Dayna Hoskin really knows how to bake up a storm.
~Best Recipes

The Lows are worthy of a blog post too.

So, I know I've been AWOL for.... 3 weeks now! Wow, has it really been that long??

If I'm being completely honest with you, I didn't cease posting because I was super busy and just couldn't find the time, quite the contrary, I have had nothing but time these last two weeks! But motivation to do anything, anything at all, even the things that I love, the things that make my life joyful, and blissful, and happy, and exciting, and well... just things that MAKE my life!

I pride myself on maintaining a strong front for the world, since I was young I was proud of the fact that I was stronger than a lot of the boys, I saw myself as a bit of a badass, and I think this need to appear strong was a large part of the reason why I rebelled in high school, but as I've grown my sense of strong has shifted. I now see being strong as being successful... being a pro-active house wife, an outgoing friend, successful in business, successful in my hobbies, as well as being self-disciplined in my dieting and workout routines. Being strong as an adult is ALOT more exhausting than being strong as a kid.... I should have just stayed an annoying little bad ass!

As many of you already know, when I started this blog, I did so with the intention of offering people a REAL lifestyle blog, not something that's Photoshopped and glorified, but one that reflects the regular life, of a regular working house wife, and these last few weeks have been as real as it gets… but I stopped blogging, maybe it was just because I was exhausted and couldn't be bothered, but maybe it was because somewhere in my subconscious, I didn't want to ruin the illusion that I was a strong woman to all of you. To be honest, I was ashamed of my lows, because they made me feel weak. But last night I came to the sudden realization that by hiding away and not allowing the world to see my lows, I was contributing to the unhealthy and unattainably perfect image of 'life' that this age of social media has convinced us that we must strive to have, the very reason why I was ashamed of my lows in the first place!  This epiphany occured when I happened to stumble upon a post on Instagram, it was an album of beautiful art works by Yaoyao Ma Van As, and to put it simply, she illustrates the 'regular' life that she leads. Sometimes beautiful, sometimes fun, sometimes exciting, sometimes lazy, sometimes sad, and sometimes overwhelming! Her artwork was beautiful, even the illustrations of her just sitting down with a cup of tea! And it made me realize that life IS beautiful, even the lows! I shouldn't be ashamed of the fact that sometimes I need downtime, that I'm not 100% happy 100% of the time! and that doesn't make me weak, it makes me normal, and what makes me strong, is that I pick myself up and I keep going.

Yaoyao Ma Van As ' Warm Soft Gooey Chewy Cookies' 
Yaoyao Ma Van As  'Pick Me Up Mama' 
Yaoyao Ma Van As 'Technically Out Of Bed' 

And so today I vow to bring you the blog I always promised you, a REAL lifestyle blog showcasing the lows as well as the highs, because the lows are worthy of a blog post too!


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