Isn’t this strange? Two posts back to back? Well I hope you’re sitting down because I have big news!
Posts on On Sugar Mountain will be increasing to (gasp) nearly every weekday! It’s my last semester at college; and friends, it’s time to go big or go home. It’s time for sweetness all day err’ day. Yes. I just wrote every as “err'” – this is new 2013 Jess and she will NOT be held back by the rules: even if those are the rules of grammar for which she is currently majoring in English.
I know January is almost over. I am weirdly late with these; but I thought with my big resolution about blogging I’d share the rest of my resolutions as well. I’ll be back to food-filled posts TOMORROW (I love writing that) but I hope my resolutions inspire you to have a great year as well!
#1: Strive for Progress – Not Perfection
I think the issue with upholding resolutions is that we are too strict with ourselves. Instead of expecting yourself to be perfect immediately when the ball drops for 2013, why not just strive to be a little bit better today than you were yesterday? And then just repeat. By the end of 2013 you will be in a much better place than you were at the end of 2012, without having starved yourself or given up on said resolutions by February.
#2: Be Inspired
NOTE: These are not my photos. I obtained permission from each of these bloggers to showcase these images here on On Sugar Mountain. Please see the links below each image and go check out their awesome sites!
Whenever I am down in the dumps, or unable to shake that little storm cloud that likes to rent the space above my head, I turn to my favorite bloggers. The storytelling, the gorgeous photos, the fact that these bloggers do what I one day dream to do: they constantly inspire me. And before I let myself think I can never get to their level, I re-read I Am Baker’s post “8 Reasons to Never Start a Food Blog” and realize that if she was rejected at one time, there is hope for me yet.
#3: Make Lasting Relationships with Fellow Bloggers
Why it’s taken me so long to realize this is beyond me, but there are some really awesome people on the internet. Not just because they whip up fantastic fudge or throw sprinkles on everything, but because they are kind, sweet individuals with common interests to mine. So I’ve started to come out of my shell to become better blogger buds with the authors of the blogs I follow.
Miss Baker Becky and I are already hella tight (like I said, 2013 Jess – no knowing what she’ll write) but I’ve really enjoyed chatting it up with Felicia of Cooking Up a Storm, Dish by Dish, Mandie of Oh So Decadent, Aimee of Shugary Sweets, and of course Sally of Sally’s Baking Addiction; so I hope to create even more friendships this year. 🙂
#4: Do what you Love, and Do it with Pride
You will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance”
It’s strange that it took until my last semester at college for it to dawn on me that I have the right to do what I want with my life. Not that anyone has ever told me I should not do this or I could not do that. I’ve always been that discouraging voice. I push and push and push myself, but then I let that little nagging voice come in and spread doubts. It suggests that I should be doing something more productive, that I should’ve picked a more “lucrative” major, questions how will I get a job with my particular set of skills?
Well, it’s time to banish that voice. Forever. My major, my skills, my love of what I do has never steered me wrong, why should I fear that it will now? Why should I not be proud to be a blogger, a writer, a baker of cupcakes and cookies, a lover of literature? My loves have managed to secure jobs, build relationships, and even land an internship in the area I so dream to get involved in.
No more doubts. No more “what ifs”. It’s time to prove Neil Young wrong, to live among “the colored balloons” and to make “Sugar Mountain” my permanent residence.
#5: Stop Comparing Yourself with Everyone on the Planet
This sort of goes hand in hand with Number 4, but it deserves its own number because I am terrible with this. Life is not a competition; or at least, it doesn’t have to be. Like my good friend Jenn once told me “Man, you just gotta do you” – 2013 is the year of doing just that.
Phew! What a long post! Thanks to all who let me put it all out there. 🙂 Hopefully I did not bore you into submission with this one, but I hope you are as excited as I am with these new developments and you’ll stick around! If you haven’t already, please show some love and subscribe via email or RSS, and please leave a comment to share your thoughts!
Happy Baking My Friends!