Happy New Year, everyone! It is 2020! I still cannot wrap my mind around the fact that 1990 wasn’t 10 years ago. This past year has been an absolute roller coaster- let me catch you up.
You are the storyteller of your own life and you can create your own legend or not. – Isabel Allende
On January 1st, 2019, I sustained a pretty terrible concussion. We went to Urgent Care and I was falsely told that I was fine. I then began a downward spiral that would consume my life for the next year. I continued to do all the things I was not supposed to be doing. I was working as a teacher, reading constantly, working on the computer and staring at screens in general, etc. Every day I woke up with a pounding headache and vertigo that I just could not get under control. It took 25+ doctors and one MRI later to confirm that I had indeed been concussed and was now living with what is called Post Concussive Syndrome. I felt relieved that I finally had an explanation for why I had been feeling the symptoms I had been living with; however, I was told that I would need multiple therapies to get my life on track.
I Had To Go On Disability
… which was a complete shock. Other than moving to the USA, it was the first time since my teens in which I was unable to work. After several months of therapies, my progress remained slow. Over the course of the year, I hit my head approximately four more times. Once you have a concussion, you are more susceptible to having more of them. Unable to give my employer a concrete timeline as to when I would be able to return to my teaching duties, it was decided that it would be best for my contract to be terminated. I was left in a state of thinking “well, what am I going to do now?” The idea of starting my own business had been lingering in the back of my head for a while, however, it can be daunting to jump in and do your own thing.
SiftRVA Was Born
With the support and encouragement of my husband Josh, it seemed the right time to re-up my blog and start a baking business. Baking is my favorite thing. It makes me feel connected to my grandmother whomI lost in 2018 and is my creative space.
SiftRVA is two-fold: one part is this blog, a chronicling of my life, along with recipes. The second part is my business. There is a dedicated order section on this site. I am so excited to jump into this new journey for this new decade, and I thank you for being there along with me.