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lemons for love turns ONE!

lemons for love turns ONE!

Is it just me or does time seem to FLY by way too fast as you get older?! I often catch myself asking the question "where did the time go?!" As a kid, I was constantly in a rush to get to the next phase of my life. Now, I just want to hit the pause button because it's going by way to fast!

Believe it or not, it's been one whole year since I started Lemons For Love. One year ago this week, I was in the midst of packing up my entire life - leaving Vancouver, BC and heading to Grande Prairie, AB, leaving my job, friends and family behind and trying to imagine what my new life was going to be like in this small northern town (sorry, I still think of it as a town, much to the chagrin of the locals up here). 

I, of course, was doing this for love. Ahhh yes, L to the O to the V to the E. One man by the name of Nathan stole my heart back on April 26, 2013 and I've been smitten (and head over heels in love) ever since. We are now engaged (come on, you didn't think I was going to pack up my life for just a BOYFRIEND!? There had to be a bigger promise than that of course, and that was to spend our lives together! Call me old fashioned but....) and we are now new parents to a sweet little baby boy named Grayson Peter who was born on December 16, 2016.

The day we had baby Grayson. He came out absolutely perfect.

The day we had baby Grayson. He came out absolutely perfect.

So to say I've been a little busy would be an understatement. Shortly after I moved to Grande Prairie, we got pregnant, so its been a race to get things done ever since. I frantically looked for a job in a market that was foreign to me. I was used to the fast-paced executive marketing world in a much bigger city, so looking for a new/similar gig in a smaller city of 75,000 people where oil and gas dominates, was tough. Luckily I found something that is remote, allows me to work at home AND they hired me knowing I was pregnant. I'm a very lucky lady.

But back to the blog.

I started Lemons for Love with one simple idea in mind: to share my life and the transition I was going through. Like most bloggers, it starts as a passion project where you just want to share, write and use as a personal platform. Because of the massive transition I was going through at 38, I needed an outlet. Something personal, fun and something that kept me busy while I sort out my new life, all while sharing it with you. The inter-web it was. A place where there was (hopefully) no judgement where I could be brutally honest and share my experiences with. I no longer had my girlfriends close to me, so this was somewhat a replacement. But not quite. You get the idea. 

Little did I know that people would even read the blog, because lets be honest. There are like 10 MILLION blogs out there and they all start to look and sound the same. But Lemons for Love has been well received from my network of peeps, total strangers and those in between. I've shared the lowest of my lows and the highest of my highs, but more importantly, I've been able to share things honestly, candidly and based on my experiences

Thank you for reading and putting up with my off-side humour, colourful language (my mother's words, not mine) and brutal honesty. I hope you stick around, but for now, here are just a few highlights from the past year.

Once a branding/marketing junkie, always a branding/marketing junkie. True to form, I love a great story behind a name. This one tells you where the name Lemons for Love came from.

Once a branding/marketing junkie, always a branding/marketing junkie. True to form, I love a great story behind a name. This one tells you where the name Lemons for Love came from.

One of the hardest posts I had to write, but also the most impactful: My story on what it was like to have 2 miscarriages. I received a TON of kudos for my bravery in sharing my story. Looking back on it now, I can't believe I am now a mother to a beautiful baby boy. Things always work out.

One of the hardest posts I had to write, but also the most impactful: My story on what it was like to have 2 miscarriages. I received a TON of kudos for my bravery in sharing my story. Looking back on it now, I can't believe I am now a mother to a beautiful baby boy. Things always work out.

I will always be a Smart Cookie now that I've seen the financial dark side and survived! This article I wrote was published on grow.acorns.com and I share the story about leaving the big city for love...and financial freedom. 

I will always be a Smart Cookie now that I've seen the financial dark side and survived! This article I wrote was published on grow.acorns.com and I share the story about leaving the big city for love...and financial freedom. 

The In Good Company series has been a HUGE success! I am so thrilled to have had the opportunity to meet, know and interview these amazing ladies over the past year. Stay tuned....more amazing interviews to come starting Feb 6, 2017!

The In Good Company series has been a HUGE success! I am so thrilled to have had the opportunity to meet, know and interview these amazing ladies over the past year. Stay tuned....more amazing interviews to come starting Feb 6, 2017!

One of the most viewed posts on my blog, this amazing mac and cheese I cooked from Chrissy Teigen's book Cravings. You MUST try this! If only for the garlic, cheesy breadcrumbs on top.

One of the most viewed posts on my blog, this amazing mac and cheese I cooked from Chrissy Teigen's book Cravings. You MUST try this! If only for the garlic, cheesy breadcrumbs on top.

Our epic (babymoon) trip to Santa Barbara! We hadn't told anyone about the pregnancy yet as we were only 10 weeks along, but we decided to take a road trip from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara. This is by far one of my FAVE little cities - a must visit!

Our epic (babymoon) trip to Santa Barbara! We hadn't told anyone about the pregnancy yet as we were only 10 weeks along, but we decided to take a road trip from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara. This is by far one of my FAVE little cities - a must visit!

Definitely one of my more controversial posts. I speak candidly (and give my opinion of course) on the boom (and overkill) of bloggers who's goal it to make more money from the blog than doing it simply as a passion project.

Definitely one of my more controversial posts. I speak candidly (and give my opinion of course) on the boom (and overkill) of bloggers who's goal it to make more money from the blog than doing it simply as a passion project.

in good company // issue no. 09 // sunny lenarduzzi

in good company // issue no. 09 // sunny lenarduzzi

breastfeeding is hard and sometimes, really sucks

breastfeeding is hard and sometimes, really sucks