They always say it takes a village. Or maybe it’s a group. It could just be fate. But I think it really is a community that cares and wants to see people grow.
Many days, I stand in my kitchen alone. It’s okay because I like to feel the love that moves from my fingers to my food. It’s a process that a lot of people might not understand. It something that comes from within, deep inside my soul. But it is at the cost of alienating myself from people. I can become a hermit, lost in the flavors and textures of creations I do for people.
This is why I value my community because they understand my passion. I’m a novice to this community as many of them have been growing their trade for many years. Yet they embraced me and welcomed me, despite the fact I have not the years of experience behind me. They say people come in and out of your life for different reasons. I have so many people that I believe are a reason I am where I am and most of you know who you are, whether you are still a part of my life or not. You have all helped me grow and realize the road I should travel on.
Kristin of Jollity was my first “real” client. We did many parties together and she helped me to realize that small foods are great foods to have at your party and something that I love to do. Although, not in my community any longer, I still appreciate her help in the beginning. Barbara, the creator of Virginia Wedding Week and owner of Style Events is the one who got me started in the wedding industry. She took a chance on some pictures she followed and asked me to serve some of my food at a meeting they held. It was one of the best and most
important nights I’ve had. I met so many amazing people that I would not have met if it wasn’t for her belief in me. I have to say I absolutely love this person for who she is and I hope she is always a part of my community. Kelly of Inspired Events by Kelly and Ashley of Studio I do have had the trust and confidence in me for their important events and for that I am and will be always so grateful. They are such a part of my community that I when I’m not working with them, I love seeking out just to say hi to. And finally, Charles… my friend, my neighbor and my mentor. As the owner of Blue Seafood, the help he has given me is probably more than he knows, and so appreciated.
Where would any of us be without our people? I’m sure many of you have thought you’ve done well at getting where you are on your own, but really has it been without those silent supporters that cheered you on? Maybe it is just fate and we’re destined to be on that road no matter what. Whatever the reason is, I am blessed to be where I am. Whether we are “competitors” or acquaintances, it is important to support and help grow each other. In a world where “ME” comes first, where kindness is non existent, and neighborhoods are not really neighborly, I find strength in having that community around me.
And that is why it’s okay if I’m alone sometimes. I always know there is a village for me to reach out to.