I've decided to renew my website and my passion for fermenting. I need it!
This year has brought about a lot of stress and I haven't been using the best coping mechanisms to deal with all of that. Some changes this past year have been our family relocating an hour away from the place we called home for the past nine years. Now we are the proud owners of TWO homes. Yikes! Fortunately, after an accepted offer on our old home fell through, we were able to find a family to rent it over the winter.
Financially it was time for me to ask for full time hours at work. With that came two promotions! I went from working barely 15 hours per week to becoming the Food Service Leader at our store (that means they put me in charge of the kitchen). I love my job but it really stresses me out sometimes. I have nightmares regularly about messing everything up at work.
Anyway, what is the point of all of this?
I recently read Cait Flanders book, The Year of Less, and of all the books I have been reading about leading a simpler life this one really struck a chord with me. I can really relate to her story about compulsive shopping and other unhealthy habits. When I am stressed and feeling depressed I do two things, I drink too much wine and compulsively buy things. So, what does this have to do with this site? I started thinking about my habits and short cuts I have been taking because I think I don't have the time. These are just sad excuses! I have time, I just don't use it wisely. Now that I am working first shift I am usually home shortly after noon. What do I do with this quiet time before the kids come home? I am on FaceBook or Amazon while sitting on the sofa watching yet another rerun on Bravo. It's pathetic...
So, I have decided that my new habit will be to ferment again!
Let's Ferment! Instead of shopping on Amazon.
Let's Ferment! Instead of that glass of wine, stay on top of your fermented beverages and enjoy those instead. Yes, I know wine is a fermented beverage but you get my point.
Let's Ferment! Instead of being lazy and grabbing a jar of Bubbies pickles at the store I need to get back to making my own. Seriously!
Let's Ferment! Get those creative juices flowing again! When I am feeling creative and proud of what I made, I just feel better about myself.
Let's Ferment! I need to get back in touch with the passion I had for fermenting.
So there it is. I am putting this out there to hold myself accountable. Perhaps my days of teaching classes and wanting to pursue selling my products are behind me, but this feels like a very productive path for where my life is now.
I look forward to sharing more with you.
Currently Fermenting: Milk Kefir (because lately I have been eating my weight in kefir dips), Jun, and a basic Sauerkraut