Now, this is pretty scary. The pressure of the first blog post. As a new blogger, I read a few articles around the sort of things you should write about in your very first post, and the advice is pretty mixed. Ranging from “post anything, you just have to get started, jump right in” to “this is the single most important moment for your blog, it sets the tone for the rest of its life“.
Sooooooo… here goes!
Here I am,
I’d like to properly introduce myself and hopefully give you an idea of who I am, what I’m about and what to expect from this blog.
I’m a 29 year old Glasweigan, travelling and working as a private chef (amongst other jobs when needs must!) in different locations around the world. My chef website is http://www.heatherfrew.com if you’re interested in seeing what I get up to professionally. When I started this blog, I was working in a lovely ski chalet in Meribel, France. Nestled between the snowy trees and the piste, it was pretty idyllic. I was work alongside my boyfriend Matt, who is also a private chef (we met in a ski chalet job 4 years ago). We managed all aspects of the chalets day to day runnings. It was a full on job with long hours and a lot of responsibility as there were no other staff here for back up, we were on our own! The hard work always paid off when I opened the door to the crisp, clean, mountain air and clicked into my skis. I still haven’t found a better way to clear the mind.
[update summer 2019] My current situation finds me taking a temporary break from professional chef work. I am living in Nice, France, studying Digital Marketing full time with the intention of offering these services to food businesses like the ones I’ve worked for in the past. I would like to eventually combine both of these professions throughout the year.
Food & Travel… and work
Food & travel run side by side for me. They always have. They are completely intertwined and I cannot get enough of either. My working life so far has consisted of no fewer than 26 ‘jobs’, can you believe that? I can’t, but it’s true. Many of these jobs I worked for free (or very little) in exchange for food & board. Without doing this, I would never have been able to explore the destinations, local foods or cultures the way I have. Of course, paid jobs in between the unpaid are essential as food & board won’t pay the bills forever! However, being welcomed into peoples homes with open arms, a hot meal, a glass of wine and a chat about their lives in exchange for a few hours work a day was a pretty good trade off for me. Without these valuable experiences, I probably wouldn’t be doing what I am now. Life’s experiences have somehow taken me down a path where food, travel and work are now all intertwined. The path has not been conventional, but one thing which has remained consistent is my love for food, and my desire to explore.
In other news,
This summer, I am moving to Nice, France. [update 2019 – have moved!] It’s so exciting and I’m hoping to share with you the ups and downs of moving to a new city. Ashamedly, I don’t speak French (I know, so embarrassing considering I’ve been working in the country on and off for 4 years). Plans are already in action to fix this by way of a 1 month intensive course. I’ll be including my French language journey in this blog. Wish me luck! [update 2019 – blog post on the way about this]
The main reason I started this blog,
Was really to share my stories and engage with others who are intrigued by the idea of working and living abroad. I hope to inspire others to work smarter (not harder!) in order to create the life they dream of, escape the mundane and embrace as many of the opportunities that come their way as possible. Life is for living and hopefully in one way or another I can help bring a few pipe dreams into reality. Along with the things I’ve learned from working abroad, I’ll be sharing lots of tips and tricks from the kitchen, food & travel recommendations and other stories and thoughts from my life personally.