First and foremost, welcome to FoodFash! My name is Kristin and I started blogging in December of 2009 for the sole purpose of self entertainment. Geesh, I must have been bored! Well… I was and I’ll explain why. But first, a tidbit about where I came from.
As an only child raised by a single mom, I grew up a little differently and a little more foodie forward than most of my peers. In the 80′s, my mom was freakishly aware of health issues that would dominate headlines nearly three decades later. Being an eight year old eating Shredded Wheat instead of Fruit Loops, drinking Juicy Juice and seltzer instead of Sunny D, and having lentil stew instead of beef stew was beyond annoying. Now, a twenty eight year old looking back, it’s pretty darn cool to have had such a cool mom! So cool, that I reference her often.
Between eight and twenty eight, “what I wanted to be when I grew up” appeared to waiver. I wanted to be a shopping girl, a teacher, an author, a food network personality, a journalist, an architect, a rock star.
I bolted to the University of Florida in 2001 to double major in journalism and architecture. I couldn’t wait to grow up. I couldn’t wait to graduate with my double major and write for Architectural Digest AND take my own pictures! But my plan wasn’t exactly bullet proof. The most technical flaw in my plan was that double majoring in architecture and anything is prohibited. The remaining unrealistic flaws, I’m sure, are fairly obvious. For many a reason, I quickly switched to the School of Building Construction.
Now back to rushing. I accepted a full time position in Tampa with a commercial construction company nearly 6 months before graduating (who does that?!). And shortly after graduation, I did the rest of the stuff you’re supposed to do as a grown up: buy a new car, buy a new house, work lots of hours, forget about your hobbies.
Long story made little less long, even though I was a healthy eating, normal weighing twenty something year old girl, I was perpetually bored and longing to be somewhere (possibly anywhere) other than where I was. Luckily, I didn’t know where I wanted to be, or else I surely would have rushed there.
In December of 2009, I knew that blogging would be a good way for me to convert everything I had learned and everything I wanted to learn about healthy living into a less conventional, more entertaining expression. What I didn’t know, is that the real reason I started blogging was to fill the creative void that rushing to grow up had left behind.
So here I am, a healthier, happier, healthy living blogger today than when I started. Perhaps it has something to do with my real job and my fake job coming together to fulfill the shopping girl, teacher, author, food network personality, journalist, architect, rock star Kristin of my childhood dreams. Or perhaps it has more to do with realizing that growing up might mean being happy with your old car, waiting until you know what you want before growing financial roots, learning work life balance, and making a point every day to remember the little things that make you happy.
FoodFash has been an amazing experience and I look (patiently) forward to what the future has in store for us. Thank you, thank you for stopping by and being the most exciting part of my journey!