Thursday, March 11, 2010


If you're the observant type you may have noticed a curious phenomenon occurring here on the blog, and especially on my Flickr photostream. My eats have been growing more diverse, time- and/or thought-consuming, and more plentiful. Take yesterday's banana breakfast cake (above), for instance, inspired by Danielle. On an ordinary weekday I would be scrambling half-damp from the shower into an outfit, tossing a green smoothie into my belly, and rushing out the door to work. I would not have had time to experiment with this breakfast cake, topped by PB2 and chocolate Amazing Grass. This is not a normal weekday meal for me.

Except . . . now it is. I don't want to share too much for several reasons including privacy, professionalism, and my dignity. Suffice it to say that I've left my wonderful and amazing elementary school job for the remainder of the school year due to health stuff. No, it's not my eating disorder making a comeback. It's something new and not-fun, and I need some time to work on managing it before I venture back out into the professional world, much less a child-centered career. Maybe I'll feel more comfortable in the future and share further . . . but for now, that's all. I do, however, want give a shout-out to my school's principal for helping me find another option besides outright quitting. Let me tell you, I am blessed by that learning community.

But I haven't given up on life or work! While I'm in this semi-self-imposed convalescence, I'll be working on my writing. Freelance, creative, blogging -- I've got time and the interest, so I'm going for it. I've always wanted to write for a living, anyway. Now I have the chance to see what it's actually like and if I can hack it, or if I even like it.. Despite feeling bummed at leaving my education career, I will not let this opportunity pass me by.

It's been about a week since I started my professional leave. During that time in addition to being a stay-at-home dog mama, I've added a few more articles and product reviews to my Examiner page on local healthy food options:
I also started a HubPages account. I enjoy this writing community because it allows participants to freely write and submit on topics that they find most compelling. Here are my submissions so far:
In addition, I'm keeping up with my 2010 photo-a-day blog, Camera Cowgirl.

Reactions? Thoughts? Tips on freelance writing? Suggestions on topics you'd like to see me cover both here on Kitchen Courage as well as on my new writing hot spots? I welcome it all! And don't forget you can still ask anything anonymously. My new office, complete with anti-house-soiling chihuahua measures, is just a click away.


  1. Heather Iacobacci-MiMarch 11, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    I would love to do freelance writing for a living. For better or worse, it sounds like you have a great opportunity to try it out.

  2. Kudos for capitalizing on the opportunity to pursue things like your blogging that really matter to you. This definitely is a great opportunity, and I hope you find it fulfilling in every way :)

  3. Ah, this must be why I'm seeing you more on Twitter....seems like every writer is on Twitter 24/7! ;-)


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