Today’s Blogger Guest Post for The Holiday Project:
Liz from It’s Unbeweavable 

[I've followed Liz's blog for a while now. It's so inspiring, fun, and encouraging to read. She's real. She's honest. It's amazing! So happy to have her on Life Tastes Like Food today!]

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Hi there! I’m Liz, and I am honored to be a part of this project.  I’ve blogged over at It’s Unbeweavable for the past three years, and am transitioning my blog from fashion to fitness based, because I’m a firm believer that as you grow and change, so should your blog. By the time you read this, I will (fingers crossed) be a certified personal trainer. Woo!

Why fitness?  Last year, I lost 100 pounds.  It still feels odd saying that.  I’ll spare you the back story, but as anyone who has lost any amount of weight knows, maintenance is actually harder than losing the weight in the first place.  You drop your guard a bit, you have reached your goal…now what?  It becomes easier to fall back into old patterns and habits, and it’s all too normal to fear food.

It hasn’t been easy, but the best way I’ve found to work around the maintenance trap is to focus on health instead of the size of my jeans.  How boring right?  I’m not going to blow smoke up your ass and say I don’t care about gaining weight, because I certainly do…I worked my ass off, literally, and I like it.  Boom.  I almost feel like we aren’t allowed to say that-but I am. Be proud of how far you’ve come-1 pound or 200.

However, I don’t want my life to be consumed with staying skinny.  That just seems like such a wasteful goal-I need something deeper…hence the whole health thing!  I’ve become obsessed with trying new things in the kitchen, and luckily my boyfriend is willing to test out all my concoctions.  I am constantly googling new recipes, hunting down interesting ingredients, and paying close attention to how I feel after I eat something.

A few of my favorites as of late?  Unrefined coconut oil (also great for skin!), juicing (kale and ginger are two of my faves), almond flour (incredible for baking) and psyllium husk (umm…gets things movin!)

The journey of weight loss doesn’t end when the scale hits a certain number.  It’s a constant evolution-one that humbles me every single day. The most important thing I’ve learned, and this is embarrassingly new to me, is that food is not the enemy.

What is your favorite healthy yet oh my gosh delicious food?

“The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything.” – Frank Sinatra

When I was at the Foodbuzz Food Blogger Festival, the Saturday morning panel was a wonderful way to start the day. Kath, Sarah, Joy, Tracy, and Jessica were such amazing panelists and really opened up my eyes even more to the world of food blogging. Before this festival, I was pretty much on my own. When I first started my blog, I was the only blogger I knew. Slowly through this experience, I have met many other bloggers and it has been such a fun adventure. Really, it was quite a random choice and to this day I can’t really explain why I started a food blog. Actually, yes, I can. I knew I needed a hobby and I knew it needed to be something that I actually enjoyed and wouldn’t wind up as a chore that I would eventually want to throw to the wayside.

It took me a while to decide what that was though. I wanted to do something with food but whether that had anything to do with an online presence or just a weekly meal for myself was still undecided at that point. When I finally made the choice to try blogging again, I knew I couldn’t do it half-assed. I committed, and although that committment has teatered here and there, my blog is still breathing.

The issue is, though, that sometimes it’s hard to breathe. It’s hard to keep a steady breath when everything around you is constantly moving and you must learn how to stay on your toes. But I think that’s also why it’s so exhilarating.

Many friends and readers constantly ask me how I keep up with my blog. I’ve always tried to explain it as best as I could but after this festival, it was calming to find that all fellow bloggers share that same feelings that I do, no matter how long they have been blogging, how popular their blog is, or what their lifestyle is like.

With anything, it all comes down to hard work, dedication, passion, and drive. If you’re passionate enough about it, you’ll keep with it. If you’re not, it will also show. As Joy put it nicely, “You just don’t sleep as much!” SO TRUE!! I also started timing things differently, or thinking about how I could incorporate upcoming events into the blog. Sometimes, I strayed and let myself take a break from blogging. But I always came back. Strange as it sounds, and as much time as this little baby takes up, I still enjoy it to the moon and back.

It’s my outlet, my storyboard. I am happy to share everything with 1 reader or with 1,000 readers–as long as I am happy with it, that’s all that matters.

It’s soothing, really.

So let’s all find that drive–drive stemming from whatever you feel is best for you, drive for your passion and how much you want it, and drive for deliverance. Don’t just say you’re going to do it. DO IT! START IT NOW. NOW. Take a bite out of life. Immerse yourself in your passion. That’s how I started this blog. I tossed around the idea for weeks, and then I finally just signed up and made it live so I had no excuses.

And in the end, it’s just a blog. Some people don’t even like blogging/bloggers. But I do. And I know there are things everyone wants to do but never does, or “never has enough time to do”. Well, you do have time. If you really want it, you will make time. What have you been wanting to do that you’ve been putting to the wayside? Exercise? Diet? Financial savings? Take a couple hours out of your day tomorrow, make some tea, sit down, eat a cookie, and just plan it—to the extent that you are willing to take it to of course. Don’t overwhelm yourself, just do enough so you stay passionate about it and don’t end up resenting it. You will feel so much better, I promise.

Drive, just drive. You can do it. I believe in you. Let’s do it together.

Happy Saturday! :)

 

More musings while I keep on keeping on with this apartment hunt!

Pic Taken in the Russian Hill District in San Francisco

Things I’ve learned in the past couple of weeks while in limbo:

1. When you stay with friends, they are amazingly hospitable and make you delicious dinners!! (Beer mac and cheese or ribs, anyone?!) Yep, I am one lucky girl.

2. When you wander neighborhoods to check out the area for potential apartments, you often black out and find yourself in a store buying stuff you don’t really need, like a new book. Or three. Every time. Somehow, I’ve ended up with about 10 new books in the last couple of weeks! How did that happen?!?! I’m currently reading this book, and it’s. so. funny.

3. Inflatable inner tubes make great camping chairs when you forget to bring real chairs. Oh, and camping comes in handy when you’re between apartments :) Just look at how comfy we are…whee!!

 

4. I’ve rekindled my love for Yerba Mate and drink it frequently to tame my urges for coffee (I’ve had WAY too much coffee lately). Yerba mate is so delicious, and I don’t feel guilty drinking it all the time.

 

5. This is an awesome and quick breakfast:

6. Since I’m constantly driving from city to city, books on CD are great ways to make the drive go by quickly. (Catch-22 narrated is almost as entertaining as reading the book over again…) Oh, and also playing the “pick a random CD from your cd case and play the whole thing” game works really well too.

7. The only way to stay sane when not able to cook ANYTHING is to drool (A LOT) over food pictures on Pinterest. Like this, and this.

8. Sometimes shooting guns helps to relieve stress too. Especially when you are on a beautiful blueberry farm in the outskirts of Chico, CA. Clay pigeons and soda cans, anyone?

And after, you get spoiled with a delicious homemade dinner with great company:

i don't know why the two on the right are dressed so oddly...looks like they ran through some mud or something ;)

9. It’s also easy to make time for coffee dates to visit with friends you only get to see about once a year since they live so far away!

10. If your best friend leaves for grad school, Skype, Google chatting, texting, and phone calls makes the days away from each other bearable ;)

(And yes, we’re perfectly aware we have an unhealthy and dependent relationship where we need to talk to each other at least 2 times a day, but we’re ok with that.)

See?! We're inseparable!

11. Oh, and this picture pretty much sums up my life:

{Photo Credit to Curly Girl Design}

All in all, even though I’m kind of in limbo right now, life is pretty awesome :)

P.S. I just officially registered for FoodBuzz’s Food Blogger Festival in San Francisco!! Who else is going?

P.P.S. I’m high-tailing it outta here for some fun in the sun! Can you guess where?! First person to comment and guess correctly will get a postcard from me! Pictures to come soon :)

 

 

I have no kitchen right now to whip up tasty treats or savory meals, so I have decided to share with you my thoughts! Bear with me, all, it’s been a crazy three weeks! I’ve been apartment hunting, and man, does it take a lot out of you. But fear not, once I find the perfect apartment and wonderful kitchen, I will be back in full swing! After all, what’s life without a little change and adventure, right?!

But for now, all I have to offer is the insight I’ve learned and discovered within the past three weeks :) Here it goes…

Boston, MA. Madison, WI. Japan. Brooklyn, NY. Santa Barbara, CA. Germany. Eugene, OR. Sonoma County. India. Los Angeles, CA. South Africa. Davis, CA. Korea. Canada. San Diego, CA. Vietnam. Hawaii. New Zealand. San Francisco, CA.

These are only some of the places where my friends and family currently call home. It’s incredible, really. We all started out in the same area and within a span of 5 years, we’re all scattered across the globe! What’s also amazing is the fact that no matter what part of the world my friends/family are in or where I am currently, I have managed to stay in touch with almost all of them. And although I’m in transition, trying to find a place of my own to call home, the people around me truly make me appreciate life and all it has to offer. Plus, this week has been especially special because I got to see and visit with 4 of my close friends that live outside the Northern California region!! And with everyone’s support and encouragement in the past month, I feel ready to conquer this new goal, this new chapter, and this new city.

However, since I’ve started the search for a place in the wonderful city of San Francisco, there have been a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions: Is this where I should be? Will I truly be happy here? How will I afford it? There’s no where else I want to be right now. I know I’m going to love it. Why are all the closets so small here?!?!? I need the change in scenery, and SF is perfect. But am I really ready to go from 98 degree weather and wearing shorts everyday to the foggy Bay Area weather where I’m sure I’ll need 4 coats when I walk outside? I love the city! This is the perfect place to start the next chapter in my (post-college) life. Yep, this is definitely right. It feels right. I truly believe I am making the right choice. Rinse and repeat all those thoughts again.

I’ve been graduated for over a year now but bought some time by staying in Davis another year after being offered a great job opportunity. But now it’s time to take a risk, trust my instincts, and take that leap. So as I keep the mantra, “I won’t back down,” (from the wise Tom Petty) humming in the back of my mind, I refuse to back down, especially when striving for my goals, happiness, and contentment. It’s simple, you just have to work hard to get where you want to be.

So here I am, in a coffee shop in San Francisco, sitting across from a cute, old man in suspenders and round spectacles sipping on his foamy drink, between apartment showings, hoping for the best, and knowing that soon enough, I’ll get to where I want to be. :)

More reflections and thoughts to come soon…because I can’t cook! Ugh!! Thanks for reading but more importantly bearing with me, wonderful readers :)

 

So now that my blog has successfully moved over from wordpress.com to a new host, I’m still moving. Physically, that is. To a new city!

Frankly, it’s exhausting, especially because I hate packing and moving. I wish I could be cooking away right now but instead, I’m trying to convince myself which pots and pans I should keep and which I should donate.

I am very excited to be moving though and can’t wait to begin this next chapter in life (more on that in the next post). It’s all very bittersweet. So for the time being, you may not hear from me for about a week (give or take a couple days) so I can get through my move smoothly!

Can’t wait to tell you all about it, so stay tuned, you lovely readers :)

In the meantime, these quotes express how I’m feeling right now–curious about the world ahead of me…maybe you can relate to them too…

Cheers :)

 One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. 

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. - Carl Sagan

If we couldn’t laugh, we’d go insane. - Robert Frost

Logic will get you from A to Z. Imagination will get you everywhere. – Albert Einstein

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. – Harriet Tubman

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