2 things you don’t know about me …
1. I started this blogging thing convinced that I DID NOT want to be a “mommy blogger”. No offense moms, but I have 4 children and have been a mom for so long that I often forget what life was like before the little people came. I have sacrificed aspects of my career, put my life as a chef on hold, turned down jobs, and there have even been situations when I didn’t mention the fact that I was a mom to employers so that I wouldn’t be judged differently than other chefs who were willing to work nights-holidays-and-weekends without complaint. Yes, I actually lied about “not” being a mom. I couldn’t see how my life as a mom and my life as a chef could ever fit into one place cohesively. My blog was going to be a kid free happy place to just be … Louise. Who was I fooling? My children are my life and everything I do is for them, with them, or even at times, in spite of them. Today I was named as one of Babble’s Top 100 Mommy Food Bloggers, I’m honored and proud. My name is Louise and I am a mommy blogger.
2. I thought for sure I DID NOT want to be a food stylist. WHAT? Yes I know it sounds weird, but let me explain. The jobs as a stylist were long and boring, the talent was mean, and the projects were more about spraying food with oil for the camera than being creative or artistic. I can paint a turkey with Kitchen Bouquet in my sleep, but what fun is that? When Melissa Lanz of The Fresh 20 asked me to style her book, I accepted as a friend who wanted to support a friend. Little did I know that she was going to trust me enough to give me creative freedom to prop and food style the entire book. I rediscovered my love for styling and found a place for all my vintage props to shine. I am so proud of this book and can hardly wait to share in it’s success as part of The Fresh 20 Team.
The moral of the story is, don’t compartmentalize your life. You can rediscover yourself by simply opening your arms wide to embrace every piece of your life that makes you, you. Don’t worry about how it’s all going to fit together, in the end there will be a place for it all.