When Life Gives You Lemons…

It’s been almost 2 years since my last post and I’m under no delusions that any followers I may have gained in my very short time blogging have been long lost to another bibliophile.

And on that note, I need to add….. it was never, ever about gaining followers.

I began writing this blog because I couldn’t find another blog like it anywhere else. Reading is my escape so naturally, I read a lot. Each and every time I pick up a new novel I can easily find myself immersed in a new destination, a time period and a new kind of world. I don’t just read a book and fall in love with it, I fan-girl – hard.

For a time afterward I have been known to take on traits and characteristics of a particular character in my personal day to day life. Occasionally you’ve gotta have fun and shake things up…. to make life less mundane, if you will. Whether it’s recipes, beauty, fashion or fitness our most beloved characters inspire us all.

I am 100% confidant with my mind, my body and my decisions. If my confidence can inspire even just one person to feel comfortable in their own mind and body then I’ve accomplished what I’ve set out to do.

Anyway, lets make a roundabout back onto the topic at hand: Life.

Fate can be a cruel and beautiful bedfellow when it so chooses. I do believe our fates were chosen for us before we even open our eyes to this world. That may be why I feel the way I do about all those damn lemons…. In my humble opinion it is absolutely true that when life decides to throw you a curve ball, you MUST take the hit because as anyone can tell you- you need to take the good with the bad.

When I became pregnant with my son, Leonardo, I thought I could map out his infancy milestones and goals to my own schedule. Well… I soon learned the little monster certainly had plans of his own!

After a difficult labor & delivery, I didn’t quite adjust to life as a full time working and breastfeeding mother. Like any new mom I struggled to navigate my new life until the day came when it no longer became a struggle but everyday life. I’ve learned in the last year that at the end of the day your best is your very best even if it may not feel as though you’ve given your all to that amazing baby.

When I did finally feel ready to begin blogging again my brother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. My life felt torn in half. On one end I have this beautiful baby boy in my arms and the tremendous blessing of being an aunt to my brothers children, while on another end my only brother being forcibly torn from my life. Literally life & death.

At the end of the day though, life had to go on. I still had to be a mother, a partner, a daughter and a friend.

So blogging took a back seat to the curve ball life threw at me. I now feel that I can manage life again in addition to blogging. I feel inspired again. I am giving a virtual high five to Cassandra Clare because it is she who has made me inspired yet again. Her writing was able to get me out of the slump I found myself in.

I can’t wait to see what the future unfolds for us.

xoxo Amanda

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