I’ve had a blog for four years. I started Musings of a Catholic Mom on Blogger New Year’s Day 2009, with a fairly unimpressive post about New Year’s Resolutions. Since then I’ve published over 200 posts (the official number is 221, but I’ve deleted a few now and then so I’ve actually posted a few more), and my blogging style has evolved over the years–for better or worse, I couldn’t say. For a while now I’ve been contemplating switching over to Word Press, and when I realized I’d run out of space for photos in Google’s free photo sharing site, I thought, heck–now’s the time. I’ve wanted to find a more “catchy” title, too; after much pondering, Eating Slowly is what I’ve (finally!) come up with.
Why Eating Slowly, you ask? I wanted to have an underlying theme for my blog, but the problem is, I like to blog about all kinds of things. Food, my faith journey, the joys and struggles of raising two teenage and one almost-teenage boys, being Catholic, books, places we visit, and the everyday ins and outs of life. Not long ago I was thinking about the book Eat, Pray, Love; remember that one? Elizabeth Gilbert writes about leaving her husband to go on a worldwide journey to find herself. The way I figure, I don’t need to go on some epic quest to find myself; I’m doing that every day just by living my life. And I realized that “Eat, Pray, Love” can be a theme for my own life. Here’s what I mean:
1. Eat Slowly. I love cooking, and good food always makes life just a little bit better. I try to minimize the processed food and cook things from scratch whenever I can. I even started a whole other blog called Cooking Nick’s Books–dedicated to food, and my favorite writer, Nicholas Sparks. (Although, I’m thinking Dean Koontz might soon become my new favorite writer. But I digress.) I’m a big believer in Slow Food (meaning, minimizing fast and processed food and serving home-cooked, locally-grown, organic, and nutritious meals instead–although I don’t always practice this), and I love having a meal with my family around the table; even though sometimes one or all of the boys have someplace to rush off to right after dinner.
(Corolla, NC, 2010)
2. Pray (insert your favorite adjective here: Hard, Fervently, Often, Always…) Something that we all need to do a little bit more of. I love my Catholic faith, and I want to learn more about it and grow closer to Jesus every day.
3. Love Deeply. Starting with my family. I want to treat others the way I would want to be treated. I want to always be reminded that every person I come in contact with is made in the image of God. I want to think of others before I think of myself.
(Shenandoah National Park, 2011)
I hope you’ll join me on this journey. If you already follow me on Musings of a Catholic Mom, you might not notice too much of a change in the way I write or the things I write about or the photos that I publish. Most likely I’ll put my posts in both places at first, and I’m still planning to keep Cooking Nick’s Books going (even though I haven’t been posting there much lately), at least until I’ve exhausted Nicholas Sparks’ novels. I’m getting pretty close.
(Denali, Alaska, 2012)
This blog won’t be just about eating, of course; although I expect there will be quite a bit about food. I’m excited about sharing what I’m learning in my faith journey, our adventures as a family, my wonder at the beautiful world around us, and my love of God and all things Catholic. (Perhaps “Living Slowly” would be a more apt title…something to ponder for the future, I suppose.) And I think I have a pretty good sense of humor, so I’ll mostly keep things light. I’ll leave the heavy-duty stuff for the more “serious” bloggers. So welcome and hello! And Happy New Year!