i haven't written a personal post in a LONG, long time and now feels like as good of a time as any.
Life has been funny lately. I've been in a bit of a rut if I'm honest. My job has changed over the last few months and now - is not as amazing as it once was. I am an Actor, a creative person, and my job provided a way of being flexible enough that I could whisk off to an audition at a moments notice. Sadly, that's not really the case anymore. After ten years of making coffee, I can feel it draining me. Both emotionally and creatively.
Hospitality has always been the most obvious answer to "what do I do to make money as a struggling actor?!" but now, after so long, it's hard to keep going. I no longer look forward to a day of socialising and drinking free coffee and thinking about life. I cannot smile at customers anymore. I cannot enjoy their indulgent, ridiculous requests. i cannot pretend I care.
For example, quote of this week was.
Customer: "Glass of Prosecco and a pint of lager please"
Me: "Would you like a strawberry in your Prosecco?"
Customer: "Better not, I have diabetes"
Now, I laughed my head off (inside). I enjoyed the hilarity and relayed it to everyone who would listen. A brilliant real-life moment and it's these that make hospitality bearable. The funny stories, the weird customers, the great encounters you won't get in a 9-5. They make the day tick over....
BUT - after ten years? It's waring thin. I've always wanted more, but now I NEED more. I need to leave hospitality, but to do what? What do I do while I wait for the audition that could change everything?
The Game Plan
So - I'm designing my life and my income.
I wish income wasn't such a big part of life, but after 26 years of being poor and not minding, I confess: I want a bit more money. I want to be able to buy organic food only, I want to be able to buy nice clothes, I want to be able to get my bike serviced. I want to be able to pay for theatre tickets.
Call me crazy.
But most importantly, I want to enjoy my work, while not giving up on my dream.
I'm not giving up on Acting, I'm giving up on hospitality.
So, what's the game plan? Well, this blog is my other major passion. I love this thing. I love writing, I love sharing, I love making food... this blog has been an incredible part of my life over the last four years and I don't plan on stopping.
Apparently, some people making money out of this. Crazy right? I have never made a CENT off my blog and don't want to necessarily, but the idea of being a full time blogger who spends all the time they desire writing posts, creating amazing food and sharing articles with vegan advice? Well....that sounds pretty great. At the moment I get up fairly early in the morning, park myself in a coffee shop near work and spend an hour or so each morning either there or home, blogging and catching up on emails before starting work. I love it, of course I do. But I would RELISH being able to write full time. Or more than I do now. I just get in the swing of it and then it's time to go.
So, operation PROFESSIONAL BLOGGER is underway. Over the last few weeks I've been taking small steps to try and take my blog to the next level. It will be a slow process, but so worthwhile.
Hopefully, over a few years, I will build up some income from what I love doing. How? Well, I'm in the early researching phases, but things look good so far! I've got some really exciting news coming up in the next few weeks, which will hopefully raise my profile a bit and open up some amazing networks.
In the meantime, it would mean the WORLD to me if you could "like" or even "share" anything you see of mine that you enjoy. Likes and shares equal more people coming to my blog and that is the number one goal!
The Yorkshire Vegan Festival!
I am insanely happy to announce that I'll be co-hosting a food stall at the Yorkshire Vegan Festival next week!!!! Super exciting.
(AKA: I'm going to do a million projects to satisfy me until I'm not a Barista anymore.)
Myself and (a VERY similar gal) Rosie, who lives here in Manchester will be making some abundant, delicious, organic, healthy salads, raw noodles and truffles and setting up our very own food stall in the heart of Leeds.
Raw Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles!) with Avocado Pesto
Asian Rice Salad
Lemon, Garlic and Basil Potatoes
Sun dried Tomato and Buckwheat Salad
Beetroot, Carrot, Sesame, Coriander Salad with Lemon Juice
Moroccan Chick-pea Salad
Raw Chocolate Truffles (Mint, Jaffa, Peanut Butter, Coconut and Rose)
Sounds good right? If you're anywhere near Leeds on the 13th of June, please pop in and see us! We will be serving up all the food we've got till it's gone. And hey, if it goes well, maybe we will get to do it again one day.
See you at the Festival!
Look at for us as the "Zoodle Bar" :)
Okay, off for a bike ride now after a lovely weekend of practicing food prep for next week, one audition and some time with friends.
On Monday I'll be going to make coffee for the day. And on Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday. BUT - on Friday I get to spend the entire day cooking. And on SATURDAY I get to spend the entire day serving delicious homemade goods to thousands of vegans.
And, hopefully, within the next six months I'll be able to tell you that I successfully moved on. I'll be a blogger, a stall-holder, an actress, a theatre maker....
All baby steps. But I like them.
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