When I lost the marketing assistant job I held in 2009 I was confused and distraught. I kept finding myself unemployed and I really didn’t understand why. My girlfriend, Carmen — rest in peace, said to me “Maybe you’re not supposed to work in marketing. Maybe you’re not supposed to work a traditional job.” I thought, nonsense… I have a degree in Journalism with a background in Marketing Communications, and I like what I do. Fast forward 2012: Man, oh man Carmen was right!
Today, I do everything I love. There’s no job description for what I do. I’m OUTSIDE of the Box. A typical day in the life of Chrisetta could include any combination:
- Update Facebook (multiple times throughout the day)
- Work out
- Host cooking classes
- Facilitate groups
- Speak to crowds
- Author cookbooks
- Gather goods to create fresh meals
- Cook delicious meals for myself
- Marketing Communications / Journalism
- Etc., Etc., Etc.
Everything I do is on my own schedule. I pick and chose the events I participate in. Most of the time I plan my events in my pajamas from the confines of my home. I can chat on the phone with my girlfriends while I work. If I get tired of working, I can take a walk, a nap, or close it down completely. I don’t have all the stressors of working for someone else. I have time to take care of myself — cooking from scratch, resting well, and exercising. What’s more, I get to share with people. Help people. There’s no greater feeling.
“You seem to be having so much fun when I peek in there (kitchen classroom)!” Margaret a cashier at Chuck’s observed. A fellow workout buddy said” You are lucky to be able to do what you do. Most people don’t get to do what they love.”
I’d have to agree. I am lucky. I’m not supposed to work a traditional job. Instead, I’m supposed to have fun sharing my passion for good food, life, health and fitness with you!