My life changed for the better in 2010. I found myself in the midst of a personal pity party. I had a great, but unfulfilling job that I was quickly growing bored of, I was jealous of my husband’s success in his company that he had started and quickly grew, plus he traveled quite a bit so I had plenty of time alone to let my negativity fester.

One day I realized that I was the only one holding myself back from a fulfilling and joyful life. So I began to make tiny life changes, which turned into tiny rewards. After a while, the changes got bolder, the rewards got greater, and before you knew it, my boring job was gone, I had a new, and completely unbelievable life that I am totally in love with.

I had been craving creativity that my boring desk job was not giving me. I have a BFA that had been collecting dust for nearly a decade, so I started cooking which is the easiest, and most accessible form of daily creativity one can find. It made me happy. I was interested in getting back into photography, so I began taking photos. It made me happier still. I’ve always loved to write so I started this blog, which today is the joy of my life and a point of great pride for me. I’ve never been happier. I made time (even 10 minutes a day) for the things I craved the most, and the payoff has been incredible.

I believe in the law of attraction. Negativity only breeds more negativity, as is true for the opposite. I now live mindfully of the energy that I’m giving to those around me, and do my best to be an example of hard work and enthusiasm for everyone I meet. I want people to know that whatever it is they’re craving in their lives, they can have it. It might not be easy, or come in the exact shape they imagined, but it’s attainable.

Let’s be real though. Not everyday is a barrel of monkeys here at Betsylife. I struggle. I get depressed, uninspired and occasionally bored. I feel disappointment, and frustration and self-doubt just like everyone else. But now I understand that without these lows, there is no joy in the highs.

These days, I do what I do because I love it. There is no other agenda. I know that my enthusiasm for my work is evident, and I hope to spread that as far as I can.

“If it’s important you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse” –Unknown

Currently, I cook, photograph, write, and get paid for it. It’s great, but I’m always looking for some new, inspiring adventure to scare the pants off me, and push me to a new limit.

Whether you’re here for a recipe, for some inspiration, or just to kill a little time, please enjoy yourself. I hope you find what you’re looking for, but if not, please email me at betsy@betsylife.com and I’ll do my best to help you out.

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