Philadelphia skyline Sometimes I think you need to know when to step back from something. This is something I’ve never been particularly good at. I’m the kind of person who takes on a lot, tries to be everything to everyone and kills myself trying to make it all happen. Maybe this is me getting wise in my old age, but for right now, I’m taking a small step back from Christen in the Kitchen. 

I LOVE this blog. It’s such a great creative outlet and I love sharing my love of food with people all over the world. I really think blogging is such a great tool for people to share their voice with others and really connect with people. 

I’ve always been upfront with people that my blog is not my top priority in my life. I work full-time. I have two little girls with very busy schedules and I’m a wife to a wonderful guy. Finding balance between work and family life is tough enough already. One of the things I love most about our marriage is that we both understand that we should have our individual interests and be able to really pursue what we enjoy. He loves to go hunting and play hockey with his friends, and I think I try really hard not to punish him for going away for weekends and doing those things anymore (Yes, I have in the past, but I try not to anymore). 

So we’re faced with a few weeks of change in our family. I just spent four great days in Philly, feeling energized to go back to my full-time job with new ideas and meeting some truly spectacular people at other colleges who face similar challenges. But now Trevor’s job is going front and center for us, and I need to make sure that the girls and Beau are well taken care of, and I’m not completely distracted by trying to get posts up regularly, etc. 

Other things I’ve been thinking about: I need to take better care of myself. I’ve been working so hard at taking care of the girls, Trevor, Beau and my job that I haven’t been doing the best I can for me. So for now, it’s cutting back on sugar, wine and my other vices and really doing what’s best for me (working out more and cooking healthy, delicious meals). 

Sorry for this being so long and rambling, but quite simply, my family needs me right now, and they will always be my top priority. I’m not going to fall off the face of the earth, and you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with what we’ll be doing. So, for now, it’s see you around.