He’s lucky he’s cute.

Not only does Mr. Man love fish tacos, but he refuses to eat guacamole. I worry about this one.

It was almost a dealbreaker, folks. But then I realized that meant there was more guac for me, and all was right in the world πŸ™‚

Breakfast was a foray into the farmer’s market goodies – ultra ripe strawberries and blueberries smothering my blueberry optima and almond milk (natch).

The epitome of summer breakfasts…can’t believe we’re halfway through August though!

I’m a runner. That’s usually the first thing out of my mouth when someone asks me about my hobbies.I tell them that one day I want to run a marathon just to prove that I can.

These past two weeks, though, I’ve run once, for about two miles -if that. I haven’t had the drive to do so, and being in “I’m on vacation, I’ll do as I damn well please” mode, I haven’t pushed myself to run when I honestly got no pleasure out of the one meager attempt at my mum’s house.

Now that I’m back home with access to my trail of choice, I haven’t exactly jumped onto the pavement.

At first I wondered if that means I’m no longer a runner, seeing as the passion isn’t there. Then I realized that just because the passion isn’t there right now doesn’t mean it’ll never be there again, or that I can’t casually run here and there until I’ve got that motivation back. I’m giving myself permission to just do what feels best for my body when it feels right and set the labels aside.

Have you ever experienced a lapse in passion for one of your hobbies and decided to shelve it for a while? Have you found yourself coming back to it?


18 Comments on “He’s lucky he’s cute.”

  1. I am a runner too! Though I have never really gone into a slump, I have with one of my other hobbies… reading. I used to get so absorbed in a good book that I could read for hours. Then when I got to high school and had required reading, it became less fun. I always pick it back up in the summer though when I can choose my own book. Like right now, I’m reading Eat, Pray, Love and it’s sooooo good! Don’t worry girl, sometimes when you take a break from a hobby you come back loving it twice as much because you forgot how much you missed it.

  2. Lindsay says:

    I’m currently experiencing a lapse in passion for cooking and taking food pictures! Just perfect for a food blogger, right? I’m currently in transition between jobs, and I’m staying for a month at my parents’ place before my next job starts in a couple weeks. As a result, I’ve felt like I’m on vacation and have been pretty lazy about something I generally enjoy. Oh well. I’m sure the inspiration for cooking will come back soon enough. In the meantime, I’m probably losing readers as I ramble on about non-food related things in my blog. Lol….

  3. Neen says:

    I too, am a runner, and i too have run ummmmm…..once in the past fortnight, i’m gearing up to my wedding in November and on the final push for the final inches off, so insanity is taking over my life, as i figure that will get me results faster than running, i feel sooo guilty not running, but my priorities have changed for the time being, thats not to say i wont pound the tread mill on honey moon and wont delve head first back into the pavements on my return from honeymoon! we’ll see! sometimes our priorities or passions change, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse and sometimes for ever and sometimes for “for now”, whatever it is, roll with what you feel like just now, dont force it or it’ll become a chore and thats a sure fire way to wind up hating something!

  4. I’ve always enjoyed running, but have never been one of those 10 mile runners. I did a lot of running for field hockey in high school, but didn’t really pick it up again until this past summer. In DC, there are so many great sites around that running is one of the best ways to get out there and enjoy the views. When I was younger, I took piano lessons but gave it up when I didn’t feel passionate about it anymore. But then, after a few years in college, I took a summer to find myself – which included taking the piano out again and re-teaching myself a few songs. It felt good to bring back those relaxing childhood memories.

  5. What a great question!!

    I used to really be passionate about writing poetry, but I haven’t done it in about a decade. I hope I come back to it one day.

  6. I am a runner who has completed a marathon and is training for another one and I frequently get a “lapse in passion”. Running is my passion and a huge part of my life, but often I just need a break. I think this is totally normal and if we didn’t take breaks in the things we love then we wouldn’t appreciate them as much when the passion returns!

  7. kbwood says:

    I used to define myself as a runner but now i just say I am really active!! I LOVE to lift weights and do fun classes now πŸ™‚
    But I mainly define myself as a Jesus lover- thats what I want to be known for!
    LOVE your summer breakfast!

  8. Definitely know what you mean! I was in a running slump for… umm, 5 years! haha
    I ran track pretty seriously all through high school and after my freshman year of college…I just stopped. No reason, nothing was stopping me..I just didn’t do it anymore! I have dabbled in running over the past year now and am finally slowly getting back into it! I ran 2 miles yesterday and 3 today… so we’ll see where this goes!

  9. I think it’s totally normal to go through “passion lapses.” Sometimes we lose our passion or our excitement for something b/c we’ve been doing it so much or for so long that it becomes routine. Actually, as other commenters have mentioned, I think that stepping away from a passion is probably necessary every now and then to keep the interest alive. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? πŸ˜‰

  10. Faith says:

    Lol, more guac for you is a good thing! (That’s kind-of how I felt when my hubby told me he hated cheese and dark chocolate. πŸ˜‰ )

    I have absolutely experienced a lapse in passion. Most of the time it’s just a passing phase, but the thing I noticed is that if I try to force it on myself, it takes all the fun out. As time passes though, I usually come to miss it. πŸ™‚

  11. That definitely happens to me. One of my biggest passions is learning languages, but sometimes I get a little burned out and I don’t do it much for a couple of months. I also get that way with finding and cooking new recipes. Sometimes I’m obsessed, and other times I just want to eat the same things over and over.

  12. tastyandtrim says:

    I definitely have experienced a lapse of passion in the past! I played volleyball from 3rd grade to my sophomore of highschool and even played in a competitive league year-round. I was a good player and worked hard but decided one day that it didn’t make me as happy as it used to and did not continue to play in highschool. I loved the sport but was no longer happy playing in a competitive atmosphere. I ended up assistant coaching my younger sister’s volleyball team and was able to revisit my passion through doing so πŸ™‚

  13. Natalie says:

    for awhile i gave up writing… even though it was one of my passions. i didnt intentionally give it up, i just couln’d t bring myself to write even though i had so many thoughts to pour out. ive been doing some writing exercises lately though and trying to be more intentional about it, but at the same time, trying to write at least a page of stream-of-consciousness per day to keep my thoughts flowing.

  14. Krista says:

    Running is something that I break up and get back together with quite often. Every now and again my body just digs its heels in and says enough is enough, I will hurt all over until you stop running. Then just as suddenly the urge comes back. It used to freak me out but now I just go with it.

  15. I’ve been REALLY bad at keeping up with hobbies, especially sporty ones and did not have any regulars ones until January 2010. People do change when they find something they love, that’s how it was (is) for me πŸ™‚

    There are many things my boyfriend doesn’t like, but I do and I always think positive that then there is more for me πŸ˜‰

  16. keephangingon says:

    Hey, that’s a great post, and great question! Yeah I’ve DEFINITELY experienced lapses in my hobbies. I used to be a runner since 13, and I got more and more competitive, focused and determined as the years passed. Running became more and more about clocking faster times, chasing down competitors, moving up positions, medals, recognition, etc. It stopped becoming something that I did for fun. Every run had to have a purpose. And my enjoyment spiralled waaaay down, and I took a break from it for two years. Then I picked up cycing, and the same thing happened. Sucks! I think when we get too obsessive about any one thing, and define ourselves in terms of it, e.g, “I’m a food blogger”, “I’m a runner”, then we lose enjoyment of it, and lose sight of why we really did it in the first place.

    Anyway, I love reading your posts. You’re so funny! Haha and I can’t believe your man dislikes guacamole. HOW CAN ANYONE DISLIKE GUACAMOLE!!!!?

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