To Everything, There is a Season

To everything, there is a season

This is going to seem a bit abrupt.

But believe me, it’s not. I spent a silly amount of time thinking about my decision to stop updating this blog regularly.

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For a while before I started Nourish Paleo Foods, friends had been telling me that I always made paleo cooking look so easy and tempting. My brother-in-law says he is inspired to eat more vegetables after hanging out with me. “You just make them look so good.”

So in July 2012, I started this blog so I could “share and record what I am cooking up these days.”

For the past 16 months, I have posted two or three times a week—usually sharing paleo recipes but sometimes writing about topics far outside the kitchen that are interesting to me. I have been bowled over by the supportiveness of my friends and family, as well as by the other bloggers and readers with whom I have made virtual friendships. People have been so kind, gracious and supportive as I have shared my recipes and reflections. I hope that a few readers found a tasty new recipe.

When I told Matt a few months ago that I was thinking of stopping this blog, he was surprised. “Why?” he asked.

I paused, as so many ideas swirled around in my brain.

“I guess I’m running out of things to say,” I finally said. “And I’ve shared all my recipes.”

And that’s a big part of it. I’m afraid I don’t have much else to add on the topic of paleo recipes. I cook about 20 of 21 meals that I eat per week – plus a hefty number of snacks. But probably 19 of those 20 meals are the same basic format – meat and vegetable, topped with olive oil, salt and pepper. During these 16 months, I’ve shared most of the creative ideas I have accumulated over five years of paleo eating.

But a second and equally significant part of my decision to stop updating this blog has to with how I chose to spend my time. I believe very strongly that each of us has a responsibility to spend the hours and days that we have with intention. I never want to be in a position where I ask myself why I didn’t spend more time on things that were important to me. And by spending time on cooking for and writing for this blog, I spend less time on other things that I want to do, such as –

  • Impulsively following recipes that I see on other blogs
  • Making cute, little paper turkeys to put on my table for Thanksgiving
  • Writing thank you notes to people who have been kind and generous to me
  • Being silly with Matt
  • Meditating
  • Carelessly throwing ingredients in a pan, with no concern for replicating the recipe
  • Regularly get into bed before 9 pm
  • Discovering that I have a yet-unrealized talent as an oil painter or philanthropist
  • Listening to more audio books
  • Engaging fully with my family and friends who we are seeing this holiday season

I don’t foresee a time when I won’t be eating meat, vegetables with generous amounts of healthy fats, and some fruit and nuts (with the regular non-paleo off-road into other treats that look too good to pass up!) — but do look forward to not spending 10-15 hours a week blogging about it.

Fortunately, I know the world will not be lacking for paleo recipes. There are hundreds – probably thousands – of inspirational paleo cooks and writers who share their skills with us through their blogs in their cookbooks.

And I feel confident there will be more paleo bloggers every year, as an increasing number of folks discover they feel great eating from a paleo template. I think this is exciting and I’m really looking forward to trying out some of their recipes.

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And at the risk of being overly sappy, I just want to say one more time that really appreciate the awesomeness of every person who has been kind enough to read or comment on my blog. You are the best. Let’s have dinner sometime.

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26 thoughts on “To Everything, There is a Season

  1. Sad face…. but I know what you mean. I spend a lot of time on my blog and writing for the paper. Hummmmm Good luck my dear. I’ve loved your stuff!

  2. Oh no! I just found your blog a few weeks ago and you are by far my favorite paleo blogger- your wit and honesty and conviction are refreshing to read. But, I totally get what you’re saying about spending your time on things that you are passionate about, not just going through the motions of things you “ought” to be doing. At least I have your archives to explore! :)

  3. Good luck with your next adventure…I have really enjoyed all of your posts, and always felt a little like a rock star when you mentioned college friends. I think you are a great writer – a book may be in your future? Hope to see you soon!

  4. Oh no! That makes me sad. Thank you so much for your kind words and support during these early days of my own blog. They have meant a lot to me.

    I wish you joy and time for whatever you choose as your next adventure. And maybe something I cook will inspire you in the kitchen. Take care!

  5. Mary Catherine, I have enjoyed not only your recipes, but your wit…your blog always made me laugh! Hope to see you at CFV!

    • Ann, I appreciate you saying I made you laugh! I’m not always sure that people can tell when I’m being silly. :)

      Thanks for your nice comment now and over the months. It’s always a treat to hear from you.

  6. Your clear writing and wit will be missed from my inbox, but if it means more time to share life with you and Matt in person, then I’m all for it. Thanks for all the ideas and inspiration. JAK

  7. MC – as usual, I love and appreciate your intent and witty, practical communication. I too have greatly enjoyed reading snippets from your head, heart and life and my meal plates are always better from your inspiring, simple recipes and tips. AND, I don’t make time for reading blogs…except yours. So I will certainly miss you in cyberspace but hope for a chance to connect again in a kitchen somewhere/sometime.

  8. Wow! 1) Good for you; and 2) What a weird coincidence. I started my little site in June of 2012, but realized lately that for various reasons (some similar to yours) I haven’t been updating much at all.

    Today, I sat down to scroll through my WordPress “reader” and realized I didn’t see anything recent from your site, so I kept scrolling down and found THIS post! Thank you — It has been very nice reading your recipes, and everything else. Even if you’re not updating regularly, I hope you will keep your site up for future reference! :)

  9. That is a coincidence! :) It’s interesting to hear you are in a similar place.

    It has been fun reading your blog as well. I’m planning to keep the blog up for at least a year or so. I still refer back to it myself to look up recipes!

  10. My Dear MC…this shows you iust how busy I’ve been, because I just read this post. I am shocked and yet I understand all too well. You are a very wise woman whom I respect ever so much. And even though life has me so busy, there is a hole in my universe, knowing that your thoughts and creations will no longer be available at the push of a couple of keys. Please know that I have always been so grateful for your support of our dreams and restaurant; I count on you and Matt being at the grand opening of our second! Best wishes for your future endeavors and please come and visit very soon!
    Merry Christmas and best of everything in the coming year!
    Jami

  11. I recently realized I had not received an email from you in awhile, so I decided to check out your blog. I’m sad to see that you are no longer posting to your blog, I always loved your recipes, but I’m glad you’re taking time off to do what makes you happy. If you ever start up your blog again, I hope your email subscribers will be notified :) My favorite recipe of yours that I tried? Rutabega trio, you introduced me to root vegetables and I now love them, also, you had a creamy chicken recipe (having trouble remembering the name at the moment) that I made for non-paleo friends that they loved too. Thanks for sharing with us, hope to see your blog back up at some point if it feels right to you!:)

    • Thanks Maggie. So thoughtful of you to take the time to write!

      I love that you found a new veggie fave through this site!

      And, yes, if I do pick up posting again one day, you will get an email :)

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