Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Oh, the Things I've Learned & the Places I've Been

Wow! I can't believe it's been so long since I've rummaged through this little corner of the blogosphere. If the amount of dust and debris left in the wake since my last appearance were to actually materialize, I'd be choking, wheezing, and reaching for my inhaler. 

Do blogs even exist anymore?  

One thing for certain is that it's been so long since my last blog post, or since I first started this blog back in 2009, I'm not the same person anymore. In the span of my absence, I've moved at least five times. I've had seven or eight different jobs. (Like in-home cooking lessons and working on the 2018 elections, just to name a few.) And I encountered a few struggles along the way. Oh, have there been struggles! Sometimes I felt so overwhelmed by my struggles, that I wasn't sure I'd make it through. Yet somehow, by the grace of God, I survived. Therapy helped too. A lot! 

I'm still me at my core, yet I feel like I'm more me than I've ever been. It was through the aforementioned struggles that I've discovered who I am. I know what I want out of life, I know what I like and don't like, what I'm willing to tolerate, and what I won't. I've learned to reach out and ask for help. And most importantly, I've learned to advocate for myself and set boundaries, which for a recovering people pleaser like myself has been a huge game-changer. No is a powerful word and it can be a complete sentence too.

I've also realized that I need a hobby. A creative outlet for my musings. Something other than retail therapy. And writing fulfills those needs for me. So, here I am. It's 2023. I'm livin' it up in L.A. I'm pushing fifty. And... I'm a grandma!

Life is ever-changing and I'm just here to enjoy every twist and turn no matter how bumpy the ride may get. So stick around and let's see where this adventure takes us. 


  1. Hang in there girl - ! I lost track of you for some years and I stumbled upon one of your recipies that ihd PDFed today... Back then there was no insta! as i searched more I finally found your blog, and you just updated it! Stay strong and im certainly going to but a couple of your books ( that I had no Idea that existed). Ill say a little prayer for you and please keep us posted... Your recipies make me feel like I can cook like I used to living in mexico because you always have the right amout of non mexican ingredients to sub up here in Texas. Big Hugs! Congratulations on being a grandma- <3

    1. Hi Miss Munoz! Thank you so much for stopping by. I'm so glad you're still enjoying my recipes. Hopefully one of these days I'll dust off the cocina blog too.