Monday, May 11, 2009

Back to the Blog World

I'm back! I don't know if anyone missed me, but I've finally decided I want to blog again! I am starting over with a whole new blog. My previous home is still in existence at Mimmsical Creations. Since getting married a little more than six (!) months ago, I have felt I needed and wanted to change the name of my blog. I kind of needed a writing break too, so that all combined to my absence.

My new home (here!) is a fresh start, and a branching out, all in one. My blog name is Off Center Studio. Over the past couple of months, I participated in Circe's Circle with the amazing Jamie and Suzie. We worked on projects, and ideas, for ourselves. My initial project/idea was to have my own website design business. I work for a company doing their website currently. I love that job very much. But, I also have an interest in branching out and doing design for others. We worked through some of my thoughts, brainstorms, etc. I came up (with Jamie and Suzie's great help!) my name of Off Center Studio. It fits! I'm going to take that name right now and go with it.

My project morphed, stalled, and changed during our 12 weeks of Circe's Circle. I put it on hold when we had some major things happen in our life. But, I have held onto all of the information about what I want to do, and I'm going to see where it takes me, or where I take it! I am starting Off Center Studio with this blog!

My plan for this space (as of right now anyway) is to share a lot of things. I have a lot of photographs that I want to have a place to share. I love to cook, and I want to share my process, recipes, successes, and failures. I am also going to join in The Next Chapter bookclub, and will share about that process here as well. As things change in my life, I'm sure this blog will change too!

A lot of things have happened since I last posted. The biggest thing is that I was diagnosed with Diabetes (Type II - and very borderline.) That news hit me quite hard, as you can imagine, and I had to really relax into the idea of needing to make some major changes! Since learning this, about 10 weeks ago now, I have begun making changes in my diet and life. My doctor told me, and here is the really good news, that if I could lose about 50 pounds, she thinks I can reverse the diagnosis! Well... I took that very seriously, and I have lost 19 pounds (as of this morning) so far! I have changed my eating habits by eliminating all obvious sugar. I also eat smaller portions, and more frequent small meals. I have limited carbohydrate intake and am careful to choose foods that have a low glycemic index. Mike has, of course, been totally supportive! Even while on our honeymoon two weeks ago, I did pretty well with the new eating habits and maintained my weight loss!
On our honeymoon, Mike and I realized that we NEED to follow our dream of moving to Oregon. We spent the week in Yachats, Oregon, and we absolutely fell in love with the area. It is the spot for us! We have already started planning what it will take for us to move out there, even if Mike doesn't have a job there! We've been wanting to move for quite some time, but haven't taken the leap. Well, we are both ready to leap now! The ocean is calling us! We're going to listen! It may take a while to be prepared, but we're planning and I just know it will happen!!


  1. Nice new blog to go with all these changes. You will get to Oregon and in a healthy way. Bravo!

  2. This is a beautiful new blog! Love the name and the concept. And I'm sure you'll be living in OR before very much longer.

    And yes, I did miss you!!!

  3. Thanks Tammy and Janet! It took me a while to WANT to blog again. Thanks for stopping by and visiting me! :) I missed the interaction of blogging - although I still stopped by your blogs (and others). I think I'll have lots to share here! :)

  4. Welcome to your new online home and I know your future home out west is just around the corner.

    I love that you are revamping your online life just as you are in real life. You are doing fantastic Tammy, taking on your health challenges as well as your professional ones.

    It was such an honour and privilege to be a part of Circe's Circle with you and participate in the positive changes going on inside and around you. You are making a beautiful Off Center life! I am so glad I could be a part of it.

  5. Yay! Congratulations on your new home and stepping into the world of Off Center Studio! That is magnificent and exciting.

    It's been such a joy to be on a powerful part of your journey with you and to see how much has stirred and to imagine what it is still to come.

    You are an amazing woman, Tammy, full of life, ideas and joy. I'm blessed to know you. And the west coast is going to be blessed to have you call it home.

    Cheers to you!

    PS It's so cool that now when I read your words, I hear your voice!

  6. Just found your blog, so I'm looking forward to reading more!

  7. i love oregon too!!!

    so glad you are back to blogging. I totally want to join that book club!