Good morning, friends!

So, if you read my blog post from last week, you’ll remember that I promised a pretty big announcement on Monday.

And as my sister so dutifully reminded me, I didn’t make that announcement on Monday. Whoops! Winking smile

I’ve been a little busy. And if you follow me on Twitter, you probably already know this. But I’m going to say it anyway.

That big announcement that I’ve been holding in for the past few weeks? I’m moving.

To Virginia.

I recently accepted a job with an amazing company in the Charlottesville, Virginia area. It was quite unexpected; I wasn’t actively looking for a new job – a recruiter contacted me – but the opportunity was so good for my career that I just couldn’t pass it up.

So I’m moving. Away from St. Louis. Away from the city I’ve lived in for my entire life. Away from the city that I’ve grown to absolutely adore.

Am I excited? Absolutely. The company I’ll be working for is fantastic, and the job I’ll be doing? It’s in my field (Chemistry), it’s a huge step up for my career, and I’ll be doing the things I absolutely love to do.

But you know what? Even though I’m over the moon about this, I’m also terrified. I’ll be living in a completely new city. Away from my family. Away from my friends. Away from everything I’ve ever known.

As I’ve announced my news to family and friends, one of the first questions I’ve been asked is “What are you going to do about your blog?”

It’s a very legitimate question. After all, the title of my blog is Off the Eaten Path St. Louis. However, even though my blog is pretty region-specific, it can easily be broadened to reflect whatever city I’m in.

I’ve thought about that option quite a bit – changing the blog to Off the Eaten Path Charlottesville. I could even change the blog to Off the Eaten Path, and write reviews of restaurants in any city I happen to be in.

I’ve bounced around a few other options that I’m keeping under wraps for now, as well. The point is, I’ve thought about the future of my blog. A lot.

And I’ve come to the conclusion that while I’m not going to shut this blog down, I’m going to go on hiatus. How long will this hiatus last? I don’t know for sure. It could be a few weeks. It could be a few months. It could be longer than that. My priorities right now are getting settled in my new city (I’m moving in two days!), getting adjusted to my new job, and starting my new life.

When I started blogging in March of 2010, I was not in a great place. I was unhappy with a lot of things in my life. I felt unfulfilled in my job. My social life was pretty nonexistent.

And as silly as this sounds, blogging changed everything. It gave me confidence in my skills as a writer. I joined Twitter, mostly to promote my blog, and I ended up connecting with a lot of amazing people. I started Yelping more, and met even more fantastic friends through that avenue. Thanks to my blog, I was able to have the opportunity to freelance for Patch. This improved my people skills like no other; immersing myself in the local community and talking with people from all walks of life improved my communication skills in ways that I never thought imaginable.

It wasn’t until after I started blogging that I had the courage to take on another passion: running. I joined a few running groups, and six half marathons (and one full marathon!) later, it’s safe to say that I’m in love with the sport and all of the great people I’ve met through it.

Blogging has showed me that there are other people out there who share my passion for food. It’s made me a stronger writer. It’s introduced me to new people, new cuisines, and new opportunities that would have never presented themselves otherwise.

However, most importantly, blogging has made me fall in love with St. Louis in ways that I never thought possible. I’ve seen so many great things in this city. I’ve met so many amazing people. I don’t think that would have been possible had I not started this blog.

And while I don’t want to lose any of that, I need to take a step back for now. Right now, my career is the most important thing in my life, and I don’t want anything to stand in the way of that. Writing quality blog posts takes a lot of time, and while I probably could churn out weekly blog posts (on restaurants in St. Louis and elsewhere; you wouldn’t believe the amount of reviews I have waiting to be queued up!) I don’t want the quality of this blog to suffer.

So there you have it. This isn’t “goodbye,”, it’s “see you later.” I promise to keep you updated on Twitter and Facebook, as always.

Thanks for being loyal readers of Off the Eaten Path. I’ll see you all soon.

  • Angela

    Happy for you, sad for me. I just discovered your blog. I am always late to the party. Congrat though.

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      Thank you so much, Angela!

  • Mez

    Congrats, Steph! Best of luck to you in all your future endeavors! (Kick some Virginia butt!)

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      Thanks Mez! Hope everything is well with you. Thanks for the well wishes!

  • Yay!.

    Virginia will be a fun change from St. Louis area.
    Looking forward to your ‘new’ blog. 🙂

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      Thank you so much, Todd!

  • Awww…I will miss you but I am envious of you moving and trying something new. I am starting to look at other cities as well.
    I’ll miss your blog for sure and will do my best to fill the void.

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      Thanks Michelle! I can’t wait to start my new adventure.

  • I can’t wait to read all about your adventures else where! LOVE and MISS you already! MRRRRRRR!

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      Love you too, Marjy!!! <3

  • Being able to discover new things about St. Louis has been a benefit to us all as you’ve shared them with us here, Stephanie. You’ll be missed but I’m excited for you and wish you luck in your big move. Thanks again for showing us what a great place St. Louis is. I know you’ll find that about your new home too.

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      Thank you so much! I’m sure my new home will be great, but I’ll always have a special place in my heart for STL 🙂

  • Congrats and we all will be here waiting for your return!! Congrats again and Good luck!!

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      Thank you, Tia!!!

  • Makeba Giles

    I’m so happy for you and I will miss seeing you around STL! (**tears**) Wishing you the very best in your new journey!!! {{{{HUGS}}}}

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      *huge hugs* Thank you so much for all of your support along the way!

  • Karin

    Good luck on your new adventure! New cities have so much to offer and explore. You’ll have a blast.

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      Thank you so much, Karin!

  • Hilary

    Awww – we’ll I’m going to be sad to see you go too, but you gotta follow your dreams! I hope you’ll keep blogging in some form – eating your way through new experiences in Charlottesville perhaps! I left St. Louis for almost 10 years, but came back with a new husband and a new baby! And I was told then that “St. Louis girls always come home.” 🙂 So maybe you will too! I really have enjoyed your reviews and food challenges – it’s funny because I think you and I have pretty much opposite tastes in food, but it’s been interesting to read your takes on why you like the things you like, and be pretty sure I wouldn’t for the same reasons. 🙂 Good luck to you in this new adventure!

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Hilary! I’m glad you found my blog useful, despite our differences in food preferences! 🙂

  • Meemaw

    Stephie I am so proud of you and all your endeavors. Your accomplishments are many and I know you will continue as you enter your “new” life. You will be missed by many, but especially your family. Love you much!!

  • Alanna Kellogg

    Good luck in your new town! Charlottesville is great – hope you love it and make yourself a real home.

  • Kim Bernard

    I went through a very similar situation 7 years ago. I moved from STL after living there my entire life to Upstate NY where I started my food blog.Now I have the opportunity to move back. 7 years is a long time to be away from family and friends and even though I’ll be happy to go back moving is so overwhelming. I wish you all the best of luck in your new endeavor and wish you much success. Once we get settled back in the STL scene I’m hoping to relaunch my blog with a STL focus.