And here I am.

Hi. I’m Leila (Lee-Eye-Lah, not Lay-lah). No, I am not Hawaiian. Nor am I Arabic, although my name is (it means night/dark/sleeping beauty. And my next-door neighbor’s name is Norah, which is Arabic for light/day, so that is cool).

Birthday in Paris.

I’ve been living vicariously through others, gathering recipes from bloggers for a few years. It all started with Kath {http://www.katheats.com/}, which led to Caitlin {http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/ and http://operationbeautiful.com/}. I also followed Megan, a long lost Internet friend {http://megansmunchies.com/}, whose blog has blossomed so much since she started. Then I stumbled upon Sarah, a.k.a. Mama Pea {http://peasandthankyou.com/}, and another Sarah {http://thesmartkitchen.blogspot.com/}.

Blogs.

{source: http://blog.ning.com/2008/04/augmenting_your_blog_or_websit.html}

I constantly rush home to check “my” blogs. Some people use the Internet to shop, others to catch up on the news (although you really should also subscribe to your local newspaper…and if you don’t, subscribe to my dad’s paper just to make me happy), but I get my thrill from food. I don’t really enjoy baking (I’ll leave that to the hubs), because I can’t experiment as easily. Instead, I love to cook. I like to use a recipe as a suggestion and then tweak it to fit my own foodality (a.k.a. food-personality). I mean, who’s ever heard of a soup that didn’t include garlic?

Christmas cookies 08Spider Dip

So after taking and taking and taking from the blog world, I decided it wasn’t really fair to not invest myself in a give-take relationship. But don’t get me wrong; I have ulterior motives too. I am in the middle of a life-changing year. I’m the girl who is constantly on a diet, or rather, off the wagon when it comes to dieting. I’ve been married two years and almost 4 months.

Exiting St. Al's

In that time I’ve quit my job, started and completed a Master’s program, gone to Europe, bought a house, started a new career and gained 21 pounds. Yes, you read that right, twenty.one.pounds.

L'Ecole

So here I am, changing my life. I can’t do the “diet” again. Because once I see progress, I get excited and dive into the skittles, thinking I deserve it. I have this addiction to sugar, you see, and it is really counter-productive to my goals.

get back here

As a result I’ve decided that I need to live my life, rather than letting my life live me. These past few years have been rather stressful and I’m neglecting some basic needs (sleep being the main one). I’ve decided to let my New Year’s Resolution for 2011 to let myself live my life, nurturing myself when I need it.

Focus.

{source: http://smallbiztrends.com/2010/12/smbs-make-hopeful-2011-new-year-resolutions.html}

I’ve been wanting to start a blog for a few years, and it is the first step into the new life that I live, rather than watch it go by me without taking time to pause and think about it.

Welcome to my little corner of the blog world. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

           

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