It’s a Friday and I want to ramble about life nonsense. I need to vent a little and sometimes the only way to do that is through writing. So here we go.
This Summer has been busy and you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been as consistent with my blogging. I can’t say that I enjoyed summer to it’s fullest, because I didn’t. In fact, I still have yet to make it to DQ for a Blizzard which is sad because that’s one of my favorite things to do during the Summertime. Dairy Queen reminds me of moments with my Dad and how special our time together was. I’m making it a point to get an M&M blizzard tonight.
I’ve been so obsessed with keeping up with my full time job, blog, and other consulting projects that I haven’t been appreciating things like I should either. I keep pushing myself to my limits. At this point, I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not. Although my blog is my passion, it keeps me up until 1AM most nights as I edit photos and write posts. I spend my weekend developing recipes, too. It’s hard work and dedication.
So why do it?
There are so many reasons! This blog is helping to pay off my student loans (and I have A LOT of student loans). It also pushes me to pursue my passion and THAT is something I absolutely love. When I founded Ambitious Kitchen two years ago, I never imagined that I would make money from it. Nor did I ever think that I’d have readers or Facebook fans; every day I worked on it a little harder and learned along the way. The toughest part about blogging is that sometimes you feel like you have to stand out among others. My best advice to new bloggers? Write about what you love, share your passions, and be true to yourself. That in itself will make it stand out because no one in this world is like you.
Really though! I’m so thankful that you’ve decided to come read Ambitious Kitchen. Even if I can’t keep up with it as much as I’d like to. You’re still here.
I don’t know what will happen in the future with this blog, but I do know that it makes me happy — no matter how many nights I’m up late.
Now last but not least, I have some favorites for you. Summer favorites and links that keep me inspired from other hard-working bloggers. Enjoy!
- WHAT TO DO WITH SUMMER TOMATOES: MAKE SOUP!
- CURRENTLY READING: A BAKING BLOG I LOVE.
- GLUTEN FREE TREAT: BEAUTIFUL STRAWBERRY OAT CRISP.
- A BOOK ON YOGA: HAPPY YOGA.
- DIG IN: VEGGIE-PACKED PASTA SALAD.
- HEALTHY SNACK: CARROT CAKE + GRANOLA.
- VEGETARIAN YUM: AVOCADO TACOS.
- THE PERFECT BITE: CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES WITH A SECRET VEGGIE.
- POLISHED: FALL COLOR.
- BEAUTY: FAVORITE LOOK.
- DIY: AVO & COCONUT OIL HAIR MASK.
- HOW TO: MAKE PUMPKIN BAGELS
Have a great weekend! xo
I’m all over that coconut/avo hair mask!
<3 I love this post. I also adore your blog and am so happy you've stuck with it, I know how time consuming it can become but also what a labor of love it is!!
Blogging is a hard job, but it’s our passion and that’s why we keep with it. When things seem too hard, don’t give up… just give it a day, or two. Or a weekend with a few M&M Blizzards!! 😀 They now have a S’mores Blizzard that’s to die for!!! 🙂
AND thank you SO much for including my tomato soup!!
I recently discovered you, and you are fabulous! Please don't give up as you have many, many fans! You make me want to cook and bake again. My husband does all the cooking. I appreciate your blog. Thank you.
I hope you enjoy that blizzard tonight! Sounds like it’s much deserved!
I love your blog so, so much!! And the recipes are fabulous! (: Thank you, thank you1!
I really enjoy your blog and your thoughts and your recipes. This weekend my daughter and I are going to make your “Best Cookies in the World”. You are appreciated! Thank you for doing what you do.
Keep on keeping on!
I'm currently in the same situation as you. It takes a lot of effort to blog regularly no matter how much you love it. Please keep writing because you inspire me to do the same! 🙂
I really like your blog even thoough I’ve only started following it quite recently. I have made sveral of your recipes and I’m intrigued by your healthy baking recipes. I made the black bean/avocado brownies the other weekends and they were SO good! Thanks!
Blogging isn’t easy, but it’s worth it! Especially because we’ve become cookie bff’s! Thanks for featuring our cookies! xo
I really appreciate your honesty here. I having been blogging for 2 years now and it’s a struggle to come up with new, exciting material, not to mention blog on a regular basis when it’s not your full-time job. Anyways, very relatable post, thank you!
Thanks for the love, friend!
Chin up. What would you do if you weren’t blogging? Sleeping? Sleeping is overrated and it been totally worth it just for your nutella cookies DANG I love those! Keep up the good work.
That soup looks wonderful! Love looking at your weekend favorites 🙂
Oh and thanks for the pasta salad love!
I just recently discovered you blog and I really love your delicious recipes but also reading your comments, too. Please don’t give up or get discouraged–you are really talented!
Hi Monique… Firstly I hope you had the ice cream and that you really ENJOYED it. It can be so hard to keep up with the things we have to do, the things we love to do and the things that just happen. Keep at it girl, your blog is fab and much appreciated! As for those links… I so have to try to recreate the make-up in your favourite look and loved the recipes and yoga book too. xx
Love love love this post! I can most definitely relate. I’m still trying to figure out my groove, and I am like you, very overwhelmed with an array of projects. Keep your head up high. YOU CAN DO IT!
Not sure why I have not been getting your feeds…gah! Just caught up on like 6 posts. That cheesy burrata skillet, the quinoa chili, mmmm, normally I don’t go for savory..LOL but you make me want to.
And I remember when you started your blog! I remember seeing your name everywhere and I was like who is this new girl on the scene? She’s got great cookie recipes 🙂 And look at you now!
Blogging keeps me up every night too, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Well okay some sleep would be nice one of these years, but til then, on we keep pressing. Congrats on 2 yrs and on this really heartfelt post – loved it.
I recently discovered your blog and have made Zucchini Brownies 4X already! (In one week!) Both your open, down-to-earth-ness and commitment to eating clean is inspiring! I also didn’t quite get the relaxing summer I had hoped for. Hang in there. Replenish yourself when you can because I don’t want you to burn yourself out (like I do). Cheers & many thanks!
Joo toi on paha kun on oma pÃ¶ytÃ¤, jota tÃ¤ytyy kÃ¤ydÃ¤ siivoamassa, heh! Jos tÃ¤mÃ¤ meidÃ¤n vauva nyt on tyttÃ¶, niin nukkekoti olis kyllÃ¤ tosi ihana. Kaikki ne pienet huonekalut ja astiat, ihan oma maailmansa 🙂