Raise a Glass! Ginger Lime Fizz and a New Blog!

Today I headed to the local coffee shop downtown to work on some writing and build next week’s blog post. I was delighted to see the latest copy of Albuquerque The Magazine on the shelf and frantically scanned the table of contents… then furiously turned to page 208, and there she was. There she is. A lovely photo and article about the music work and recent movie score written by my beautiful, talented, and all-around wonderful partner, Carla.

Things are changing. In just a few short weeks, Carla will leave her corporate job to pursue a more music-centered life. She’ll be teaching two classes in the music department at UNM, working on local projects, and continuing to compose songs for various music libraries she’s been signed to in hopes that something will get picked up for TV or film.

I don’t know that there is ever really a “good” time to do these things, or a “right” time to take the leap; and I’ll admit that there is some fear involved with these changes. Carla’s job has been our primary source of income, so we spent time making a budget, thinking creatively about how to save money, and talking for hours and hours about quality of life and what “wealth” really means. What we’re losing in income, we’re gaining in time that we can spend together, or time we can spend on pursuing our passions, and that’s worth as much as money in the bank.

We’ve made a commitment to live our lives as fully and honestly as we can, and that means following our dreams. So this is a first step toward really making Carla’s dreams a reality, and I’m proud of her. And I’m proud of us, and the path we’re on, and the life we’re creating together. And I’m willing to face the fears that come with abandoning stability and comfortable income in pursuit of something much, much more wonderful: happiness.

So this week, I raise a glass — to change, and to life, and to the everlasting pursuit of happiness! I raise a glass of tangy and sweet Ginger-Lime Fizz with Blueberries and Vodka, a summery and light drink with a nice bite from the ginger. It’s perfect for celebrating, whether you’re taking a life-changing leap or just enjoying the end of a well-lived day. Cheers!

The recipe is from the latest edition of Vegetarian Times Magazine. It was simple to make and very, very delicious.

I hope you’ll keep following my cooking and writing adventures here at Buried Carrots. But I hope you’ll also decide to keep up with Carla and me by following our new blog: Composing Kitchen. We’ll chronicle our work toward fashioning careers that support us not only financially but also spiritually, emotionally and creatively. Composing Kitchen will feature stories about our creative endeavors as well inspiration and tips about spending wisely, saving, vacationing on a budget, and more.

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About Karen Milling

Freelance Photographer and Writer with a passion for vegetarian and vegan cooking. Currently my work can be viewed online at my three blogs: Buried Carrots is devoted to colorful writing and delicious vegetarian and vegan food; Composing Kitchen focuses on my efforts, together with my partner, to follow our passions and design our lives; and Karen Milling Photography features my work as a portrait, headshot, wedding and food photographer.
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3 Responses to Raise a Glass! Ginger Lime Fizz and a New Blog!

  1. Ilona says:

    I heard about the article with Carla and had to run out and buy the magazine! Congratulations to both of you on taking that step to follow your dreams. I wish you both much success in your pursuit of happiness! I will definitely be following the new blog. By the way, I have a blog now too!
    http://theqandi.blogspot.com/

    • Thanks Ilona! Your new blog looks great! I love the zoo. We’ve been members now for two years and with the upcoming changes to our lives and income, we may not be able to keep up our membership. I’ll be sure to pack in the visits before this year’s membership expires!

  2. Congrats to your partner!
    And I also made a Vegetarian Times drink. How good do they all look?! Looove your photos from your drink (now I need to try that one).
    I made the pineapple and cucumber agua fresca: http://wp.me/pDTwq-sw
    Cheers!

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