We’re all back to better health around here. It was a pretty grueling week of unhealthiness last week, but now we’re just left with some residual coughs and a few sleepy heads.
Sickness was the reason for the quiet around here last week. But, from where I sit, the quiet week here was a welcome break. Hold your boots on because I’m going to possibly ramble a bit today. Perhaps I’ll use bullets so as to cut down a little.
From Where I Sit…
- The Willing Cook seems to bless a number of people out there.
- The Willing Cook can be a daunting task to me many days.
- The Willing Cook is a
sourceexcuse for neglecting my family and home responsibilities.
- I am the Willing Cook. There is much more to me than cooking allergy-safe meals for my family. I have shared tidbits of the “more” here and there.
- There are more of us in our family without food allergies than there are with food allergies.
- I have more pictures of food on my camera than kids. My food photography is terrible. My kid photography is good no matter what it looks like.
- I need to make changes so that I can put out the burn out. (Just being honest with you, dear readers.)
- While I didn’t enjoy being sick last week, I thoroughly enjoyed the break. I barely touched a computer for 3 days.
Where do those “bullets” leave me as The Willing Cook? I don’t know. I’m praying about it.
Things that I do know…
We enjoyed an amazing concert this past weekend, Derek Webb & Sandra McCracken, in a tiny coffee shop. It was an evening that I had only dreamed to have the pleasure to enjoy. It was every bit as sweet as I had hoped. One thing that has stuck with me from the show was an audience question to Derek (it was a 75 seat show with questions, requests, etc.) about what sort of music he listens to. He didn’t give too many specifics, but he said that the artist has to be true to who they are as an artist. For those artists seeking stardom, they go with the waves of public opinion. For those artists who have made it big time, they can take liberties with their stardom and produce music that is in keeping with who they truly are. And for those artists who are content with where they are, whether in a coffee shop or house show, they can be true to themselves. He said that is why they like to stick with the small house shows because they have the ability to interact with their fans and remain true to themselves. Being true to themselves allows them to produce art that they are proud of. Derek used to be one of the lead singers of Caeman’s Call — he knows pretty big fame. They are both incredibly talented and could be doing large shows. But they don’t want to.
So, what does that have to do with the Willing Cook? I want to be true to who I am. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t been posting a bunch of lies around here :), but I keep it pretty surface-level, with a few peeks in here and there. I’m sort of tired of working for greater visibility, for more and more readers, for some payouts. Again, don’t get me wrong, those are good things and things that I welcome – as long as they happen naturally. However, I fear that there is a fine line between overly seeking those things (by following all the right blogging rules for greater visibility), and just being content with what I have. And in that contentment, being overjoyed with remaining true to who I am as a person….not a blogger.
So, that is where I sit right now. I don’t know where I’ll be sitting tomorrow 🙂
I am linking up with grace laced mondays, as usual. In keeping with being true to who I am as a person, the Christ of whom these people speak, is all the audience I should desire.