After a tumulus year in Chicago I am back living in Michigan. What finally convinced me or rather what forced the decision to move, was that my health tanked and I began losing weight and barely could get out of bed some days. I needed to be in a low-stress environment instead of constantly fretting about money, finding another job to keep me afloat, and where my next meal was coming from. I moved back to Michigan so I could live with my sister and her husband so I could at least remove rent from my list of stressors and focus on getting healthy again, and also finding a job to save up for a new life. While Chicago was a fun, vibrant, and lively city I don’t think that it was the right place for me at the moment and I don’t think that I was quite ready for it just yet. If I could find a stable and hopefully full time job I could make it but I am not far enough in my career path for that yet. I will probably return soon enough but I need to take a couple years building up a life and a career so I can move smoothly into the city rather than move already struggling like I did. While I will miss the dozen-a-day activities that Chicago always had going on, the cultural centers that were only a red line ride away and the variety of cuisines and uniquely Chicago dishes just waiting to be discovered. While I will miss waking up and running by the lake or spending the day strolling the galleries at the museums or the streets of a new neighborhood this move will be good for me I know, and Chicago is always just a train ride away.
After my health started to come back after a couple weeks I realized that this move will be a blessing for me and my writing. I have always been a huge advocate for Michigan and Detroit, challenging nay-sayers who dismiss Michigan as a dying state with nothing important to offer besides heartache and bloodshed. Being back in Michigan will allow me to explore and expose others to the wonders and treasures that this great state has to offer and I hope people will begin to see that this state is far removed from the sorrid state which people place it. I am revamping this food blog (again) and shifting the focus heavily toward Michigan food and food culture. I explored some of the unique places in Ann Arbor during my college years but now I will have a more specific socio-cultural focus to what and how I write in both the metro Detroit area as well as Ann Arbor when I move back in 2013. I will even attempt to explore the different areas of the state as the opportunities arise and my life permits. While Chicago had a great culinary scene I think Michigan is greatly underestimated when it comes to the food scene and even can hold its own to places like Chicago if given the chance. Even more exciting to me is that there are even a few things that I sorely missed while I was in Chicago that I am excited to have at my fingertips again: locally brewed beers that can go toe-to-toe with any import beer, cheap locally-sourced farm goods, and Faygo over ice cream.
I want to breathe new life into my blog and this move and my attempt at a new life is just the excuse that I need to rekindle my passion and my interest. I am still working on getting healthy again though I am nearly there already, overcoming personal issues, and finding stable employment to fund my culinary adventures. As part of my commitments I want to make in my new life becoming more consistent and focused on this blog is high on the list, especially since I love writing and it will be a great way to pass my days as I keep looking for a job and carving out my life back here in Michigan. I will take every chance I get to explore the culture of wherever I am. If I happen to find myself outside of the mitten for holiday or happenstance I will do my best to find the local culture and report what I can find, but the regular focus will be on Michigan and what exactly Michigan has to offer the food world and what impact it plays on my life. So look forward to the revamped blog and all the adventures and misadventures that I will have over the coming months and probably years back in the place of my birth and the place I most consider my home.