Love…through food (redefining my purpose)
This post has been weeks in the making. I’ve been thinking about the purpose of my blog ever since I went to the Food Blog Forum conference in Atlanta. You might have noticed a few minor changes going on around here, including a small layout change. The most important change to me, however, was changing the tagline that summarizes my blog.
It may seem like a small change, but to me it encompasses the new focus and goals I have for my blog: to show love through food. At Food Blog Forum, Jaden challenged me to think through what is most important to me, what my life goals and dreams are, and to make my blog a reflection of that. At first it seemed difficult. It can be pretty hard to sit down and just think of how to describe your life mission. But as I thought through it, I realized it was actually pretty simple.
I realized I had to first boil it down to who I am and what I want for my life. It is not at all my goal to offend anyone, but I feel like I have to tell you where I’m coming from. As a Christian, my relationship with Jesus defines me. And I know that my mission is to share God’s love with people I come into contact with. As I sat down and thought about how my blog fits into this, I realized that God has given me the ability to show love through food! A friend gets engaged? I bake cupcakes. A coworker has a baby? My first thought is to send a meal. Someone’s having a birthday? That’s one of my favorite reasons to bake cookies (or a cake!). I love to bake for other people, and I’m learning to love cooking for others as well. It’s also something at which I’m continually trying to get better.
And most of all I show love to my husband by making him dinner and baking him sweet treats throughout the week. I really think this is one of my areas of service, and one that he greatly appreciates.
So what does this mean for my blog? To be honest, I’m not entirely sure. Don’t worry, I won’t be preaching at you in the middle of sharing a recipe. That could get awkward. To me, the fact that you know the passion behind my blog is important. This is still my platform to share delicious tried and true recipes (because let’s be honest, it’s easier to show love to someone when it involves a recipe that actually turns out as planned). I’m brainstorming some other ideas, like a hospitality series, and I’ll be sure to keep you updated. I’m still defining what it means to use my excitement for cooking and baking to show love, and trying to get better at it as well. But for now? It’s enough for me to have shared my heart with you. It’s my hope that when you stop by my blog you not only see some great recipes that you can’t wait to try, but also that you see a picture of what it might look like to show someone love, through food.