In less than forty eight hours I will be another year older. Forty three to be exact. Coincidentally, this is also my blogging anniversary. Four years, 1,441 posts, over two million page views and one
midlife crisis rebrand later, we’re still going strong over here.
And I have to tell you, I don’t regret one moment that I’ve poured into this blog. Looking back over the posts of the last four years, I see how much I’ve changed. Certainly there are a few more wrinkles, but honestly that doesn’t phase me much anymore. A near death experience will knock some of the vanity out of a girl.
The change that I find most interesting is my photography. Let me show you some examples…
This dimly lit, poorly shot cake was delicious but you sure can’t tell from this photo.
Another photo from the archives…
Another example of poor lighting and composition. Two concepts that were foreign to me for the first few years of this blog.
This would be the worst of the bunch which is rather unfortunate because it was so amazing. A spiked chocolate bread pudding. Granted, it’s very hard to take good pictures of brown food, but this is pretty ugly.
Fast forward to today…
Now, the point of sharing this with you is not to toot my own horn. I want to show you that change is possible at any time in your life. If I can learn something new, so can you.
I’ve always admired both Paula Deen and Julia Child. That probably comes as no surprise to you, but it’s not for the reasons you would think. Sure, they are both accomplished cooks, but that’s not why I admire them.
I admire them because they hit their stride later in life. Julia and Paula both started their television careers in their 50’s. For sure they were both successful in other endeavors before their television debut, but the point is that they didn’t let their age hold them back.
And I find that so incredibly inspiring, because if they can do that, why can’t I? I’m not necessarily talking about having a television show, although that would be fruit loopin’ awesome. No, my dream is a little less grandiose. I want to write a cook book. Not only do I want to write a cook book, but I want all of the photography to be my own.
It will take some more time honing my photography skills before that happens, but I’m willing to be patient and learn.
So, if you have a passion and you’re holding yourself back because you think it’s too late in life to try something new, don’t brainwash yourself into believing it. Take a step towards your dream. Learn something new. It’s never too late to start again.