Like real life toddlers, we're learning as we go, sometimes making great strides overnight, sometimes a little unsteady on our feet, and unjaded enough to try again at least once.
I started out on this journey wanting to create virtual backyard fence, where I could share recipes back and forth with my friends, and although they signed up, the sharing portion never really happened.
However, I'm not one to throw in the towel easily, and I kept posting, and slowly, one by one, Mom's Pantry grew. Someone liked something. Someone shared something. Someone commented. Someone else brought a friend. When we hit 100 subscribers I was ecstatic and humbled all at once. We kept blissfully progressing, as our membership number rose, sharing recipes we loved.
About six months into this journey we shifted from sharing recipes from other pages, to sharing our own. Which quickly led to the creation of two full length volumes of cookbooks compiled from my personal collection of recipes from family and friends and the development of our website.
Instead we've tried to circumvent the impact by creating options for our readers to remain in touch with us.
You see -- for us, success isn't about numbers, dollars or reach - its about impact and finding our purpose. When I hear that something we've shared has helped or inspired someone, then I'm happy. Mom's Pantry isn't just about recipes and cookbooks - its about family -- yours and mine. It's about getting back to our roots, feeding our minds and souls, as much as our stomachs. It's about realizing that together we are stronger and together we can make things better not only for us, but each other.
We all come from different walks of life -- stretching from the USA and Canada to Great Britain, South Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and many many other places. Some of us can afford to buy whatever we like at the grocery store, and some of us have to pinch every penny. Some of us are empty-nesters and others are raising young families - but there's no mistaking the fact, that we're all in this together.
To celebrate our 2nd anniversary I am going to coordinate our biggest project yet. With my naive toddler mindset, I am going to pin all my hopes into it working, as we continue on this path together. Stay tuned for details. It will involve YOU to create something special for US, a special memento of our journey together so far.