This year I haven’t spent much time on Real Food Pledge, which I feel so guilty about! I love creating new recipes and putting them on this website for you to enjoy, but my life as a family lawyer has taken priority over the past couple of years and in particular throughout this year.
Real Food Pledge has been a wonderful joy in my life for the past 4 years and I have met so many passionate people, not to mention I have had the pleasure of authoring two cookbooks and learned a bunch about blogging.
A lot of you probably didn’t know that I was a family lawyer, I don’t share it because you don’t visit this website for that. You come here to find inspirational, healthy recipes of which I must say have been far and few between in 2017.
I love my career as a family lawyer and I really enjoy running my law practice on the Gold Coast. The firm named Caldwell Family Lawyers is a thriving hub of 10 team members where we help people to walk through their separation journey. It is very demanding but it is also very rewarding. I must admit at times I have felt quite torn between my passion for Real Food Pledge and my passion for my life as a family lawyer an my firm Caldwell Family Lawyers.
The change in my life came about two years ago when I went through my own separation…. It was a surprise. It kind on went like this… ‘surprise, I don’t want to be married anymore!’ My response was pure shock for the first 6 weeks or so. I am very practical and of course as a family lawyer, knew all the in’s and out’s of the law, however none of that prepares you for your own grief. Once I accepted the outcome of my marriage and that it was at an end, I put in place all that I needed to both physically and emotionally get on with my life. Which I did! Part of that was to spend more focus and energy on my business Caldwell Family Lawyers, because after all, that was how I was going to continue to support myself and kids.
After the end of my marriage, the truth is that my creative juices as well as my need to cook were just not there. Cooking for myself and the kids became a very quick chore, which it hadn’t been in the past. I wasn’t inspired to create or ponder recipe ideas and I became very focused on other things like making sure the kids and I were happy, my business and more than ever helping my family law clients. Through my divorce experience I know first hand what other challenges clients face and believe me, it is not an easy process for anyone. If you have been through a divorce I am sure you will agree that it is challenging.
This year I have been very focused on the law practice and making it better than ever before. We have moved to a new, amazing, office which instead of having a reception area it has a cafe kitchen! My love of food has made it’s way into the firm, which I am very happy about! I think that our clients and the team also love the cafe kitchen. This space is designed to help clients feel comfortable and relaxed. They can read the paper, grab a coffee and take a breather from the challenges, even just for a moment.
Life has many challenges, but I truly believe that rocky roads lead to beautiful destinations. My life is happier and more vibrant than ever. I encourage anyone that is going through a tough journey to focus on the good in your life. Moving forward in a positive way is the best thing that you can do for yourself and the people around you.
You can check out Caldwell Family Lawyers here.