipe or two is coming your way soon.
In the meantime, here are some cats. (Some pretty awesome cats). And a new and exciting indoor palm plant. Meow!