For one of my final assignments in my Theory of Creative Writing Class, I was asked to write out a list of goals I would like to achieve within the next five years. It’s a daunting task — I barely know what I am going to eat for my next meal, and yet I should have my life planned out for the next five to ten years. Anywho, I have an idea of where I would like to end up, and how I started as a “writer” ( When does one become a writer? I struggled with the title Chef when I was in Culinary School. I didn’t consider myself a chef, but when would I consider myself one? When is that moment a person transforms from home-cook to chef?)
To understand the person I want to become, I must look back at the person I was. When I was younger, I knew I was going to be a chef. The crisp white jacket, the sharp pleat in my hen’s tooth pants — A standard uniform I was destined to wear. After graduating culinary school, and working in the field for a few years, I decided I wanted to discover a different side of the culinary world. The side that I would constantly look to for inspiration and entertainment; cookbooks, blogs, newspapers, magazines. I realized who I really wanted to become.
I hope to accomplish a lot in the next five years. I have about a year and a half of school, then I am released into Corporate America to fend for myself. With a pen in my grasp, I plan to unearth the culinary knowledge and explain to the people why I am in love with food; the taste, the smell, the texture. From a creative perspective I can entice the reader to fall in love with the lettuce, or second guess their relations with brussels sprouts. I hope to work for a food publication company as a food writer. To write articles based on topics I found interesting, and hold knowledge of. It’s funny, people always cock their eyebrows to the side, “Huh.” they question, “That’s different.” Yes, it is different, but it’s what I want to do. And I learned to never stop following your dreams, even if they seem unusual.
I was required to include a list of 10 goals I hold for the future. Here is my tentative list:
- I plan to Intern at Food Network in the Magazine department in New York City
- Travel to Italy and experience the culture
- Volunteer with a writing organization
- Attend seminars and writing workshops
- Submit articles to various magazines
- Continue taking classes in writing after college, even if its brushing up from videos on YouTube
- Keep a journal with me, so I can write about my daily thoughts.
- Start a family. It’s ten years in the future– isn’t it?
- Travel around the United States – East coast mostly, I’ve already discovered the West.
- Take cooking classes to freshen up. I can’t write about cooking if I’m not cooking!
I was also required to write down 5 projects I plan on completing within the next 5 years:
- A collection of essays about my family life and myself.
- A successful cooking blog to record my experiences – I am currently working on one right now, but it’s in the beginning stages.
- The beginning of a food memoir
- Articles in magazines
- A journal to keep daily notes. I start these, all excited, then forget about them within a week.
And 3 possible career paths:
- Food Editor
- Writer for food show — i.e. “Good Eats”
- Test Cook — These people research recipes, write articles, and publish cookbooks
This assignment allowed me to sit back and ponder the new path I have chosen. If asked 5 years ago what I wanted to be, I would have answered, “Head Chef” or “Restaurant Owner”. It’s funny how people change. And one piece of advice: Allow the change. Throw your head back in the wind, and take it all in.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. – George Bernard Shaw