Many pro bloggers will tell you that it takes about 3 years to get into the real groove of blogging. When I first heard that, I was astounded. I figured I’d find my groove much quicker. Four years later and I’m just now finding my groove. The crazy part is that I’m finding it in some of the strangest posts. I actually feel like I’ve found my “blog calling” through my Food Waste Friday posts. This is funny to me because those posts take the least amount of time to write and they don’t have any real content. That being said, they have had the biggest impact on my personal life.
I finally feel like I’m able to fill a niche by showing people how easy it is to prevent food waste. The bonus is that this is a subject that I’m extremely passionate about. I won’t get into the boring details of food waste in landfills today (hang tight- I’ll put together an informative post soon), but if you are interested in seeing how food waste contributes to pollution, check out this EPA website. It’s empowering to know that I can help make a difference in the world by sharing how we reduce our food waste at home.
You may be wondering how I finally had this moment where I felt “called” to amp up my blogging about food waste. It happened over bruschetta. Yes, bruschetta.
I’d found myself with an extra tomato, dill, cilantro and red onion. After mulling over what to do with this combination, I finally decided that dicing it all up and mixing it together with Naples Olive Oil Company balsamic vinegar would work well. To my surprise, it tasted great- dill and all. I toasted some leftover bread from Trader Joe’s and served the bruschetta with a side of homemade onion rings and tempura veggies. Yep, we had appetizers for dinner. That’s what happens when you tend to eat what’s about to go bad.
A few nights later we had a meal of roasted chicken over salad with the remaining bruschetta on top. That’s when I finally felt my calling, also known as vocare (the word vocation is derived from vocare)- a reason for existing. I know, I know. That sounds a little strong! Am I saying that my reason for existing is to use up food that could be wasted? In the big scheme of things, probably not. I think being a good mom and wife top food waste awareness. However, I do feel a strong inclination to share this passion, I actually feel called to share it. Funny, right?
Anyway, I’m writing this post to let you know that I’m going to start sharing more ways to live a zero waste lifestyle. Since starting Food Waste Friday, we’ve seen a huge difference in the amount of money that we spend at the grocery store. We are saving more money, wasting less food and eating healthier. Stay tuned to future posts so I can share all my new food waste awareness tips for you!
Thank you to all my friends and readers who have told me that these types of posts are inspiring you! Those comments make my day!
Have you ever felt called to do something? Please share! Also, let me know how you feel about food waste.