Five and a half years ago we moved from Annapolis, Maryland to just outside Boulder, Colorado. We had no jobs waiting for us, and no family nearby. It was a total leap of faith. To pay for the move we sold one of our two cars, plus most of our furniture and belongings.
We moved into a teeny-tiny apartment. You can see the whole kitchen in this photo of Zoe. She is using the mixer on top of the stove because there was almost no counter space. I put up a bakers rack to hold my appliances, pots and pans.
Look at that smile on Zoe's face. We were tickled to be here.
Ashley was so little! She had just turned three.
At the playground a new friend of mine pressured me to, "start a blog." "A blog?" I said. "I don't know how to do that." "You can figure it out," she said confidently. "You can put your recipes there."
After several of these park days and my friend's relentless pressuring, I set my mind to doing it.
I got Andy to help me figure out a name for my blog. We were listening to the band Hot Chip while throwing out ideas for the name of the blog. "Hot Chip is a cool name. You should do something like that: an adjective plus a food noun," Andy said. "I use a lot of coconut," I told him. "It could be something 'coconut'... What about 'funky coconut'?" "No," Andy said. "That sounds like it's rotten." "How about 'spunky coconut'?" I said. "Yeah, I like that!" Andy agreed. And that's how we got the name.
The first year I think I blogged a recipe every day …and no one knew. I didn't know how to reach people, how to get readers. But gradually I started networking, and people began finding my blog.
Then one day Andy said, "Don't you have enough recipes for a cookbook?" "A cookbook? I don't know," I said. We were still in our 800 square foot apartment, barely scraping by. "I guess so," I told him.
We bought a little duplex, moved in, and published our first cookbook. Andy made new clients, and about a year later we published another cookbook. Then we had another baby, and then another cookbook, and still more clients. With every year our businesses grew a little more.
Ashley has had her ups and downs, but she's doing awesome, and I never could have imagined that this would be our life (smiling as I say this). I get stressed once in a while, of course, but then I let it go. I know that everything is going to be okay. Why? I don't know. It just will be :-)
This song pretty much sums up how I feel most of the time.
"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." —Martin Luther King, Jr.
P.S. Thanks so much to everyone who volunteered to test recipes for me! Sorry I haven't emailed any of you yet—I've been busting a move to meet my first deadline. I will email many of you ASAP!