Goodbye Faring Well + Hello Jessie May

August 25, 2018

I’ve been putting off writing this post for a while, knowing eventually I was going to need to put my reasoning into words as to why I’ve decided to leave this blog behind and move onto a new space. This isn’t going to be an easy post to write, since I’m not feeling entirely coherent about it all just yet. Its more of a feeling than a set of words, but here we go.

Did you know that I use to have a blog before starting Faring Well? It was super tiny, and just a little passion project I began after I had been vegan for a few months – back in 2012. It was called Made to Create and its still up. I go back to it every so often to read my tiny blurbs and see the food I was experimenting with back in those days. I definitely don’t go back for the iPhone photography, I’ll say that much. However, every stage is a beautiful one and it is really neat sometimes to visually see your own growth. 

When I began Faring Well it was after taking a year break from contributing to Made to Create in any way. During this year I was learning how to make blogging a full time business, it was something I’d heard of others doing, and would dream about getting to photograph, write, and share with others while I worked as a server at a restaurant. When Scott and I moved on a whim to Denver, Colorado, Scott told me to take the opportunity to start anew – no more serving in restaurants. He had faith in my passion to make and share plant based food with others, and supported us through an amazing job opportunity that came his way a few weeks after living in our new city. 

It was through his love and belief in me that I published my first post here, and have been able to grow these few pixels of the internet into a job I didn’t know was even possible at the time. Aside from Scott’s belief, it’s been through your support and camaraderie here over the years that has kept the fire alive in me. I feel really lucky to have been able to share all of the stories and recipes that I have here with you, and for all of our discussions in the comments section (my favorite part of it all). I’m so grateful when I hear how recipes here have effected others’ lifestyles, relationships with food, and happiness. I’ve teared up plenty of times uniting with you through different life celebrations and struggles. I take none of this for granted, and I hope you know how special and vastly important you all have been to me here. 

What went awry? I’m sure you’re wondering why I would leave such a special place behind, and it starts behind the scenes. When we moved to Denver almost 4 years ago, and I began Faring Well, my health was taking a dive. I write about my entire health story on my new site, so I’ll spare repeating the details here. I was unable to eat but a very specific few foods, and therefore began this site creating recipes I thought others would enjoy – but not ones I would necessarily enjoy myself. Sometimes I made recipes that sounded good to me, other times they came from inspiration through other mediums that told me what was popular and interesting at the time. I felt disconnected from the food I was creating, but so alive in the creative process and writing that I kept going. This went on for two and a half years. Only last summer was I able to receive a small amount of healing that allowed me to rediscover food again. I tried to be more authentic in this space, but the standards and habits had been formed. I had built myself into what felt like a well oiled blogging machine, and eventually felt so detached from what I was doing, I had to take a break.

This realization happened last January, when the attention my health was demanding was increasing too. I decided to finish up my sponsored work and take a break. Beginning in March I completely detached myself from the blogging realm, social media, etc. I focused on my health, and listening to my own voice. What was I truly passionate about, what did I see myself being able to contribute to the world, what would be beneficial for others while also being true to me? How could I take what I had learned from my experience here on Faring Well to make sure I didn’t repeat it again?

It took a few months before I was able to think about what I would do. These months were hard. I love working on something, and not having a project or any kind of work was pretty frustrating. However, this pain was needed. It forced me to listen to myself, and not all that I had to say to “me” was easy to hear. I was confronted with my fears, insecurities, things I loved about my passions, and aspects of these same passions that drove me up the wall. I would commit to an idea and shun it in the same week. Back and forth, everything on my mind at once, nothing on my mind at all, it was dizzying. In the end I came out with a sense of confidence in who I truly was that still feels very fragile, if I’m to be honest. There are a lot of patterns to be broken, and new ones to be formed. But the only way to move forward is to take the steps set in front of me. I’ll look back one day on this process and see the bigger picture, but for now I’m living in it and feeling my way through. 

And I felt my way through to a new website. A place where I can start from the beginning with new intentions. To be real, honest, open, and without limits when it comes to what I share. I love plant based living, I love creating recipes, but I also love other aspects of my lifestyle too. Like storing things in eye catching, sustainable ways. Weekly trips to the farmers market, produce prep, and how to store everything. I love simple eating, I love making people feel empowered in the kitchen to make their own decisions, and I love sharing things I find beautiful and life giving – such as stories and travel and marriage. I wanted to create a space where I wanted to hang out at, even if no one else ever came. And I also wanted to think of new ways to share and benefit others, and these will come soon through my new site too.

I trimmed things down a bit for my own headspace. No more Facebook or Pinterest, only Instagram and my website. I’ll be without a posting schedule, sharing when inspirations strike, and pausing when natural lulls come about. I’m leaving behind the well-oiled machine, and breathing some natural ebbs and flows into the new space. I know this will not only benefit me and my creativity, but it will nurture my passion, and in the end benefit others (you) the most. 

And now, what will happen to this blog and all of its recipes? I’ve paid for it’s hosting through March of next year, but am afraid that unless a genuinely decent free hosting option comes to my attention, it will be taken down after that point. I will, however, be bringing over a handful of my favorite recipes to the new site (with a few updates occasionally, I’m sure) as we make and enjoy them naturally over the course of time. I’m considering making a pdf of the site for any die-hard Faring Well fans who ask for a copy, so let me know your thoughts on this – I wish I had a more permanent solution for you – but this is where I am at with it currently. 

Thank you from the depths of my heart for being here and cultivating such a special community with me on these pages of Faring Well. Your support, friendship, and trust has meant everything. I hope we can continue to inspire one another and share life together over on my new website from here on out – I’m really excited for everything to come. Are you ready?! See you over on Jessie May. xx

 

  • Courtney August 25, 2018 at 6:24 am

    I would absolutely take a PDF version of the site! Yours is one of my all-time favorite recipe sites, one that I frequently recommend to others who are trying to (or already do) eat a plant-based diet. I totally understand and support the move to the new website, though! There’s nothing more important than being true to ourselves and our own healing journey.

  • Tomifudge August 25, 2018 at 7:46 am

    So glad you decided to be true to yourself. I find that a lot of bloggers in the plant-based community have started to eitger become clones if each other, or go through great lengths to over complicate food. That’s why I love bloggers like Heidi Swanson. Her voice feels unique and consistently authentic.
    Your posts on produce and how you arranged it, on pantry essentials, everyday non-recipes and how you cook staples are some of my favourite. I personally find the simple things like “how to build a smoothie” one of the best :-) It helps to incorporate daily healthier habits without needing a recipe for everything. I look forward to the new website!!

  • Carolyn August 25, 2018 at 7:46 am

    I loved reading this Jessie! I am in that same space your were not so long ago. Hoping I will get some clarity soon, your honest and heartfelt post makes me think that I too can and will find a new direction. Wishing you all the best and I look forward to following along on your new site.

  • Sus // roughmeasures.com August 25, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Well done for making this change, it’s hard to leave the comfortable and take a leap into the unknown. Thank you for sharing these recipes over the last few years – I’ll get to work printing/storing my personal favourites!
    So excited for ‘Jessie May’ – I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us and you!
    Xxx

  • Kasha August 25, 2018 at 7:56 am

    I would definitely love a pdf! So excited to follow you on this new journey! So great!

  • Sina August 25, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Missed your words! I am so excited for your new side and everything that goes with it. And I would love a PDF of your side, I would miss all the recipes and inspiration on here :)

    Love from Germany
    Xxx

  • Claire August 25, 2018 at 9:21 am

    I think a PDF is a BOMB idea. I also want to say that I stumbled across your site a few months ago from a friend giving you a shout out and have been encouraged and in awe of your creativity with food and beauty as well as your intentionality with responding to questions and the humility behind your words. I am so excited to continue to be inspired by your food and move towards more plant based living. Ps I did really enjoy the giveaway you did and am still enjoying those oats! Maybe there will be away to do stuff like that in your own way to expose people to products you enjoy. Either way I’m a fan of you :)

  • HOPE August 25, 2018 at 11:23 am

    YES PLEASE to a PDF version! that’s a great idea and something i would print and draw upon for all of your delicious and simple/approachable recipes – my fav kind! XOXO

  • Ruby August 25, 2018 at 11:46 am

    I find this so beautiful, the way you have so thoughtfully listened to yourself and made this shift. I have also changed blogs and online spaces several times, trying to listen to where my creativity leads and also ended up with a self-named site that tries to encompass it all. It was the best decision I’ve made because it feels true to myself. It may be less “niche,” but personally I love to read about people in all of their complexity and vast interests that connect in surprising ways. I’ve been following you for a while (albeit a bit quietly!), and am truly looking forward to seeing what you do in your new space! See you there :)

  • Taisa August 25, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Excited to follow along your new journey! Love the pdf idea, would be so great! :)

  • Patricia August 25, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Dear Jessie, I respect your decision a lot! I have been following you for a long time and look forward to follow you as well on your new path. Would love a pdf of the recipes for sure xx Patricia

  • Sherrie August 25, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    I’m so excited for you, Jessie. On to breathier, good-for-you things, xo.

  • Sloane Buschman August 25, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    So loved reading this! You are doing amazing and it’s wonderful to see you expand and listen to yourself and what you desire in your content! Can’t wait to see where this new blog takes you!

  • Emma August 25, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Thank you for your beautiful & authentic words Jessie!! I would love a PDF 💛 I’ve made so many of your recipes for family & friends who love them just as much as me. Looking forward to following your journey all the way from New Zealand!

  • Charlotte August 25, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    So refreshing to see such honesty! Will absolutely continue to follow you on your new site. I would be interested in a PDF if that becomes an option. Good luck, see you at your new url :)

  • Ashlyn August 25, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Yes please to the PDF!!

  • Shelly August 25, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Love you Jessie. The amount of creativity that overflowsfrom your beautiful mind is astounding. Loved reading and watching your journey! Thank you for sharing your life. I’m excited to follow along on the new site and would love a pdf.♥️

  • Diana August 25, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    Aww Jessie!! Sending u lots of virtual hugs! I just discovered u within the last year and absolutely love ur work and recipes. Would love a PDF copy of ur site if u don’t find another alternative. excited to see the new space n hang!!! Xo

  • Katherine_willi August 25, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    I echo the PDF vote :) Thanks for sharing, and I’m excited to keep following along with all that’s ahead!

  • Jackie Lagman August 26, 2018 at 3:14 am

    Excited for your new journey! 💛 You are an inspiration to the blogging community!
    I would love a PDF if that becomes an option. Your recipes are amazing. Best of luck!

  • Kendra Linkletter August 26, 2018 at 3:59 am

    Take care!! Would love a PDF!! 🤗

  • Melo August 26, 2018 at 5:25 am

    Dear Jessie,
    over the years you’ve become a solid presence for me not only in the way I think about food, but also in a much broader way; I can’t count how many I came over here not only for the gorgeous recipes that never failed to make me smile, but first and foremost for the sense of peace I gathered from your writing, a constant reminder of the beauty of life, despite (or maybe all the more because of) its hardships.
    I don’t know you personally, but I’m so grateful to live in a time when people can interact no matter the distance: you’ve truly become a special person to me, and I’m so glad to read that you keep on making changes that suit you, and letting us witness the process is a fantastic gift, I feel. I’ll be following wherever you choose to go and have us for the ride (and let me shout out a big YES to the PDF idea!).
    Somehow, for some time now, this journey of yours has made me think about the way my favorite author, Italo Calvino, describes one of his books, “Palomar” : “Re-reading this, I realise that the story of Palomar can be boiled down to two sentences: a man sets out to, step by step, reach wisdom. He’s not there yet.” The path is what’s important, and to be able to follow that of a special person like yourself is, to me, the very best the internet can provide. Thank you so much for that, I’ll see you over on Jessie May!

  • Daisy August 26, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Very inspiring. honest, and heartfelt. See you on the other side! :)

  • manuela August 27, 2018 at 3:27 am

    I would love a PDF and all the best for your new journey! See you at the new url!

  • Amy August 27, 2018 at 6:23 am

    Jess, This is so gorgeously written and thank you for being so honest. You’re a true inspiration. I have followed your blog for a while and it’s so sad that this chapter in your life is coming to an end, but I know the next part holds many wonderful and beautiful things in store for you. Ones where you can be true to yourself and not create content for content’s sake – although I have enjoyed them all. There are still so many recipes I haven’t yet tried and would love a PDF of the files if this is possible, as I said, you work is inspiring. With loads of love and I’ll see you over at Jessie May x

  • sarah douglas August 27, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Yes please!!! I would love a PDF of your site, love your content and recipes and they will be missed here!!

  • KJ | omnomherbivore August 27, 2018 at 10:29 am

    I’m very excited for your New site :) I love all your little travel blurbs and the things that aren’t necessarily recipes (even though you do make great simple recipes). I burned out hard on my blog when I move and have not posted to it in a year and a half. Posting only recipes felt disingenuous to me because my life is so much more than recipes. I’ll still be following along with you and I’m totally going to print off andsave my favorite recipes of yours before March :)

  • Tess August 27, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    I would love a pdf! This blog is one of my go tos for vegan recipes! Congrats on the new blog launch your post about your health journey was beautiful and relatable ❤❤❤

  • Julia August 28, 2018 at 2:54 am

    Jessie, so happy for you! That you have your harmony and calmness. I really like your blog Faring-well, I adore your photos of kitchen and product shelfs. But all we need to be honest with ourselves. If your understood that you need new place and new blog thats your choice. I’ve checked your new post on faring-well every week and of course want to have pdf file with copy of your recepies)) Have a great time on your new blog and listen to yourself (your heart know what you want)

  • Emilie @ The Clever Carrot August 28, 2018 at 7:00 am

    My darling, darling friend: You have taken the words (and feelings) right out of so many of our hearts. I can totally relate. It’s hard to be a blogger, to remain authentic, and to even admit when your true passion is out of alignment. The machine NEVER stops. I admire your courage to slow down and take a break, to listen to your voice, and to find some headspace (PS: I love that app, lol). Because at the end of the day, you have to be the energy you want to attract and create. But I think you already know that ;) I’m super excited to follow the next part of your journey. All my love! xxx

  • Emilye August 28, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Absolutely yes to PDF :) you are so brave in your honesty
    Look forward to following you on your new journey over at Jessie May

  • Rebecca August 28, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    I love your recipes so much and would love love love a pdf copy of this site! I don’t want to lose any of them if you would be willing to keep them all available in this way (coming out of my commenting shell to say this, but have been following your blog for about a year and have made and appreciated many many of your recipes) x

  • andrea August 29, 2018 at 8:45 am

    Please I want a PDF , I love your recipes.
    Wish you all the best in your new site.

  • Sarah Mathu August 29, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    How Exciting! I am happy for you and to see what happens in your new endeavor. Sometimes starting fresh is the best way to refresh your self. I am definitely interested in a pdf copy

  • Weston August 30, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Jessie, thank you for all the recipes and stories that you’ve shared over the years. I’m sorry to hear about your health issues and I admire your bravery in sharing your experience with your readers. I became vegan after a major health crash of my own, so I can understand how it feels to be so ill that making it through each day feels like a major accomplishment. I hope you’re on the road to recovery and that any experiences that you feel like sharing help in your healing.

    I’m also in Denver and I’d like to invite you to join the local vegan community if you haven’t already. There are multiple groups on Meetup that meet for lunch/dinner at restaurants around town and even hold a monthly potluck. There are also monthly Denver and Boulder Vegan Drinks gatherings on Facebook. The Denver events are on the 2nd Thursday of the month and the Boulder events are on the last Thursday of the month. They’re both casual gatherings at breweries or restaurants, often with a vegan food truck. Feel free to come to any of these events if you’d like, but don’t feel pressured to do so. Please feel free to contact me if you’d like more information.

    Congratulations on the new site and your continuing journey!

  • Maureen August 30, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Jessie,
    Kudos to you for following your heart. I really look forward to following you on your next adventure and I wish you such good health!
    I am one of the die-hard Faring Well fans that would love a pdf copy of your fabulous recipes!
    Much love,
    Maureen

  • Carolyn September 3, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Wishing you all the best Jessie!! I discovered your site as I had just an exhilarating but exhausting career. Now that I think of it, your amazing recipes were he anchor for the pst 6 months, nourishing me and my family in so many ways. I am terrified of not being able to consult your site after next March so YES to the PDF!!! Wishing you peace *

  • Emma Harms September 5, 2018 at 6:48 am

    I am looking forward to your new website! I found this site after my husband and I went completely plant-based in April, so right after you stopped posting. I have gleaned SO much inspiration from all your recipes and they have become staples in our menu! I would love a PDF copy!
    xx Emma

  • kim September 7, 2018 at 9:36 am

    I’m so glad your continuing your journey with the new blog. Faring-well was one I followed all the time and continued to check DAILY for the time you did return. I enjoy your recipes, info and writing style. But most of all I finally had a blog that I new where the local places you mention were since I live in orange. Back bay, mothers mkt , the farmers mkt,(although since they moved to mariners I cant make it as often.) I wish you well and will look forward to whats to come.

  • Please join me over at my new website, Jessie May!CLICK HERE