There’s a million reasons why I have put off writing this post. Actually, I’ve typed it out in my head billions of times, but you see… I’m a slow typer. I think, rethink, delete, and repeat. In all honesty, I felt like it needed it more time. Time to be “rerouted” per se.
Yep. Our life has been totally rerouted since James (aka the Kiwi) retired from triathlon. And, confession…. I haven’t been dealing with it very well. We both have yet to embrace this new route.
My husband went from training 30 or more hours a week for triathlon and racing as a career, to barely squeezing in 30 minutes a day and working multiple jobs. He’s been working hard on the coaching front and is also working for corporate america (temporarily).While we are extremely thankful for the work that he does have, it is not his “dream” job. If you get where I am coming from.
Meanwhile, I’ve been trying my darndest to stay positive, supportive, and optimistic. And you know what? I’ve completely failed. All because I felt a bit lost on this new route, as a wife and DREAM BIG advocate. Putting certain dreams aside and becoming a “realist” led to a lot of anxiety, stress, and hiding behind my work (this blog and more).
Now don’t get me wrong. Creating gluten free recipes, talking sports nutrition, and working on food photography have been a TRUE JOY! It’s why I rebranded to more of a food focus. It gives me comfort to be able to share with others, taking that roll of a “sherpa wife,” in a sense. But I had to face the fact that this new route of ours wasn’t going to be making a U-turn. In fact, it was charging faster ahead in the opposite direction. And if I didn’t change the way I looked at, the way we looked at it, then we might miss a CLEAR sign or vision for redemption. Redemption for our marriage, our future, our finances, our faith.
The COTTER Mission and VISION Statement
Cotter Crunch is a gluten free nutrition and recipe site. Yes, a food blog that makes eating gluten free easy for ALL. But what you will find behind these recipes and words are true passion for FUELING others. You will find support and true nourishment for whatever health or fitness journey you may be on.
I, Lindsay Cotter (Corny Content Provider and Recipe Creator) will strive to keep this blog site a positive and welcoming place for all. I will engage with my readers and show them much gratitude. Because without them, I would not have a job doing what I love! I will be professional and continue to treat this blog as a business, but also not lose focus on what really matters; authenticity and gratitude.
As a wife, I will put the care of my husband’s needs and my needs first. I will be there to smile and support no matter what ROUTE we’re on.
As a Nutrition Specialist, I will focus on the HOW behind food and recipes. How food can heal, nourish, fuel, etc. But I will never forget to slow down and ENJOY a glass of wine.
As a woman, I will embrace my softer side (like Sears) but also learn to LAUGH at myself more.
As a friend, I will always be real but never quick to judge. I will always be there to listen and give you a hug.
Writing our a mission statement for this site and myself has already given me a new direction. One that is simple yet purposeful. With that in mind, I am able to put full trust in whatever plans God has for us.
So cheers to making a CLEAR vision and mission! Cheers to being able to share this space! Cheers to redemption!
Have you created a mission statement for your blog or yourself? I’d love to hear yours!