Ryan Shepard
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January 2, 2024

Welcome to "Life With Ryan" – A New Chapter Begins!

I'm beyond thrilled to welcome you to the exciting new chapter of my blog! That's right – I'm hitting the refresh button, and I'm excited to unveil the new and improved "Life With Ryan."

If you follow me on social media then you know last year was one for the books for me, and I mean that in the absolute worst and best of ways. I had BIG plans for Brown Sugar & Bourbon and none of it included cancer much less getting diagnosed with that while pregnant. That diagnosis, and the mental and physical fallout from fighting it, took center stage of my life and left little to no room for anything else.

After finishing treatment and giving birth to a beautiful baby girl, I finally had a moment to sit and think. When I looked at Brown Sugar and Bourbon, it didn't feel like me anymore. The thing about cancer is it puts everything into focus, quickly and sharply. BS&B felt frivolous to me in a way that made me not want to invest any more of the precious time I have into it.

Life is all about evolution, growth, and the beautiful journey we're all on. As much as I enjoyed and truly believed in what I was trying to do with Brown Sugar and Bourbon, it's time to dive deeper into the heart of what this blog has always been about – my life, my experiences, and the wonderful tapestry of stories that make "Life With Ryan" uniquely mine.

The truth is, I'm no longer the woman I was at the beginning of 2023. In a lot of ways that is a good thing and in others, not so much.

During my absolute darkest days, so many of you stepped in and were there for me in ways that sound strange to say, or rather write, here. I felt the multitude of you surrounding me with your love and more importantly your prayers. I feel so loyal to you even though we've never met. You walked in the wilderness with me when some people closest to me could not. I feel like you're my family in the truest sense. Because of that, I want to create things that both move me and also feel useful for you.

What to Expect:

Authentic Stories: Get ready for more personal stories, anecdotes, and glimpses into my everyday life. From the highs to the lows, I'll be sharing it all because life isn't always neatly plated, and that's the beauty of it.

Diverse Topics: While Brown Sugar and Bourbon had a delicious focus on food and drink, "Life With Ryan" opens the door to a broader range of topics. From travel escapades to wellness adventures, expect a colorful array of content that reflects the multifaceted nature of life.

Culinary Chronicles: Fear not, foodies! The kitchen is still my happy place, and I'll be sharing even more mouthwatering recipes, cooking tips, and culinary escapades. Because let's face it, life is always better with a side of good food.

Community and Connection: I've always valued the incredible community that has grown around this blog. "Life With Ryan" is all about fostering that connection. Your stories, comments, and shared experiences are what make this journey so enriching.

Why "Life With Ryan"?

Simple. It's me, authentically and unapologetically. Life is a series of chapters, and this rebrand reflects the current chapter I'm living. Whether it's exploring new recipes, navigating the twists and turns of everyday life, or sharing the joy of small victories, "Life With Ryan" is a reflection of the genuine, imperfect, and beautiful journey we're all on.

So, grab a virtual seat at the table, buckle up for the ride, and let's embark on this new adventure together. "Life With Ryan" is more than just a blog; it's a celebration of life's flavors, colors, and the extraordinary moments that make it all worthwhile.

Here's to new beginnings!

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