Update: Working on my first cookbook (!!!), hitting my breaking point and more
Hi lovelies, I think that it is finally time for a much needed update! I am so sorry that I have gone completely MIA for more than a month now. As I have teased before I have been working on some big and exciting projects and now I am finally ready to share a little bit more about one of them. Some of you had already guessed it, but YES I am working on my very first cook book and I am so happy, proud and excited!
I was contacted almost a year ago about a book deal, but I have been super nervous about the whole thing, so I didn’t want to share anything until it felt a bit more real and we were close to being done – haha I still have to pinch myself to make sure this is really happening! But it really is and we are shooting the first photos for the book later this week, make sure to follow me on snapchat ‘mokai_giraf’ for some behind the scenes photos and videos from the studio! The book will be called ‘Regnbuemad’ (Rainbow food in English) and as you can probably guess from the title it will sadly only be published Danish, but my hope is that it will sell well and then maybe get translated – or maybe we will be able to do an English e-book version, I promise I will keep you updated on the whole thing! The book will feature 100 (!!) healthy, colorful and vegetarian dishes, it will be available in stores and online this summer (I will give you a date asap!) and I just cannot wait for you guys to see what I have been working on, I am so proud! Haha but also super nervous, I really hope you guys will like it! And that someone other than my family and friends will actually buy it ;)
The book along with some other big projects that I have been working on are the reason that the blog and my social media accounts have almost completely abandoned for more than a month now. I have been working crazy hours everyday 7 days a week since January, I haven’t had enough sleep and I have been insanely stressed. I have pretty much permanently had a big knot in my stomach since January and at one point I just hit my breaking point, the stress was just too much and for too long. I felt ill, it affected my memory, my vision was blurry, I cried so easily over the most stupid small stuff and it was just all too much. I knew it was getting to a point where I would have to pull the plug on a lot of the things I was working on or I would not be able to get back from that bad place anytime soon. I decided to hit pause on the blog and social media (things won’t be back to normal until next month) + some of my freelance jobs in order to get my stress levels under control and be able to finish the book. I am still not feeling too well and it just keeps creeping back (I cried like 3 times this weekend because I was feeling overwhelmed + my stomach is killing me), but the book is almost done and I am so happy with everything so far, so it will be worth a couple more weeks of stress and then I am done! Haha as much as I love this project I cannot wait to have some much needed down time!!
I really want you to know that if you are feeling stressed, then you should do everything possible to take care of yourself and to try and reduce the stress! Stress is not something that should be ignored and endured for longer periods of time, I have sadly learned that the hard way and once you hit that breaking point, then it is not something that is just going to go away. I though I could handle it since I was used to high pressure situations from law school and those excruciating exam periods, but I was very wrong and now I am paying for it. It is affecting me both mentally and physically, but eliminating as many stress factors as possible, eating healthy + getting back into working out regularly (preferably outside) has already helped me a lot. I hope my little cautionary tale will prevent some of you guys from ending up there as well, stress should be taken very seriously.
Make sure to check in again later today lovelies, I have another post ready for you guys and not only do I share mine and my sisters favorite workout smoothies, but also the biggest giveaway that I have ever hosted! I am so excited about this one :D