My Foodie Affair began several years ago with a life changing trip to the farmers market. Since then it has bloomed into a thriving business that gives me a creative outlet, and constantly pushes me to better myself.
It is not easy for me to be in front of the camera, but Kate of KHA Lifestyle Photography perfectly captured my behind the scenes. This is food blogging folks!
My Foodie Affair – The Beginning
Five years ago I had no idea my future held a brand new business, marriage to a great friend, and ultimately our cross-country move to Ohio. I don’t know how to put my journey of self exploration and personal growth into one post, but I can share the highlights!
When Nick reached his teens, I realized he had no idea what it was like to enjoy real food. My childhood was full of tending to our little garden in the backyard, and working in corn fields during the summer. Our family freezer was full of locally raised meat. From farmers we saw each week in town. So the kid and I started walking to the farmers market on Sunday mornings.
I wanted him to learn there are real people behind real food. The unexpected part was I fell in love. I fell in love with the people, the food, and the very idea you can live anywhere and still know your farmer. The market quickly became my church, it’s the place where I feel most blessed. Even now I tear up missing the folks who taught us so much. See, my foodie affair is just that, a love affair with people who love food.
All that mushiness morphed into a food hobby, which led to a small website. Next came the advent of social media, and a place to meet other people with like minds. Along the way, one random post on my Facebook page brought Paul and I together. Who knew an open invitation for a holiday party could mean so much. I cook. He eats. Everyone is happy!
My Foodie Affair – The Middle
That is well and good, because hobbies are great. Until you lose the job you’ve had for almost 14 years, and have a total life meltdown. Yes, I have a wonderful, supportive husband, plus a kid who shares my passion in the kitchen. But that does not pay the bills folks. I mourned, I raged, I cried, and I wondered who I was without that professional security blanket.
That was when food saved me. The only time I felt comfortable in my own skin was in the kitchen, or at the market, or talking with other foodies. A series of events took place, and my hobby was now a new business. One I had no idea how to run yet! So being me, I jumped in and floundered around a lot. We were financially comfortable enough for me to play at it. Until Paul lost his job, then things got real folks. I won’t bore you with the details, but let’s just say you know never know what you are capable of until the going gets tough.
My Foodie Affair – Now and Beyond
Three years later I know more about SEO than I would like. Graduate school was a good precursor to writing recipes, and editing blog posts. Photography still scares the living daylights out of me. And nothing thrills me more than the stress and pressure of creating content to share. You see, I am a marketer at heart. Paul will tell you I am a prober, the queen of open-ended sentences. Questions where you feel forced to communicated just to avoid the silence. I like to know what people want more than they do themselves.
So I push myself to learn things that scare me, all just to sit here and share this silly story with you. My path will always start and end with food, but it is the #LoveoftheJourney that keeps me going each day. Wente Vineyards is anchored around the idea of the love of the journey. They believe that everyone has a story and a history to share that can impact others. It’s tough not to sit back with a crisp glass of Morning Fog Chardonnay and reflect on what the future holds.
What is your journey?
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