I didn’t really see this coming either. My resolution for 2012 was basically to “keep my eye upon the donut and not upon the hole.” Pretty innocuous, up-beat, and more of a mantra to enhance my parenting skills with positivity than anything to do with my food and social commentary. But, here I am, calling it quits, as of February 1st. Going on indefinite hiatus, putting this blog and the @RVAfoodie Twitter account in a time capsule to be revisited, maybe never.
Man, I’m gonna miss it. This thing has connected me to so many people, media outlets, restaurants, good guys and bad guys, the list is humbling. It’s really been my window to the world. What will come of all of my thoughts that percolate up and don’t get captured by my phone? Or the hot-button questions that need asking, that clearly concern a larger community? Will I lose my fascination with food if I drop the exhibitionism? I don’t know. But I do know that, besides the food thing, I have more interests and aspirations than I have time or energy for. And I pass up on so much, because I let the RVAfoodie priority push possibly more important things into the background. That’s reason enough to shake things up, redirect my focus, take inventory of the debts that I owe to myself and those close to me, and hopefully rediscover assets that I’ve probably forgotten.
Although I’m being vague about a complicated set of factors that have necessitated this decision, for those looking for a simple explanation, the biggest catalyst is that I’m starting a new day-job situation and need to give it my full attention. I’ve just ended over 10 years of public sector employment, supporting Virginia’s system of adult education (namely GED and literacy programs). And I’m going to work for a company providing online learning options toward the same goals of a GED credential and college and career readiness for people of all ages. My background in distance education and all this experience with social media makes me more than qualified. Now I’ve just got to make it work. It’s something I believe in, so I think I’m up to the task (contact me at guardjk – @ – gmail if this peaks your interest, or you have connections to pass along). (more…)