Life Update: Culinary, Dietetics and Work, Oh my!

Hey y’all!

Life has been overwhelming lately.

As you may already know, I started culinary school last march (part time). I have completed basic skills 1, basic skills 2, baking 1&2, and now I’m currently in garde manger, which is french for “keeper of the food”. This class is more geared towards appetizers and small plates. I’m pretty pumped for it because I like to be creative with my food and style it so it looks pretty (lol) Overall, culinary school has been a good time– I’ve met plenty of interesting people with very bold personalities (lol x2) A select few of us have been together since the very beginning! So far I’ve for sure learned that cooking is my niche, you could say. Baking was great and all–and it was super cool to learn how to do things gluten free–so us people with allergies can actually live a little!! However, cooking is just way more me. I love savory, being creative, and most importantly, not measuring every single thing I put into a pot…(precision is the worst) more to come on that as the semester progresses!

In addition to all that culinary jazz, my main squeeze is my Dietetics degree in the making at University of Kentucky. It still amazes me so much that I am actually here in Kentucky and studying nutrition, of all things. If you knew me in high school, you’d be shocked too! For the most part, I have really enjoyed it. It has been one of the biggest challenges in my life though, I’ll tell ya that. It has not come without failure. I think it’s safe to say math and science are not my forte. BUT the thing is, they are important and most interesting to me…well, science is ;) math can just disappear and I’d be cool with that. It has been a long time coming accepting the fact that I need to actually learn math and not brush it under the rug because unfortunately, you’re going to use it and you gotta know the basics. When I first came here, I nearly failed basic math ( oh wait, I did ) that was a turning point for me. I was freaking 20 years old and couldn’t do basic algebra. The next time around I ended up getting an A in the class, just by sticking with it.  A year or two late—it was time for the dreaded organic chemistry….this was a class I was dreading from the moment I saw the required classes for the degree. I nearly almost didn’t do it because of this one stupid class. And here I went, making a dumb decision again to take it in the summer…..and as you can imagine, that didn’t work out either. I don’t think I realized just how hard this degree was going to be…and my usual method of being able to coast through classes and not give 100%, wasn’t going to cut it. I couldn’t get away with it. I don’t want y’all to think I’m like this lazy person who doesn’t care or try–It just all goes back to perfection issues and giving up before I can even see what I’m capable of ( OH, and some slight ADHD ;) ) But hey, here I am, ready to graduate in December and I’m beyond pumped for that day to come!

Last but not least, on top of my two schools, I picked up a new job. It was really really difficult leaving Petsmart. The people, the comfortability, the dogs—there were bad times believe me, but overall it was good and the cute huskies made it all worth it. As much as I felt at home at my other job, I know my new job is where I’m supposed to be. Being able to cook for others, add my own special touches, be around people who have the same passion for food is truly awesome!!

How do I manage it all, you may wanna know? As best as I can. One thing at a time. Yesterday, my roomie Sarah and I just decided to get in the car and drive, with not really any particular destination in mind and just see where we end up. It was a windows down/ blast some music kinda day–the sun was setting as we drove through miles and miles of horse farms. This is for sure one of my favorite things to do to get my mind off of things and bring myself back to reality and enjoy the little things in life. We stopped on the side of the road and pet some horses that came right up to us, sure enough after a while we had basically the whole stable greeting us! I tried to feed one of them a banana in my car ( but he politely rejected it lol) I don’t think horses actually like bananas but hey, gotta have that potassium for those joints! ;) It was just the most perfect afternoon reflecting on life and enjoying beautiful Kentucky!!

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Between all three of these responsibilities + trying to keep up with my blog & instagram + finding a place to live + having somewhat of a social life so I don’t go insane– it has been overwhelming for sure! But I am nearing the finish line, so gotta keeeeeep looking up!

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend + my little ramble about my life (haha)

Until next time,

xoxo

Kelsey

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