Here’s to You, 2018!

     I find that as I get older, I get more hopeful. It’s been a pleasant surprise, considering the world programs us to think differently. I have so many goals set for myself this year, both personally and professionally, and I want to start the year off right. That means, I’m going to revisit some ideas that I had last year that may not have come to fruition. We all get distracted and these things just got pushed to the wayside, but it’s time for me to buckle down on them once more.

     Outside of my fierce love for cooking and baking, my true loves are local foods and the farms that produce them. Knowing where your food comes from is key and I have had the pleasure of experiencing that in the past through prior jobs. While working at Canoe, I was exposed to local farmers and their produce, both through the food we prepared and the one-on-one talks we had with the farmers themselves. I would really love to rekindle that and share it with you all. The average person does not know where the food they eat comes from, let alone the hard work that goes into providing quality locally sourced foods. I want to take you to the farms themselves and have you meet these very people. Let’s face it, the key here is quality and the time, money, blood, sweat and tears that go into that is lost on the average Joe. In today’s day and age, we are becoming more and more aware and conscious of what we put in our bodies and of our overall health as a whole. This will, hopefully, give you some food for thought and maybe push you to get on board and support your local farms and businesses as a whole. When the community works together, we all benefit.

     From a culinary standpoint, there are a lot of changes on the horizon. I’ll be switching professions this year and the prospect of that has me practically giddy. I’ll be focusing more on my baking and hopefully I’ll be able to provide you all with the end results! Everything I make comes from the heart (I know it’s corny) and I can’t wait to finally find a way to share it with you on a larger scale. I’m still muddling through the details, but the opportunity is something I am extremely grateful for and I hope you keep your eyes peeled for that. With that being said, I’ll be having a giveaway for those of you in the Atlanta area within the coming weeks. I already give away what I bake, be it for opinions or because I genuinely enjoy feeding people, so this just needs to happen. Food will take a larger role in my life now that I will be focusing more on making what I use, be it breads, bagels, condiments, sauces….you name it, I’m going to try to make it. There is no reason for me to buy half of what I do when I am completely capable of making it on my own. Not only on my own, but healthier and with less of the crap we put in our foods today. I’ll be posting those recipes as they come along and maybe you, too, will try along. 

     Personally, I would like to continue to grow as a woman, human and blogger. I hope to begin to provide you with content that has depth and soul; something you can feel good about watching, reading or being a part of. To do that, I have to go back to the root of what I love, me. This year is about me learning more about myself through the food that drives me and the profession that fuels my fire. I have spent over half of my life in the restaurant industry and my entire life around food. From homemade to fine dining, I have seen it all. Allow me to walk you through it from the perspective of the front of house staff. From the maître d’hôtel to the bartender to your server, I plan on showing you the lives and perspectives of those who provide you service from the moment you walk in and to the moment you leave. Ultimately, what I would like to do is create a more-informed diner. What better way to put my years of experience to use? I want to educate you on the ins and outs most people don’t know about the food you eat and the restaurants you dine in.

     My whole goal this year is to be a more well-rounded person. I’ve taken up ballet again, a dance I practiced when I was younger (although I really wish I could go back into gymnastics, too, but I’m too old). I’ve kept up with the stretches for years, but I’ll be taking classes and rekindling the love I had for that, as well. I was gifted a beautiful wooden barre and I stretch on it every day. I can’t wait to clean up the room it’s in and give it a designated spot in our home. Easily in my top three gifts from Christmas. I am lucky to have people in my life who believe in me and support me in my endeavors, be it personal or professional. Painting and sketching may finally take a more active role in my life again. I’ve always been an artist, but I hardly have time to devote to actual pieces. With my career change, I hope to plan out my time more appropriately and make creativity more of a priority. And I mean creativity ultimately in the form of food, art and fun. I want to nurture what drives me, once again, as a woman, as an artist and as a human being. Please join me for that journey. Along the way, I hope you’ll stop in and share your thoughts, hopes and wants for the year. 

I look forward to this year and all of the struggles, challenges and positive changes that it will bring with it. I say it all of the time, but I am lucky to be where I happen to be in life. I’m not quite sure where that is yet, but the opportunity to chase after something you love doesn’t come often, so I plan on seizing it. I hope you  do, too. I hope you see what you love in front of you and find it in you to throw yourself at it with all of your might. What is the purpose of life, if not to do what you love?

 

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