As I sit here in front of my computer, I question whether I can actually write a blog people would be interested in reading. What should I say? What topics will I cover? Do I really understand food enough to write a food blog? And the answer is…..? Readers, (god, I hope I have readers) my name is Lacey. Nice to meet you.
I am starting this blog to coincide with my new business, Sweet Pea Chef. Sweet Pea Chef is a personal chef service and I am that personal chef.
To understand why I want to be a personal chef, I need to explain a few things first. Yes, I do have a graduate degree in Psychology and, yes, I have worked my way up in the social services field to earn a decent living for someone with my degree. So, why change that? Because I want to be happy. Because I want a passion. Because I worked as a social worker for Child Protective Services and I can’t stand the thought of losing more of my soul to that job…it’s just too sad and too caustic..at least, it was for me. I’m tired of seeing people at the lowest they can be…I want to be around positive things now.
How did I come to this conclusion? Something happened to me on May 7, 2009 that changed my life forever…that made me realize I can be happy doing what I want—that it’s okay to be exactly what I was afraid to be. What miraculous thing would cause such a revelation? Simple. The birth of my baby girl, Jordan Lily.
Meeting my daughter for the first time—looking at her and holding her—helped me to let go of all the things I felt I needed to prove to the world…to myself, really. Before Jordan, I thought I wanted to be an attorney…to be an authoritative figure who everyone would know was intelligent and competent. I thought I didn’t want to have children because that was what “everyone” else did. I thought I wanted a lucrative career that would allow me various luxuries…I thought and I thought and I thought. Period.
After Jordan, however, I realized I want to stop living for other people…for how they might perceive me. I realized I wanted to wake up in the morning and look forward to my day—just because. I realized that this tiny, little, beautiful being my husband, Dustin, and I created wasn’t so scary, wasn’t so horrible and, in fact, was exactly what I needed—who I needed. So, needless to say, with the support of my wonderful husband, I created Sweet Pea Chef so that I could pursue my passion for cooking and for family.
So, folks, that’s my story—at least part of it—I hope there will be plenty of more time to share with you. As for the food part of this blog, stay tuned…