The past few months blogging have been a bit sporadic. I’m the type to stick her head in the sand and hope things pass. They never do and eventually I have to confront them.
I haven’t been my usual over-sharing self. Not because I was hiding how I felt but I was still working through it. When I wrote The Year of Focus I shared that I wanted to simplify things in my life. I streamlined work, decided to travel less and also confessed I’m in a relationship.
I’m really happy.
I haven’t been writing because I’ve been loving life in Toronto, connecting with friends and joyful to be in a relationship so amazing and something (to be honest) I never thought I’d have.
But where does this leave Bacon is Magic? What’s next for the bacon girl who left a relationship to wander the world, balancing travel with an ever growing waistline? That’s what I’ve been contemplating for the last few months.
A while ago I shot this how to poach an egg video with Chef Rouge. I was practically embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know how and so the simple act of him showing me turned into a video.
And then it clicked.
I’m approaching my four year anniversary of leaving my old life. The one where I worked in an office from 9-5, stayed in a long-term relationship that was never going to go anywhere because I was afraid I wouldn’t find someone else, more afraid to buy furniture from anywhere but Ikea because I needed to feel like one day I could escape if I wanted to.
And I did.
Much has changed in the last four years. I evolved from someone who falsely appeared outwardly confident to someone who was on the inside as well. I found security in admitting self-doubt. I realized fear is not weakness. Vulnerability is not fragility. I dated great men, lousy men and even men who couldn’t speak English. I made a lot of mistakes and hopefully I learned from some of them.
I wandered the world and somehow found myself.
And so now I’m here learning how to poach an egg. But this isn’t the end of my story. Learning to poach an egg made me realize that I’m evolving and so Bacon is Magic needs to as well. I’m still going to travel. The wonderful thing about dating a chef is that they understand unconventional hours and making the most of the precious little time they have. I have some vague plans for travel later in Spring but nothing immediate.
I’m content to just be here. In the moment. Something I’ve never been able to do.
I’ve been poaching eggs, learning how to make beef heart bourguignon and roast bone marrow. I’ve been exploring Toronto on weekends and falling in love with home all over again.
And so that is what Bacon is Magic will evolve into. My favourite things around the world and at home.
And here is the video of how to poach an egg and while it’s nothing revolutionary it changed my perspective of how the site will reflect my life: with more videos like this, dishes I loved around the world, dishes I love at home.
I hope you enjoy.
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