Inspiration comes from many different areas of our lives. Whether it be our friends, the space we live in, what we do for a living, or who we follow on social media. What inspires us is usually specific to us, a common thread with others for sure, but the basis comes from a yearning within. For me, inspiration for what I do comes from the people around me and my want to share. Funny enough, I’m very private but I’ve learned (slowly) from those around me that we all have something to say, to share, and so that’s what I’ll be doing.
My family (two young adult children and my husband) and I are based in Woodland, California. It’s an agricultural town in Northern California in-between San Francisco and South Lake Tahoe, just west of Sacramento. We were all born and raised in the area and find Woodland to be just the right speed for our current lives. It’s the perfect mix of being close enough to big cities but local enough that you have a corner drug store (literally its name) and you can walk from one end of Main Street to the other in less than 10 minutes. A New Yorker (Queens to be exact) friend recently said, “Main Street looks like it’s out of a Hallmark Christmas movie!” YES!, yes it does <3
If you know me, then you likely know I’m a blogger for VisitWoodland.com. Can you see a theme here, I really like my town! I’ve met so many people through my work with Visit Woodland that I’ve extrapolated a characteristic theme from these folks; Hard workers, creators, risk takers, and a willingness to be helpers. These qualities are what I’ve felt from the people I’ve met. They are also the inspiration for this blog and really, for the life I try to live. So, Cross & Elm, at its core, is about sharing what I’ve learned, personally, from those in Woodland, the surrounding areas and through my travels.
I mentioned we are based in Woodland, but I also split my time between here and Spokane, Washington where my husband works. Spokane has also played a huge role in why I created Cross & Elm. When we made the move I scoured Instagram for Spokane area bloggers. I figured they would be able to help direct me on where to shop, where to get the best coffee, and give me a general feel for the area. And it was true, there is no shortage of information. I found such a huge variety of subjects and experiences from various accounts that I realized there is a space for me in this digital world, I just have to take the risk and put myself out there.
So, here goes…
Keeping all this inspiration in mind, Cross & Elm’s focus is simple; sharing delicious recipes (from my and friend’s kitchens), learning from subject matter experts on health & wellness and relationship related issues, chatting about work and the things I’m passionate about, and much more. With every post, I want to walk away from the writing I’ve completed and have learned something new, whether small or big. So, my sharing will be thoughtful and meaningful to me and I hope you find value as well.
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Oh, the name of the blog, Cross & Elm? It’s the corner we live on and it’s a bit of an inspiration for me too.