December 10, 2018

Speaking From My Heart

Hello all! I know it has been such a long time since I have updated my blog. So much has happened, I cannot begin to write a fraction of the things that have changed since I last conjured up a post. Being that it has been over a year since I have posted anything, I figured it was time for an update.

I suppose the best thing to do is reintroduce myself for anyone who may still be here with me or to anyone new who may stumble on my blog for the first time. I’m Krissy, a Southern mom to three growing boys and married to a hard-working man for over 15 years. I am also a work-at-home mom.

A Little History

I began this blog back in 2008 in an effort to have a grown-up outlet to help other young moms like myself. My goal at that time was to share and encourage others while learning as much as I could about feeding children healthy meals and raising children in the best way possible. 

Along the way, I began reading and loving so many different blogs. I soon became engrossed with a bevy of useful and amazing information from some amazing mom bloggers, so much so that my own postings began to wane. I felt anything I could possibly share has already been done, read, or shared multiple times over. My confidence in my own writing hit the lowest of lows, and my blog was placed on the backburner. 

Where I Am Today

Fast-forward a few years, and I am now a mom to one pre-teen in middle school, and two elementary-aged kids who are growing faster than I can possibly comprehend. Life is certainly different than it used to be back in the early days of this blog. 

I have found myself struggling with the differences that happen as the kids continue to grow and change. Although they have grown and changed plenty since they were babies, these more recent changes are more challenging for me in a way I cannot coherently explain. I am sure other mothers out there can certainly relate. I also know plenty more changes are headed our way. 

In addition to changes with the kids, there have also been changes in my professional life. I still work from home as a freelance writer. However, the bulk of my writing is for other clients. I have not done any work for my own sense of fulfillment, which has begun to wear me down. Although I am grateful as can be to have the opportunity to work from anywhere in the world, the itch to write something I truly care and am passionate about has never left me. Just sitting down at this moment to write this one post is uplifting—as if a weight is literally being removed from my chest. I cannot express what taking the time to write about your feelings can do for the soul. It is like an old piece of me is slowly coming back. I have missed it tremendously. 

Which brings me back to today. In the last few weeks, I have been battling some negative feelings about where I am in my life. I just recently celebrated my 39th birthday, and although I have an amazing family and have the freedom to help provide for them by doing something I believe I am good at, I need to get back to my roots. I appreciate the opportunity to write content for others, but I need to write something that is meaningful to me and those like me as well. 

No Looking Back

Battling the idea of where my blog would be if I had not quit or had continued to update is something I frustrate myself with continuously. Just recently, I looked at some of the blogs I used to follow back when we were all just getting started, and I am thrilled for them and how much they have grown. At the same time, however, I shake my head at myself knowing I could be right there with them. 

So, right here and now I am making a promise to you and, possibly more importantly, to myself, that I will once again focus on my work here on Just Take Two Bites. I started this blog with good intentions, and it deserves some love and affection. I hope to bring you some good, solid content in the near future that you will find useful and encouraging. 

I struggle with self-confidence, and I am my hardest critic. It is difficult for me to even admit anything I am writing here today, but the need to get this out is great. I’ve been told I have a strong personality with leadership qualities. And yet, I feel just the opposite about myself. It is so amazing how we perceive ourselves juxtaposed with how we are perceived by others. 

So, no more negative feelings. No more comparing myself to others. No more worrying about where I should be versus where I am. 

My only choice is to be happy or not, and I choose to be happy.

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