I Just Want to Talk.

Alright, I am just going to be super upfront and honest with you guys. I really didn't feel like talking about food today. Sure, I have some new recipes to share. There are restaurants and coffee shops that I plan on talking about. But today, I'm just not feeling it. 

Here I am at 7:30am on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 just now writing today's post. It's very out of the norm for me - typically I have posts written at least a day before they are published. Today? Not so much. 

I was up at 4:45 this morning to go to a SoulCycle class. I got a quick iced coffee with some friends and then meandered my way through Lincoln Park towards my apartment. I took that time to think. A lot.

These past few weeks have been verging on the stressful side. I am packing up my apartment to move next week. I am working to bring you guys new and exciting content. I've started consistently working out at SoulCycle again. The past two weekends I have been in the suburbs with family. None of this is a bad thing. At all. In fact, I am the happiest that I have been in a very long time. Day by day I am learning to be happy with who I am. It's not a matter of being content with where I am at. It is a matter of recognizing where I have been, where I am at right now, and where I want to be. So often I find myself comparing myself to others. To my siblings. To other bloggers. To societal norms. This is one of the most toxic thing you could do. Who cares if I am not following the same path as my siblings? Who cares if I don't have a bajillion followers on Twitter or Instagram? At the end of the day, I am where I am. I am who I am. And no matter what I may think in those dark moments, I wouldn't change a thing. I am Tommy. 

So what's the purpose of this article? Is it a self-indulgent piece to help boost my ego? No. I want nothing more than to stand (or sit at my desk) here in front of you and say this:

Be you. Be proud of your struggles and triumphs. Use these milestones as building blocks to define who you are and who you are working towards becoming. Don't be ashamed of being 28-years old and not knowing what tomorrow may look like. Relish in that. Soak up the uncertainty and allow yourself to live in the moment. Be proud of you.

I love you guys. Thank you so much for allowing me to do what I love. Thank you for following along on my journey through life. 

Tommy