I’ve been thinking of ways to introduce myself to this new community – as a novice cook and gardener, as a local foodie, or perhaps simply as someone who believes in the healing power of cooking from scratch. But, while all of that is true, none of it tells you my journey. And I happen to believe life is in the journey, and that when you share it with others, you start to build a community. And to me, the local, slow food movement, cooking, growing – it is all about community.
So, I’ll keep my story brief, but it starts with an admission – I am a recovering attorney. Basically, when I started law school, nearly all of my energy went into studying, arguing and trying to “get ahead.” For four recent years of my life, I followed a career that I believed was my passion, all the while neglecting the part of me that needed to create something positive, to find joy, and to build a community.
But that part of me was persistent and fought to be heard. I started wishing for a life where I could sow harmony in the world, and create more peace – not adversity, which was almost all the law had become for me. It was a constant fight, and even when I believed in what I was fighting for, it was still an us vs. them approach to life, and that was not good for me. My life was not abundant – with community, with health, or with joy.
So, almost two years ago, I took a plunge and walked away from the traditional practice of law. Ever since then, my life has been growing more full. I have discovered an unexpected joy in cooking. I love the act of taking beautiful, fresh produce and creating something tasty and nourishing. I also experience abundant happiness in cooking for others. Creating meals for my friends and family allows me to express my love and gratitude for them, and every time we eat together, our bond grows stronger.
During the last two years, I have also become committed to living a more sustainable life. As I’m sure many of you have experienced, that is a long process, and not an easy one in our consumer-driven society. But I’m trying. I’m planting a garden this year, and shopping for my food as locally as possible. I am excited to be a new part of the FarmersMarket.com community. For my part, I am going to share my adventures in the kitchen and the garden, as well as local and sustainable inspirations, with the community. I look forward to learning from all of you as my journey continues.