Over the past two months, I have been fortunate enough to spend 20+ hours a week interning for a local media company, and let me tell you: it has been a ton of work, but it has made me so happy. I have felt an immense amount of accomplishment each Friday when I see my work in the newspaper next to some of the greatest names in local journalism. I have had some fantastic coaches, and the whole experience has been invaluable to me. As a quick “month of November wrap-up,” I’ll run some highlights:
For about 1 year, I felt as if my career was in limbo. But lately, the words that have made me the happiest have been “By Chrissi” at the top of each of my newspaper stories at the local media company I have been interning for.
Quite a few people have asked me, “Why writing?”
I have not abandoned my love of food. Yes, I have a degree in culinary arts. No, it doesn’t define me. I began college at the age of 18 in hopes of marrying my interests with my love of writing. For me, this is it.
Over the past year, I have had a lot of time to reflect on ways that I could integrate my hobbies into my career, and I feel like I have finally achieved that balance. Although I have become a bit anti-social due to some personal anxiety issues, (I tend to hide behind my computer screen, and would rather write than interact with people,) I know that this position will help me gain more confidence.
I love writing, fashion, art, dance, and food. No one is one-faceted, and that’s what makes everyone so interesting to me.
I loathe the blogger cliché of listing “confessions.” Mommy bloggers love over-using the word, “confessions,” as if they are penning some scandalous PG-13 rated memoir, a la Kris Jenner style. I am not a Mommy blogger, and I refuse to call this blog post a “confession.” I am simply going to reveal a few truths about my lifestyle, and what a typical day looks like at Milk And Madeleines.
Some people think that being a writer looks something like this:
But for me, a day at work usually looks something like this:
Reality television star, Khloe Kardashian reports that she doesn’t like the word, “diet” because it has the word “die” in it.
Yes!!! PREACH!!! Although I don’t necessarily agree with her on all subjects-I know that she and I share this view on eating. I do not call what I eat a diet. Diets tend to paint a picture of temporary restriction, for long term success-yet the success does not generally last.
I prefer to think of my eating habits as a lifestyle.
Over the next month, Milk And Madeleines will be undergoing some renovation, to make the viewing experience a little more pleasurable. I will be adding a menu at the top, where posts have been categorized, and I will also add social media buttons. This will make the process of contacting me even easier.
As I continue to research ways to make this site more viewer-friendly, there might be a pause in posting-but bear with me. I’m more of a DIYer when it comes to most things in life, so it might take a little bit longer than expected. There are a lot of great changes planned!
Last September, people participated in the SNAP Challenge. To those who may not be familiar with the SNAP Challenge, it is an annual event hosted by Feeding America to raise awareness about hunger. Due to last year’s success in raising awareness, I know a few people will be participating in the challenge this month.
People harshly judged Gwenyth Paltrow last year when she had attempted the SNAP Challenge, and ultimately failed. Although her intentions were good, people noted that she choose foods which were not terribly cost effective, versatile, or nutrient dense. It was eye opening to see how far or how little people could really stretch their money.