Hello dear readers,
The last couple of days have been a mixture of excitement and exhaustion. It's been hectic in my household and I mean this in a good way! As some of you know this website and my work in the field of "vegan food" has done extremely well over the last 6 months; achieving two blog awards and being published in various magazines. These were outstanding achievements for myself and the blog and I couldn't have got the awards without the votes.. so thank you! Originally I started up the blog as a place to keep my recipes (so I wouldn't keep losing them or spilling stuff on them or setting them on fire... I'm a little clumsy in the kitchen hehe) however it seems fate/karma had other plans for me!
ADVANCED WARNING...This is the part of the blog entry where things get a bit misty eyed and sentimental and personal.. please feel free to skip to the next paragraph. This year has been a huge deal for me. Some close friends and family already know all of this but I now feel ready to share with my readers. At Christmas last year I suffered a time of crisis, a breakdown of everything possible including my communication. I ended up quite unwell and after a diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder and borderline personality disorder was made I began different types of grueling treatment. When I started this blog as a hobby back in February (just after my birthday) I never expected that it would be the main thing pushing me towards recovery. It has been the one thing that managed to get me out of bed on a day to day basis even if I had to crawl to my laptop. When I've been in a bad place I've expressed myself through food and I truly believe it has helped me!
So now to the really exciting bit. About a month or so ago I was having a little check online for possible jobs and came across an ad for a vegan chef. After about an hour of talking myself in and out of applying I finally gave in and thought "why not?" I'm not a culinary school trained chef by any means but sometimes it's not all about what's on the paper, so I sent off my portfolio with a covering letter and thought no more. For those of you who've tried searching for a job after being out of work for a while, I'm sure you can relate to the "expected rejection"mindset. A couple of days later I received an email stating how much of an "inspiration" I was and that my portfolio was great (at this point I literally danced around my bedroom). It's always such a confidence boost to get feedback like that! However the email then went on to explain the position and offered me an informal interview. "Fantastic" I thought it would be a good experience regardless of if I was successful or not. So to skip along a bit (I'm sure some eyelids are beginning to droop a little by now :p) I got the job!
The place I'm working for is a chiropractic centre based in Hillingdon that focuses on natural health. Arena wellness is made up of a team of wonderful people who work really long days and I'm blessed to have been offered such an amazing opportunity! Thank you to everyone who has supported my vegan journey so far, I hope you continue to visit the blog in the future :)
Much love and peace!