Let me just start by saying please bear with me. I haven't really blogged in a while (personally, I mean); I'm nervous and rusty. Also, I'm used to hiding behind food. For those who don't know, I'm an online editor who has been writing about food since college on thefritteringconch.com, among other outlets. Branching out beyond that is huge for me. It's easy to write about how someone else's food tastes because it doesn't reflect on me in any way. Writing about my life, however, notsomuch.
I promise Not-So-Southern Belle isn't a diary. Rather, it's a way for me to mark my time in the South. Not only do I have too much wanderlust to stay in one region forever (California, I swear I'm coming for you next!), but I'm also truly fascinated by the people and culture of this region. Not to mention, the South is totally having a moment in food, film and fashion.
If I'm being really honest with myself, part of my starting this blog has to do with my motto for the year: TREAT YO SELF, or as my beau likes to say, I DO WHAT I WANT! My move from New York City this last January really inspired me to take a look at life (also, turning 25 will do that to a gal). And part of doing what I want is putting on my big girl pants, and challenging myself to figure out my career, life and friendships.
In these last few months, I keep coming back to Matthew McConaughey's Oscar speech:
So you see every day, every week, every month, and every year of my life, my hero’s always ten years away. I’m never going to be my hero. I’m not going to attain that. I know I’m not. And that’s just fine with me, because that keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing.
So that's what I'm doing. I'm chasing; I'm evolving; I'm living. Now, I'm realistic enough to know nothing I write on here will ever be life-altering or truly profound—and that's OK. With every post, I'm learning, growing and changing. And I hope you'll join me along the way, because I've still got a helluva lot I want to do in life.