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It’s Time For a Change

No one gets in to blogging for the money.

Well some people do, but whatevs.  I didn’t.

I started this blog because I wanted to help others going through the Great Recession like we were.  We were broke, Troy was jumping from job to job because he was in an industry that faced enormous lay offs.  I was scared, I had to get creative, and honestly I felt like I was annoying my friends sharing my “tips” with them.  So, starting a blog made sense so I could annoy strangers.  You’re welcome.

This blog was created out of a place of helping, and it’s a theme I have tried to carry throughout my five years in this space.  There have been some missteps, some laughter, some amazing moments, and a slow and steady growth that I couldn’t have ever imagined when writing my very first post.

During this time, I have worked to educate, entertain, and help people achieve my tagline of “living a champagne life on a sparkling cider budget”.  Whatever it is I have given you, you have given me so much more.  I’ve had a few verbal smack downs, and unbelievable amount of lifting up, and support from what amounts to “strangers”.

People, the internet is pretty darn awesome.

Throughout this process, I’ve worked hard to balance my family (both young and old, healthy and not so much), my budget, and a full-time job.  I can’t pretend I haven’t had some hiccups along the way, or things that I wish I could take back, but it is what it is, and something I am proud of.

My high school English teacher made us memorize and recite Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”.  It took me a bit of time, but it’s something I still remember to this day.  Basically it comes down to the fact that we all have two choices to make in life and some times taking the well-beaten path isn’t always the best choice.  But I’ve been walking down that path for so long and it’s so comfortable.  Some days it’s boring and leads me to tears, but it’s like a familiar room that you know so well you can navigate in the dark.

But I can’t pretend this is sustainable any more.  I feel like some weeks there is SO MUCH that I want to share, but the time just isn’t there.  Recipe development, blog outreach (hell, responding to emails in a timely manner no longer happens), and even taking photos with something other than my phone seems like “so 2013”.  And so choices have to be made.

jack

Sarah

:pause for vomiting and explosive sharting:

I have always done what is right and predictable and safe in life.  I’ve had the jobs with the benefits, and even though Troy was off pursing what seemed like crazy ass dreams, I was the slow and steady wins the race kind of girl.  I took the well-lit path that made sense.

This new adventure is both exhilarating and scary as shit to me.  I’ve had a job that was “not babysitting” since I was 14.  Most of those years, I had two or three at a time.  I have always worked hard, and someone has always given me a paycheck for that work.  I’ve never really owned it though.  It’s never been “mine”.  Standing up and taking full responsibility is scaring the beejesus out of me.  If this fails, it’s on me.  And no one else.  And I’ve been running the budget over and over for a year now.  Our lives are about to become incredibly tight.  Again. As in, you can put a grain of sand between my buttcheeks, and I’ll poop out a pearl (hmmmm, business idea).

But I feel like if I don’t take this leap now, I’m always going to find a reason to stay on the payroll of someone else.

And yet as exciting/terrifying/puke-inducing as this whole thing is, it won’t start immediately.  I gave notice today, but I’m staying on at work until the end of January 2016.  You might remember me talking about a giant 18 month project at work?  Yep, it culminates in the last two weeks of January.

Something I really want to do before the “launch of the freedom journey” is to redesign this site.  It’s something I’ve wanted to do for while now, but my computer is really slow and the idea of creating a whole new site when it can take up to 10 minutes to type a paragraph is not my idea of a good time.  But we move on and we slog forward and I’m going to do my best to make it happen.

What does this whole thing look like starting February 2016?  Some ideas:

  • I would like to post more often.  I’m hoping four times a week.
  • I’m going to spruce up the place, make it more user-friendly, and more “legit”
  • I’m likely going to have to explore some sponsored posts to maintain this site, and try to make up for the chunk of missing monthly predictable paycheck.
  • I’m going to have to hustle to connect with sponsors, vendors, and others to grow this site to make it self-sufficient.  What that is going to entail, I’m not quite sure yet.
  • There will probably be some more ads on this site.  Sorry.  We like food.  And electricity.

At the end of the day, I’m scared out of my wits, but am also so intrigued to see where this takes me.  If I fail, I fail, but at least I can look back when I’m old (super old because you know, kale and blueberries) and tell my grandkids “well, grandma tried”.  I appreciate your patience with me as I make this giant transition.  If you have any inclination to do so, prayers and happy thoughts would be pleasantly accepted.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
(yay bitches!)
-The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost, 1915
Addendum by Sarah, 2015
Special thanks to my friend Kat for her great Photoshop skills on the photos!

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111 comments on “It’s Time For a Change”

  1. I just happened to see a friend liked a link from your Facebook page in my newsfeed and the name
    Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity caught my attention. Being on disability and a very tight budget I had to check it out. At first, I thought great I find a meaningful page and it is over. Well, I decided to go ahead and click on the link which led me here. I am glad to find that you are not closing up shop. I commend you for seeing through your commitment to your current job and for having the guts to decide to take the “freedom journey”. I help Admin several Facebook pages, one is the Citizens Action Network where we have 50 state pages and a few country pages along with some miscellaneous pages. I am going to talk with the CAN Founder, Michael C. School, and see if we could add a Frugal CAN page if you are interested. You would basically have another place to share your info. Marc Ensign is another person you might want to get to know, marcensign.com. He has a couple of good books one of which is, “Unbreakable” and it is a free e-book, the other book is called “Be A Dick”, and trust me it is a good thing. Here is a link to a video with Marc https://youtu.be/iAS_acmANy0?list=PLlw9qxNtFom1f4HV2Rta0HEdVqa70daZM and this is a link the main CAN page https://www.facebook.com/Citizens.Action.Network . I am glad that I found your Facebook page and blog.

    Frederick Rick Stralow in Gun Barrel City, Texas

  2. Congratulations! Many positive happy thoughts and heartfelt prayers for your successful transition and profitable blog. Rock on sister!

  3. Sheww!!! You had my heart in my throat for a minute there… So glad you aren’t leaving us. I have learned so much to help my tight budget and how to navigate and eat healthy on a shoestring. Love your humor. I can always count on a laugh from you. I have been known to go back and read posts multiple times because I enjoy them.

  4. You will do great Sarah! I’m rooting for you!

  5. Congrats! I also like comfy things so I can only imagine how difficult a choice this was. I learned how to bake bread and make yogurt from you. Eventually I will attempt canning. I can’t wait to learn more from you…as long as you don’t lose the humor and fart jokes!

  6. My initial reaction was, “NOOOO. She can’t quit blogging!” I was delighted when I read the post and found out that the opposite was true. I check your blog for a new post on a daily basis, and would’ve missed you SO much if you were gone. Your content is more than worth a few ads on the sidebars. So, forge ahead, and know that you have an army of supporters! Jack should be SO proud of his Mom! Good luck and God bless.

  7. When I was 16 I made a friend spew milk and string beans out his nose with laughter. Trust me, it was a heady feeling. I set the bar high then but you have met it Sarah. I keep coming back for your wit, way with words and quirky way of looking at the world. Maybe it’s a Pacific Northwest thing since I live in beautiful Washington State too. I love your blog and it’s one of just a few I check on often. Even though I’m a decade older (at least) than you and never had kids you have a universal appeal. Keep it going girl!!

  8. This is exciting! You have a great blog. I’m sure you will have great success.

  9. So happy for you and your family! I wish you all the best.

  10. Congratulations on your big decision and best wishes for your leap of faith. I think you are awesome and that your awesomeness will only grow exponentially as you fully commit to what you love doing.