Hi, everyone. Long time no talk! I’m super nervous to write this post because I’m afraid that my website is going to crash if I touch anything… but more on that in a moment. I’ve been away lately for a variety of reasons, which I’d like to share with you here in the hopes that some may have advice or life wisdom to share!
As some of you may know, I moved to a new town with my friend in early March, which was a huge adjustment. On the same week I was packing up, it came to light that my website had been hacked. Even now I still don’t know how it happened, but there it was… a new user in my Users Dashboard that I had not set up. Someone had logged themselves into the backend of my website. Honestly, seeing that there was like knowing there was a burglar in the house with me. My physical safety felt threatened – that adrenaline-pumping, heart-pounding fear when you know you’re not safe. I know that may sound dramatic, but this blog is not just a website – it’s a friend that’s been there for me through almost three years of my life. So when it was hacked, I was absolutely devastated.
That event, like the domino effect, sent off a series of security check-ups and re-evaluations of my website. I ended up moving over to a better host, set up a firewall, and got an SSL certification. Unfortunately, all of this came with a bunch of site crashes along the way. Every time I went to wellandfull.com and saw that 404 error, my heart just dropped a little further. Which is why I said earlier that I’m afraid to even post this post… while everything seems fixed, I’ve learned now that even the littlest thing can cause your website to fail and that virtually nothing is safe.
Honestly, all of this sh!t makes me not want to blog anymore. Seriously. I know I “shouldn’t let this get me down”, but I feel so helpless. Hackers are going to keep trying to hack no matter what you do. You can put up a million security measures, and there’s still a hundred ways someone can get into your website, that you’ve worked so hard on for so many years. I don’t know if I can handle the stress of this.
But part of me still feels drawn back. I mean, I’m here posting a recipe, right? Sharing food with others is always something that will be so close to my heart. So I don’t know where I’m going to be going from here. As I said on Instagram, I think I’m going to be operating at a much slower pace in the coming weeks. On top of everything that’s been going on with my website, I’ve had some health issues resurface that I thought were gone… so it feels like I’m getting beaten down in every possible way. I just need to take a step back and to move a little slower.
Sending hugs and bagels to you all <3
The Ultimate Vegan Bagel Sandwich
- Bagels, as many as you like
- Your Favorite Vegan Cream Cheese
- Avocado, sliced
- Red Onions, sliced
- Tomatoes, sliced
- Sprouts, Microgreens, or Greens
- This is less of a recipe and more of DIY kind of thing. Simply toast the bagels (if you like), spread on your favorite vegan cream cheese, and add on whatever veggies you like. I found the combination of red onion, avocado, tomatoes, and microgreens to be delicious, but sautéed onions or mushrooms would be great too!
If you make this recipe and post it on Instagram, be sure to tag me @wellandfull and #wellandfull so I can see! I love seeing your takes on my recipes :)