The past few posts here have been about self exploration and clearing out mental clutter. I've slowly but surely been putting this into action and have taken a step back from the blog.
I think what really set it off was scrolling through my Pinterest feed reading all headlines like "Start your blog in 10 minutes!" or "Find out how I made X amount of money blogging last month!" Information overload. Reading these was exhausting, and sucked the fun out of creating for Ariel Louise.
Don't get me wrong - there are plenty of useful tools and articles out there if you're looking to do that, but I found myself relying on 1 website to tell me what I should write about and what time to post it and which social media outlets to post on...and I lost the spark I always had when writing.
It got mundane and repetitive so I really tried to dig into what made my creative juices flow. I closed my computer, and got out of the apartment.
I would've never thought to visit Pittsburgh prior to this, but I was BLOWN AWAY. You find yourself driving through a dark tunnel built into a massive mountain and when you come out on the other side, you're driving onto an enormous yellow bridge into this city in the hills.
The city scape is interesting because Pittsburgh appears to be set at the bottom of these hills, with old homes and factories over looking them. It's an interesting mix of old and new in very close quarters where brown stones and bakeries are right next to boarded up gas stations and half fallen buildings.
We walked "The Strip" which was full of asian markets selling fresh seafood and restaurants with lines well out the door. I picked through the fruits at the open air market and we wandered into the suburbs after touring the contemporary art museum.
This was information overload in the best way. Smelling the sweets from the street vendors, getting to see inspiring art installations, and trying my very first baklava, were all monumental moments of the trip.
The croissants were flakey, the baguette had the perfect crust and the mystery bread had a hint of sweetness that was perfect with our soup last night.
During our walk on "The Strip" right before heading back home to Columbus, we came across a vendor selling apple galettes wrapped in the thickest pastry dough I've ever bit into.
My taste buds ran wild this weekend, and the entire way home we couldn't stop talking about how good our mini vacation was. It's very refreshing to go out and discover. Being amongst new people, new ideas, and places, really helps to elevate any "baker's block" and "artist's block" and I suggest you do the same.
Take a step out from the ordinary and set out and explore. You never know what you'll find, and you might be pleasantly surprised at what you find.