Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Never a dull moment.

Okay, I think I posted that last entry 8 hours too soon. Sure, my tired legs are still tired. But my mind is whirling with possibilities and hope - something that came at just the right time.

Sorry that last post had the "poor me" tone. Those who really know me, know that's not the norm. I was born with an optimistic disposition and when I get the "poor mes" its because I'm either a) tired or b) hungry or c) both. So, with proper nutrition, hydration and a couple of key conversations during the day - unexpectedly my reset button was pressed.

I started working a couple of weeks ago at Garden of the Gods Gourmet. I emailed their website on a whim and said that I loved food, they loved food, so hey, we should do something about it. You can imagine my surprise when I got a phone call a few days later for an interview. Turns out they're looking for someone part time, to work in a variety of positions. They called me back within the next week and I hit the ground running.

I started running catering gigs all over the city - learning quickly and by doing. It's amazing how much you learn when you have to stack several platters of food on one cart, light Sterno, wear gloves, polishing stainless steel, setting things up, coordinating with chefs, grabbing proper utensils, not running red lights (even if that means a whole van load of leftovers comes hurling at you since you decided to brake suddenly), where things go and where they don't, when the cookies are fresh,  remembering silverware, etc. and the millions of other details that still make my head spin. Oh, and don't be late! If you're late for a delivery then a certain substance may hit the fan. And no, I'm not talking about the spilled leftovers in the back of the van.

This is the start of the third week and I am cooked. Sunday night's community dinner nearly put me in bed for two days straight. But tonight, while being trained for a new retail position in the Market - something amazing happened. I met someone who has passion, a grand vision, big dreams, who thinks positively and has a kind soul. And guess what? She owns the business. The more we talked, the more we realized that we're in each others lives for a reason. She needs good people and someone to help with web content. I need a paycheck and a place I believe in. The food here is amazing, no joke. Remember that post about bottling it up? Little did I know that I'd be describing where I now work. And though we're in the beginning phases of discussing what I can do to help - I think there's potential for an awesome partnership to happen.

Life in the fast lane. A chance encounter with a boy that lead to love, a recovery ride leading to buying a home, now a random email may lead to a fulfilling and rewarding career. Holy cow. Be open to possibilities and chance encounters and take risks. You never know where they might lead.


kamila said...

Hey Jen,

Thanks! That post was exactly what I needed to hear. I'm usually terrified of taking chances and want everything to happen as planned, but lately that hasn't been working out (at all). I think I've gotta come out of my box and start living life in that fast lane. Thanks for the inspiration :) And I'm so glad things are working out so well for you!!


Unknown said...

Juice! in foodservice...right after my own heart. i think it is perfect. you do love food and even more so hospitality. i look forward to hearing more about your new gig. xoxo