The world expects perfection, but perfection isn’t real life. Real life is what happens in between the social media posts, before the filters and editing, and after the ‘likes’ stop streaming in. Real life is being sick of the pressure and hustle and taking some time to breathe and be present. It’s saying that we’re all good enough just the way we are, whether we’re an expert in something or not.

The Ginger Bread Girl was originally born as a special order bakery, but that was very short-lived. It’s incredibly hard to start a bakery, even without a storefront, while working full time. I wanted keep myself motivated to work on new recipes and I already had the domain, so I decided to turn TGBG into a blog. I was going to only blog about baking, but that quickly expanded to savory recipes. Then I thought I would blog tips to make life easier for busy women.

I kept trying to narrow my focus, but I realized I wasn’t happy with it. I was trying to follow the advice of all the bloggers out there who post about building your following…until I realized I didn’t care about the numbers. I will probably never make a living from blogging, and I’m okay with that. I don’t blog to earn money, I blog as a hobby. A pure and simple hobby that gives me nothing except happiness and an escape from the day-to-day to-do list.

The Ginger Bread Girl

You know a few things about me by this point, but who am I?  I’m Lauren, software developer by day, all-the-time dreamer.  I have always enjoyed spending time in the kitchen (but only when I feel like it), and I love to entertain.  I’ve had a New Year’s Resolution every year since I graduated college to be more “put together” and “more of an adult”, although I’m still figuring out exactly what that means.

Spending time with my husband and our family and friends is always at the top of my to-do list.  I would love to host every single holiday…even though that’s probably not realistic.  I feel most at home when I’m in the kitchen (even if it’s not my own kitchen) or when I’m riding my fat bike (surprising to anyone who knew me growing up, including myself).

I’m a Pittsburgh girl, born and raised. I love exploring the city – especially as it relates to the food scene. And even more if we can bike to try a new restaurant…because then the calories don’t count, right?

I hope you’ll join me on this journey of imperfection.  You can keep up with posts by following me on social media, or subscribe via email if Facebook isn’t your thing.