WHOA YOU GUYS! I’M GETTING A PUPPY!
How’s that for scary announcement and exciting news, eh?
Just kidding of course. While it is true that I am getting a new puppy, as some of you may have seen on my Facebook page, this is not exactly what I wanted to talk about at this time.
I’ve got a few pieces of truly meaningful information that I’d like to share with you today. Stuff that I’ve been meaning to talk about for a while, but couldn’t really find the right words; then I got a bit scared, a bit intimidated… To be honest, for a couple of weeks, I wasn’t even quite sure what to think about it myself. But now, I’ve grown quite confident and I’m actually really excited and feel ready to share the news with you.
FIRST OFF, THE BIG SCARY ANNOUNCEMENT
Shortly before Christmas, my boss saw me in his office for my yearly evaluation and ended up giving me the greatest, most amazing present I could’ve ever hoped for:
He very kindly, although very regretfully I could feel, showed me the door.
My “other life”, my passion for blogging, was taking up way too much space and was seriously getting in the way, negatively impacting my work performance. Truth is, my blog had become my number 1 priority in every part of my life, even at work. It was getting harder and harder for me to stay grounded and do what it is that my job description required me to do. Plus, I have to be honest, I was no longer fun to be around and felt I didn’t fit in anymore.
Truth is going to work every day was making me miserable. I’d forgotten how to smile. I knew I wasn’t happy, but I couldn’t quite figure out why.
After all, I had a very good job, a stable income, dream work conditions, amazing coworkers, which I’d grown to love and appreciate over all these years and most of all, I had THE BEST DARN BOSS IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE, who had gone through great lengths to put me in the chair I was occupying!
Despite the fact that my heart wasn’t there anymore, I just couldn’t bring myself to leave this security and let all these people down, even though deep down I knew it was the right thing to do. It was a leap of faith that I just wasn’t ready to take. So my boss did it for me. And for that, I will forever be grateful.
Now, I wake up everyday with a great big smile on my face because I spend every waking hour doing what I really love to do, without having to feel guilty about it.
From now on, I will be able to pour all of my heart and all of my soul into making THF a successful blog, without anything holding me back. To say that I wasn’t scared would be a BIG FAT LIE. But it’s a gamble I’m willing to take.
It’s a gamble I am WANTING to take.
Not only do I want THF to stay alive, I want it to thrive, grow and expand. And with your help and support, I know that WE can make this happen!
I guess you can expect a few things to change around here, in the near and not so near future. For starters, I will be able to dedicate a lot more time to taking pictures and developing recipes. No longer will have to scrunch up 3, 4 or even 5 recipes in a single week-end. And if the light isn’t on my side on a particular day, then I will have the luxury to wait for it to cooperate… This means I will have more time and opportunities to work on step by steps pictorial posts. YAY!
READY FOR MORE BIG NEWS?
I am extremely excited to announce that BARBIE HAS BEEN GIVEN THE BOOT! That’s right! Betty Crocker is a goner! You won’t be seeing Sonia the cartoon’s face anymore pretty soon, as THF IS CURRENTLY GETTING A COMPLETE OVERHAUL!
Rightio! A brand new look is in the making. I haven’t seen the whole thing yet, only a few visual “proofs” but I can tell you that what I saw is extremely promising and I can’t wait to share the real thing with you all. It’s a bit too soon to get into more details, but expect this place to look completely different in a couple of months time…
Last but not least, while we’re the subject of announcements… please let me take this opportunity to announce the winner of my “Thank You for 100K likes Amazon Card Giveaway“
But before I get to that, I just want to say thank you for the amazing response and for all the unbelievably kind comments that some of you have left. I have read each and every single one of them and I must say that some brought tears to my eyes. It touches me deeply to know that so many of you out there really appreciate this place and that I have inspired you to cook and eat better. You honestly are the best, I love you all and thank you from the very bottom of my heart.
YOU ARE ALL MY OWN PERSONAL FRIGGIN’ SUPERSTARS, EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!!!!
Alright, so now to name a lucky winner…
And the winner is…
Congratulation, Claudette! I will be emailing you with the details very shortly!