Happy Four Year Anniversary to The Onyx Plate!

Wow. Just wow.

Four years ago I decided to open up to a world I never thought I could connect to. Well, let’s be honest here. I really started writing it just for friends and family. Isn’t that really who we start writing to anyhow? I wanted to share recipes, Southern family stories, and my love of life. No one expects to end up with gobs of followers from around the World across various social media platforms. From avid Foodies to Nutella lovers alike, they have come from all over to show love for what I do here on the site.

Sometimes, things like this just happen.

No truer words have left my fingertips lately. It seems that this last year has been nothing but things just happening. These “things” are not all bad. The loss of Maw-Maw was what hit me the hardest over the last twelve months. (I still have yet to read the post I wrote about her death.) After that, everything seemed to happen and change.

With reflection on that fact, it has remained important to remind myself that there is a bigger plan with all of these “things” that happen. Life isn’t solely about what happens to us, it’s also about how we handle the situation. Some days, all you can do is live in the present and take things one day at a time. Breathing becomes incredibly important and remembering to “Let go, and let God.”

The most important information I can pass along to you on my four year anniversary of us being together is to not be afraid of growth, change, or taking a risk. Who cares if you fall flat on your face at first…you’re going to get back up and be better than ever. While on that journey though, remember to respect and love others around you. Be there for your people when they need you. Extend a helping hand to someone when they need to be helped up. Love unconditionally without fear of being hurt, again.

This is life, and sometimes things just happen. But those things, yeah, those things can turn out to be breathtaking if given the chance.

"Rise up this mornin', Smile with the risin' sun, Three little birds Each by my doorstep Singin' sweet songs Of melodies pure and true, Sayin', "This is my message to you" Singin' "Don't worry 'bout a thing, 'Cause every little thing gonna be all right." ~Bob Marley~

“Rise up this mornin’,
Smile with the risin’ sun,
Three little birds
Each by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin’, “This is my message to you”
Singin’ “Don’t worry ’bout a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.”
~Bob Marley~

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