"...do what comes naturally, stay true to yourself, and
have the support of your commuter, anything is possible."
California is a place that I have very quickly come to call home. After spending the majority of my life in the Midwest, I find myself in a new city. On the coast. In what seems like perpetual summer. Dare I say it? Is this what I consider to be my American dream? For so long, I searched for something. An identity. A career. A purpose. A place where I felt comfortable, welcome, accepted, challenged. I've only lived in Los Angeles a short time, but I am continually in awe at how "right" this feels. I am exactly where I am meant to be.
The story of Smak starts a long time ago, exclusively revolving around food. I wrote about recipes I made, restaurants I visited, coffee shops that I obsessed over. The past few years have resulted in a lot of change. Smak is no longer just food. In fact, if I am being honest, food often times seems like the least of my priorities, especially on my Instagram feed. Lifestyle and fashion images have now become the norm. Photographs of me surrounded by my babies (aka the increasingly number of plants that I own). Here and there I throw in a photograph of food, you know, just to "stay true" to my roots.
So what happened? Where did I lose touch with my love for food? I don't think it would be fair to say that it ever left me. Life happened. I discovered who I was. I learned about life and things that I wanted to pursue. Along that journey, food was put on the back burner.
I know find myself in a place where I am quite possibly the happiest that I have been in a very long time. I want more. A challenge. A re-found love for food, for creating, for experimenting. So what is next? I am still going to post picture of plants and clothing. That is a part of who I am and I love that. But as I look ahead, at this new year and this new chapter in California, I am excited to start something new. So with that in mind, I have decided to start my own "Julie & Julia" experience. I will be cooking my way through the Malibu Farm Cookbook. For now, it will start as one recipe per week. One guaranteed food image on Instagram. From there? I will let life and the Big Magic do it's wonders.
This week's recipe is something simple: Honey-Basil Lemonade. Sweet. Refreshing. Absolutely delicious.
I genuinely hope that you will come along side with me in this next chapter of my life. Leave comments below, ask questions, give suggestions. Please feel free to interact as much as you'd like!