Oh my Gosh what a whirl wind these last few weeks have been! At the end of June I finished all my classes at the Culinary Business Academy and passed the required tests. I am now a member of the United States Personal Chef Association which has been an incredible help with the start of this journey. In July I obtained all the required business licenses for my new business and started getting the word out. I haven’t spent a dime in “real” advertising yet, just newsletters and press releases but that got me busy and quick!
It truly has been trial by fire but so far everything has worked out great. I’m getting to meet some wonderful people. The best part about this business is that I feel like I’m finely doing something that actually matters. Last week I got the privilege to provide meals for a women who just came through a double mastectomy. She won’t be able to lift her arms for a few weeks so her friends got together and purchased my services. I felt so blessed. Yesterday I was hired by a client who reminded me so much of my oldest son. He had to be in his mid-twenties and was raising his two year old boy as a single dad. My heart went out to him. I wished I could have cooked for all of these clients for free, but I am keeping my prices as low as I possibly can. I just love having a job that doesn’t require me sitting behind a desk, stressing over decisions that really don’t matter a hill of beans in the scheme of life.
Best of all, I am home so much more now. My boys are growing up fast and I am once again so blessed to be able to enjoy spending time with them this summer. They are also my guinea pigs for testing all my new recipes!
I”m going to try to get back into the blogging routine. Actually I’m trying to get in a routine- period. It’s a little overwhelming but I’m sure any new job is. I just need to remember why I am doing it. Come to think of it, I really need to write my online friend Bill a letter of gratitude. He is the most wonderful man who’s blog The Dying Mans Journal really got me thinking. I knew I was killing myself with my corporate job, it was literally making me sick. His posts made me realize that no one is guaranteed a long life and that we should never take it for granted. I started dreaming about what I really wanted and putting my priorities in order. God gave me a passion for cooking and for people so why was I killing myself at a job I hated, managing projects that I didn’t give a flying fig about….all they were doing was working me into an early grave – So thank you dear Bill for your wisdom and inspiration. You are a true earth angel!!!
Of all the lessons I’m learning in this crazy magical time one of the most important is breathe – just breathe!