Happy New Year — I’m Back

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I woke up this last morning of 2018 feeling excited and loving feeling that way! A new year, new possibilities, new opportunities, new adventures. Evolve. Make more money, be more creative, experience more love and connection.  Lose weight, find the love of my life, write a cookbook and a country song. Live my best life every day.  And revive my blog.

My new tagline is “Inspiration for living your best life after fifty.” The new Carolina Bon Vivant will be a little different– food and cocktails and travel, of course, but also my tips on looking and feeling one’s best and a little life coaching (because we all need a little life coaching).  What else? Over the last few years, I’ve done a bunch of online dating, read a ton on the topic,  and spent hours discussing it with other 50+ singles.  I’ve developed some expertise and want to give back to the universe by sharing what I’ve learned. If that’s not relevant to all of my readers, I figure they probably know someone to whom it will be.

I’m hoping you are excited about 2019 as well.  Forget resolutions.  What are you going to do to make it your best?

Blogging 101

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There is rarely a perfect time to do anything.

My nest is emptying — I’ll be depositing my older son at college for his freshman year in about 10 days.  Between his lovely petite amie and rowdy bro-pack, my younger son is gone as often as he is home.

So while I am not spending a lot of tiBoone Golf Clubme meal planning and cooking dinner, I’m busy doing a lot of freelance editorial work, cranking out pubs in anticipation  of going up for Full Professor in the Fall, planning work/ play trips to Chicago and France over the next couple of months, dating regularly, learning to golf, hiking a couple of times a week and hanging out/ staying in touch with my girlfriends, old and new,  here, at the lake and beyond.

So nocone manor carriage trail, this does not seem to be the perfect time to dive back into blogging. Over the last few weeks though, I’ve felt faint stirrings of those compulsions that drove me to publish actively and passionately on my old blog, Another Marvelous Meal (AMM), for several years.  Admittedly, there were a lot of other things going on in my life at that time that drove me into that blog.  Suffice it to say that when you are in serious denial about the state of your relationship and life, and have hunkered down into survival mode to protect your children, writing a food blog about Happy Family Dinners can be a useful coping mechanism.  While AMM still gets tons of page views daily and has these inexplicable spurts in Facebook follower growth, I can’t go back there.  Hence this “new” blog which has limped along over the past couple of years.

I love the concept of Carolina Bon Vivant — living the good life here in the Carolinas. It’s Charcuterie Rhubarb April 2015not that I’ve not been doing that — I’ve just been lazy, inhibited, distracted, and generally unmotivated to blog until recently.  But now, I’m beginning to again find delight in photographing food and my surroundings, joy in cooking and creating recipes, adventure and passion in my kitchen adventures.

So despite it not being the perfect time to begin again,  I’ve signed up for Blogging 101 for the month of August and look forward to making time to write, photograph and edit, freeing myself from the self-imposed need to create, test, style, photograph and publish recipes and  spend the month enjoying sharing my good life.

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