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Things I learned about myself today

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

I value honesty and loyalty above everything else. I found out that my bosses have been lying about his having a serious illness. It was all a lie. I am not going to go into what is really going on but I am furious and I am disgusted someone would make up a story and make people worry about them and play our sympathy. She sat in meetings and cried and it was all a lie. I can forgive people for mistakes but once I don't trust them anymore I can never get it back. It is just how I am wired. I am putting all my effort into helping my friend get his business going. I do think he is an honest person and even if I have to get a second job this will be a better thing for me.
I also learned that as much as I enjoy sharing things with people on SP it has its purpose and I was expecting too much. I need to use my other blog to share my love of food and other interests in my life. The commonality we all have here is weight loss. What we share is a good thing. I need to find another outlet for my writing as well.
The last thing I learned today is that I am good at what I do professionally. I had a meeting with potential clients, some I had worked with before, and they said very nice things about my work ethic and talents. It made me think about how I let fear keep me working for other people and I need to take the leap and really focus on some personal goals in my life. I can not let fear hold me back. It is not normal or healthy to be so upset about going to work that you choke on bile every single Sunday night from the stress. This is my time.

  
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PJH2028 11/3/2011 1:11PM

    Thank you for this. It's right where I am today, too. I let fear keep me from taking steps... (even little ones!)

Take "the leap and really focus on some personal goals in my life. I can not let fear hold me back. . . . This is my time."

This is our time! Green Lights and Brava! for hearing all the real good true feedback about YOU!





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JENN26POINT2 11/3/2011 12:32PM

    There must be something seriously wrong with your boss's life if she's going to lie about being sick to cover up the real issues. Wow. That's just insane!

Good luck with your endeavors. Please share the address for your food blog on my sparkpage so I can add you to my following list.

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IMIN2GENES 11/3/2011 12:17PM

    You have to wonder what people are thinking. To lie about a serious illness like that. That's just WRONG!

It's your time to shine Ashely! You can do it!
Chris

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 11/3/2011 11:49AM

    Wow, I don't get it. Why lie about having an illness?

I am glad that you are moving forward with your other options!

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SLFRISBEY 11/3/2011 9:17AM

    This is your time to SHINE! Helping your friend sounds like a great idea and I think you will thrive in an environment where YOU are in control! I can't wait to hear more. (((hugs)))

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CHICAT63 11/3/2011 8:46AM

    The time has come to jump off the crazy ship into a sea of happiness and being sane !!!! You can do it, go for it.

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REBECCAMA 11/3/2011 7:41AM

  Sounds like the boss lying is just the nudge you needed to make some positive changes for yourself. Good luck!!

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MADEMCHE 11/3/2011 7:39AM

    This is your time Ash. These are some amazing things you learned this week, and I agree with you 100%. I am the same, once I no longer trust someone it is over. You deserve so much better, a better place to grow and learn and take charge and be the superstar that you are. I hope everything works out for you and that these next few months, though challenging, are going to be rewarding! Love you! Hugs.

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ERIN4771 11/3/2011 7:04AM

    pretty pathetic someone would lie about a serious illness!!! wtf are people thinking sometimes?! glad to hear you are going to be helping your friend's business!! that is awesome! and from here on out, you can't doubt the serious talent you have for what you do my friend, you are awesome!!

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KATHLOW 11/3/2011 3:37AM

    I think going to work for your friend will be a great step away from people who obviously have serious issues!

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KKINNEA 11/2/2011 10:28PM

    Terrible about your boss! Glad you have some options to look into and get away from the drama.

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MAMADWARF 11/2/2011 9:51PM

    those are all good things my friend. You are a loyal and honest person yourself so good things will come! Karma will find them, too, by the way.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/2/2011 7:26PM

    Your boss is just foul! I;m so glad you're finding what makes you happy! *HUGS*

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RONOSOF 11/2/2011 7:01PM

    Yes, down with bile! JUMP in the deep end!

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AIRPEACH 11/2/2011 6:56PM

    Eeesh, what a mess.! I agree, you deserve better.
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PGNBRI 11/2/2011 6:36PM

    Wow. I can't believe someone would just make up a serious illness! What kind of lousy person do you have to be to intentionally manipulate people's emotions in that way! I hope you won't have to work for them for much longer. You deserve better!

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PRETTYLILHEFFER 11/2/2011 6:35PM

    Wow. That is just sad. I could see a co-worker lying, but a BOSS, just horrific. People are so shady and wanting attention these days. I'm glad things are going better for you. Just the way you talk, I see that you have some amazing skills, I hope things look up for you work wise!

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I am excited

Sunday, October 30, 2011

This weekend was a good one for me. Saturday I had planned a long day of activities for me and my fiancÚ. We haven't had a lot of time together the last few weeks. It seems like every single weekend something is planned or we have obligations. We got up early, went to the final farmer's market which made me a bit sad. Then we went to meet my father for lunch. My relationship with my father is complicated. It was bad for a very long time. One day I decided to not be angry anymore but that is not what this blog is about. Anyway lunch was interesting and sadly all that really brings enjoyment to him, eating. He still lives in my hometown so after lunch we went to grandmother grave. She died November 11 of the last year. I cried but I was glad I went.
We left my town and drove up the coast to this shop that used to a farm stand when I was a kid and now has become pretty commercial. They sell their own veggies and meats and all of it is organic. I was stunned how much cheaper food is outside the city. Near me, a dozen farm fresh eggs are $5. Absurd, I know but at this farm $2.50. The whole bag we bought was $26 and I bought organic chicken and bacon. Whole foods near me that would have been $75. We both love farm animals so we walked around the farm and said hello to the llama, goats, mini horse, piglets and sheep. Truly I don't know why I love farm animals so much but I as long as I can remember.
The farm is near my mother's house and she had a bunch of house wares and stuff from when I was younger for me to pickup. She is selling her house and moving so there is a lot that I have to take back or it is going to Goodwill. It was fortuitous because now that I am getting serious into my food blog I needed items for staging the photos and did not want to spend a great deal of money. Worked in my favor. We had planned to head to a vineyard around the corner after that but since you are probably already tired from reading this you can imagine how tired we were. My mom lives 50 miles outside of Boston so we headed back home to the city.
I had decided earlier in the week that I wanted to start Christmas shopping early. We don't make a big deal of gift giving. Usually just one main gift and 2 smaller ones. Both of us like to give to charities year around instead of focusing on material stuff for ourselves once a year. I wanted a camera for blogging and he wanted a Northface jacket. I thought it would be a good idea to buy them now before the holiday shopping nonsense starts. Crowds are not my thing. I don't have the patience for it. RAVENSONG37 is an amazing photographer and she recommended a great camera for my purposes and I managed to find it on a special this weekend. Score! We grabbed his jacket and headed home for the day. Time never seems to be on our side on Saturday's.
For dinner I made the last of the organic pork chops from the farmers market with mashed sweet potatoes and rhutabega's and a sauce that I made of local cranberries, brown sugar, thyme and red wine. He loved it. The thyme just didn't thrill me combined with the cranberries but it was different than anything we normally make so I think the recipe has potential. ALOFA0509 had suggested to me to write a cookbook which she didn't know is a secret dream of mine. I decided to start with my blog and work on building the my recipe base for an eventual book. So from this point I will only be posting recipes on my other blog where I have the rights to them. Some will be quick and easy for the novice cook and full-time parents and workaholics. Some will be more involved for the weekend meal or something I saw in a restaurant or magazine.
This morning I met with guy who wants me to work at his new business. We went over the menu he wants me to create for him and the role he wants me to have in the business. Pretty much Operations Manager and Catering Sales. He gave me a surprisingly generous upfront payment and I like a lot of his ideas. I am hoping this turns into what I want it to be and will allow me the time to really focus on my blog in my spare time. Keep your fingers crossed!

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/7/2011 3:20PM

    Definitely sounds like a good opportunity and better environment than what you have been at the last little while.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 11/1/2011 10:41PM

    Sounds like a wonderful job opportunity!

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MICHELLESMILES_ 11/1/2011 6:38PM

    Congrats on the new camera!

Sounds like things are going good!

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COOKWITHME65 11/1/2011 6:15PM

    What a great day you had Ashley. Congrats on your new camera and your new side job. Sounds exciting. And of course I will be following your food biog. How often will you be posting there do you think?

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NANHBH 11/1/2011 11:53AM

    Secret dreams do come true! Keep on writing, planning, and dreaming!

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CHICAT63 10/31/2011 3:31PM

    Wow, you had a great day/weekend ! Bravo and best of luck in your new adventure sounds like the perfect match for you.

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BADASSBLONDIE 10/31/2011 2:08PM

    This is all so exciting!!! Yess!!!!

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LCHADBOURNE 10/31/2011 1:38PM

    Awesome! I'm so excited for you! Sounds like things are really going in your favor! :)

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WORTHEYMOM 10/31/2011 11:59AM

    Amazing weekend! They are NEVER long enough to spend with our loved ones! I'm checking out the camera - I have been wanting a new one for a few years! Thanks for recommendation!

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JENN26POINT2 10/31/2011 11:58AM

    I saw you had posted a new blog! I'll have to go check it out. Although busy, your weekend sounds like it was a good time.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 10/31/2011 11:36AM

    I got a Nikon Coolpix L120. I took a few pics last night. It will be learning process. Light can be so difficult. We shall see how it goes but I am excited about it!

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MAMADWARF 10/31/2011 11:04AM

    Great positive weekend..what kind of camera did you get? You know I will be reading your blog! And looking forward to the recipes!

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ALOFA0509 10/31/2011 7:25AM

   
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KATHLOW 10/31/2011 5:38AM

    This sounds great!

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DUSTYGIRL25 10/30/2011 11:40PM

    Wow! Sounds like you had a very eventful weekend. And sounds like you fit some fun in there also. I hope your business ideas work out for you soon!
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BDENSMORE1 10/30/2011 9:04PM

  Sound great!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 10/30/2011 6:47PM

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! MMMMM I would buy a cook book!! How about some slim Greek recipes??? emoticon

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MADEMCHE 10/30/2011 5:21PM

    So excited for you!!!

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Last Farmers Market Tomorrow

Friday, October 28, 2011

I will admit it. You ready? I am addicted to the Farmer's Market. There, I said it out loud. There is something about the thrill of the hunt. The wonder of finding something new. The sites, sounds, colors and textures. The promise of new, exciting and healthy meal that I just need to pluck from the piles and head home to whip up. All of it local, organic, and delicious. I live all winter dreaming of the first weekend of June when it returns and I am upset any weekend I can not go. I missed one this whole season. Pretty good if I do say so myself!
Tomorrow is the final day. The day when I will buy several sugar pumpkins to use for my first canning adventure. I will hoard winter squash and anything that will last a few more months in my cupboard. One of my strange obsessions has always been preserving food. When I was small I remember staring in wonder at all the glass jars that lined my great grandmothers cellar stairs. Heirloom recipes of pickles, jams, chutneys and her famous piccalilli, all but lost to my generation. Somewhere inside me even then was a fledgling foodie determined to have jars of my own. I am reading a book on the process and my first foray into this new world will be organic pumpkin puree. At $2.50 a can around here I am determined to make my own with no added junk. Just healthy goodness.
I have thought all week about what I will do to fill the void that the market has left in my Saturdays and in my weekly menus. There is a local organics delivery service. A few times in the past I have be close to joining but always questioned if it was a waste. I think I will give it a try and see how it works out for us. Time is a factor for me. Getting to the store on a regular basis and being able to find fresh produce is difficult. The Farmers Market is just down the street and easily accessible. I will find a solution to being able to eat clean year around even in New England even if it means I spend a great deal of time next year preserving and hoarding. At least I will have some great photos for my other blog! www.simplytastefuleats.com Thanks to some fantastic advice from my girl RAVENSONG37 we are camera shopping this weekend. Wish me luck!!

  
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JANETRIS 10/30/2011 12:24PM

    There is such a satisfying feeling to put up your own food. I have resorted to freezing these past couple years. My canning jars and rings are dusty in the basement now. I just find freezing so much easier. I hope you make it through your farmer's market withdrawals! They really are fun! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 10/30/2011 11:33AM

    You know Alofa they are very popular in Boston and fill up very quickly. I prefer to just go pick what I want weekly. There is even a meat one near us but my fiancÚ doesn't like that we can't pick the cuts etc so you can end up with tons of bacon but very little leaner cuts etc. I did join one for delivery over the winter from a company who delivers organic produce. You pay weekly so I figured I would try and see how it works for us. Thanks for the suggestions!!!

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ALOFA0509 10/29/2011 11:04PM

    Love Farmer's Market.. Oh you should def chk out/ join a CSA in Boston ( Community Supported Agriculture) basically a prepaid subscription to your local farmer's produce for a season.. I think you'll love it!!!!! Hugs,me

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SKYEPHOENIX 10/28/2011 11:52PM

    Oh, how that brings back memories--peaches and pears and strawberries and blueberries--dad downstairs making the sauerkraut to can later--canned stewed tomatoes for sauces all winter--we canned EVERYthing. My favorites were the peaches and chokecherry syrup and pincherry jelly. :) Though I soundly attest to peas being far better frozen as opposed to canned. :)

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OJIBWEEQUAY 10/28/2011 9:27PM

    I love canning!!! I stick with the Ball canning book! I can deer meat, soup, veggies and make my own jelly!! Also I can berry juice to make jelly later!!! Go you for giving it a shot!!! Oh and I strongly discourage canning barely soup!! Everytime I tried the lids exploded off!!!! Who knows??!!!!

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CREATEJOY74 10/28/2011 8:37PM

  Hi, Ashley - good for you for jumping into canning...I teach preserving classes in the summer and love it. However, pumpkin is tricky and really isn't good for home canning. Please take a look at this article from one of my favorite experts on canning:

http://www.foodinjars.com/2
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pkin-reminders/

Marisa is a great resource and her recipes are wonderful. Good luck!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 10/28/2011 4:52PM

    I love this!! Really! I want to know if you like the process. I am looking at starting next year as I have yet to buy any jars or other equipment.

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GRACEISENUF 10/28/2011 4:38PM

    I love farmers markets too We have a local one but this past year I have found so many nice ones as we travel through our state.

I read somewhere that squash will keep all winter in a cool, dark place....did you already know that? I plan to do a little hoarding on butternut squash myself, lol.

Our old farmhouse I grew up in had a cellar and my Mom had tons of stuff canned down there....it was a scary place for me with steep stairs...she could have hidden toys and candy down there and it would have been safe, ha ha.

ENJOY the weekend Ashley!

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KKINNEA 10/28/2011 4:18PM

    I'm so with you on farmer's markets - the fresh food is amazing.

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PGNBRI 10/28/2011 3:56PM

    I really wish we had a good farmer's market near me! Ours is pathetically small and already ended 6 weeks ago!

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DEBBIEOLMOS57 10/28/2011 3:25PM

    i love the farmers market

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Make one small good decision

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Now do it over and over and over again. Every single day. Tonight was one of the most difficult events I have had in a long time. Many staff not showing up. The ones who did where difficult, lazy and combative and the rental company forgot the only piece of equipment that was crucial to the entire event. Then they were not able to get it to me in over 90 minutes and we almost couldn't get the event together in time. When I left after it started I walked out into the icy rain and saw a coffee shop. I went in and order a cup of coffee and on the counter was an enormous brownie. It was probably 4 servings. I wanted that brownie. I wanted to eat my stress. I stared at it longingly, the devil and the angel on each shoulder fighting it out. I looked up to a gentleman holding a greek yogurt and 2 banana's in line. It was enough to make my brain override the desire to eat and I left with not just my coffee but also my self respect. That tasted better than any brownie ever could. It can be this simple. Little decisions like that over and over until it is a habit. When we make a slip up. Rinse and repeat. You can do it too.

  
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NANHBH 11/1/2011 11:58AM

    Oh, such a great blog! So refreshing to read that I am not alone in those thougts. You are doing a great job of overcoming them. I've not been so successful lately. In the future, when I'm tempted, I will think of you and gain strength from those thoughts!
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JENN26POINT2 11/1/2011 10:49AM

    WOW! Great self-control! I tend to stress eat too. I don't know why it seems to always be so soothing... but in reality, eating doesn't take the stress away, it just postpones it for a while.

Congrats on the victory!

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MIRACLELOVE77 10/28/2011 1:24PM

    congrats. that's awesome!!!

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KEIRASMAMA 10/28/2011 10:27AM

    Way to go Ashley. Such a small step but with such huge significance. Hope today is a better day for you with your event behind you.

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ELENA_DIEM 10/28/2011 10:26AM

    I always enjoy your blogs. Very realistic and helpful

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ELENA_DIEM 10/28/2011 10:26AM

    I always enjoy your blogs. Very realistic and helpful

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ELENA_DIEM 10/28/2011 10:26AM

    I always enjoy your blogs. Very realistic and helpful

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MADEMCHE 10/28/2011 7:55AM

    Love it! Wonderful advice Ash. Thank you.

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AMOON502 10/28/2011 6:36AM

    That's awesome hun! You did it! You made the right choice in that moment and you should be proud of yourself!

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TULIPAN2 10/28/2011 4:00AM

    Step by step. Day by day. Way to go!!! emoticon

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KATHLOW 10/28/2011 3:40AM

    Good for you!

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DOODIE59 10/27/2011 10:40PM

    That is exactly how it must be done -- one decision at a time. Congratulations to you for making the right decision in the face of terrible stress, and thank you for sharing your lesson with us.

Deirdre

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AIRPEACH 10/27/2011 9:02PM

    Way to go! Fight the brownie. I might just have to put that on my mirror. Thanks!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/27/2011 8:59PM

    Well done! And just what I needed to read this evening!

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COOKWITHME65 10/27/2011 8:43PM

    So simple and true Ashley. Thanks for pointing it out. You are doing great. Sorry about the event issues but you managed to pull it off!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 10/27/2011 8:41PM

    Good for you girl! Eating the brownie wouldn't have made the night less douchey. ;)

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LUVDOGZ 10/27/2011 8:32PM

    Love this Ashley! Way to go, and so right on!!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 10/27/2011 8:16PM

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IMIN2GENES 10/27/2011 7:56PM

    Way to go! I like that mantra, one good decision at a time.

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MAMADWARF 10/27/2011 7:52PM

    Hey look at you! awesome job, my friend!! you are on the right path!

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SPOOKYTHECAT 10/27/2011 7:46PM

    emoticon emoticon I am so glad for you, remember that good feeling & it will get easier & easier.

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GRACEISENUF 10/27/2011 7:42PM

    Great decision Ashley...glad the brownie didn't win.

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BADASSBLONDIE 10/27/2011 7:40PM

    GO! YOU!!!!!!!!

Gosh, I can't even imagine the night you had. I've only had to help (catering/event planning wise) with one major event. Things went swimmingly and I STILL wanted to punch things. *hugshard* Good for you on being a badass and resisting that brownie!!!!

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MARKSTIPANOVSKY 10/27/2011 7:29PM

    Good luck and go for it... Wishing you all the best.

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KARVY09 10/27/2011 7:16PM

    Nice work, kid.

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RACINGSLUG 10/27/2011 7:15PM

    I totally did not realize you changed your username. I wondered where your blogs went! Congratulations on the victory today. I bet it felt amazing. I think it actually empowered me a little not to eat my stress away.

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New Opportunities

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

So a friend of mine has purchased half a local catering and takeout restaurant. It is owned by a much older gentleman who has been hanging on consistently losing money because his food is so behind the times that nobody goes there. He is at a loss how to fix it but doesn't want to sell because he pretty much can't do anything else. It is a very sad situation to see someone in. My friend is around the same age as my mom but has been working for high end catering for a long time and is much more in tune with food trends and what people are looking for in takeout. He has asked me to consult on a lot of the changes he is going to make as well as the new menu, social media, etc. His idea is also that I would be selling the catering aspect of it. We had our first 2 meetings this week and Sunday is our first formal meeting in which we will go over the new menu and I will be changing it graphically etc.
I have thought a lot about all of it and I know he is very excited about it. Realistically I know that this is not something that is going to provide me a livable income for a least a year so it is not like I could leave my current job. It could be a nice second income and learning opportunity for me for my own future business. I do see things already that I think are not good ideas but I do not own the company and I don't get the feeling he wants to take my input. I am the targeted demographic he needs to market too. 25-40, professional, 2 incomes, no children. Work too much. These are the people who buy a lot of takeout and have the income to do it. They do not want the typical house of grease food anymore. In Boston that is that corner greek/italian hybrid place selling the same italian subs and cheese steaks. Mediocre pizza. I will see on Sunday if this is something I really want to get involved in heavily or stay peripheral as a consultant and make some side money. I am wanting it to be something more but I am going into it being objective. Wish me luck!
Also I have decided with some wonderful advice from NOTABOUTHEFACE that I am going to work on making my blog off sparkpeople more professional. www.simplytastefuleats.com My fiance is buying me a camera for Christmas and I am going to focus on healthy living, recipes both involved and more family time crunch friendly, and healthy products and books that I enjoy. Writing is something I enjoy and since SP is increasingly becoming more restrictive I want to do most of it in a place that I own the rights to what I post. So if you love my blogs follow me there as well!

  
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COOKWITHME65 10/27/2011 8:02AM

    Congratulations Ashley. Exciting news. The potential is there to make this job and your blog bigger and better. Of course I will be following it. Wish Santa could get you your camera early so we could all enjoy your upcoming holiday fixings.

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KATHLOW 10/27/2011 3:55AM

    Sounds like a good opportunity to build some experience for your own business. And, yes, don't mind if i do follow you to your other blog!

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IMIN2GENES 10/26/2011 9:19PM

    That's so exciting! Best of luck with it!
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HEALTHYASHLEY 10/26/2011 9:14PM

    Alofa I adore her too!

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ALOFA0509 10/26/2011 9:05PM

    Sounds Wonderful!!!! I just love me some NOTABOUTTHEFACE--

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GRACEISENUF 10/26/2011 4:11PM

    I hope everything works out and you can pursue every dream you have with success.

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RAVENSONG37 10/26/2011 3:56PM

    Wow, very cool. Sounds like you have the right questions in mind to be able to do what makes sense for you!!

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BADASSBLONDIE 10/26/2011 2:41PM

    Ashley - that makes total sense. :D Food is soooo complicated, it's mindboggling. :D

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WORKINGSTIFF 10/26/2011 2:35PM

    Good luck with the new venture. Some people just take more convincing than others. It sounds like you have the experience and enthusiasm needed. I hope you learn lots and that it becomes a step to where you see yourself in the future.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 10/26/2011 2:12PM

    Hi HIS_BLONDIE. Drop off catering is the division I manage now for the company I currently work for. Boston has a very large group of companies that use this service. Unfortunately what you describe is the least profitable thing for a company which is why you will almost never find a decent caterer that does that because it is very labor intensive and costly inventory wise to make individual meals for people. High volume is where it is at which means everyone has to eat the same thing. Kind of bummer but the reality. We won't even send our truck out for less than $200 because we lose money on the order. Restaurants usually are better equipped to handle those kinds of needs because they specialize in a la carte dining and produce the volume of each dish to make it profitable for them. Who would of thought a salad plate could be so complicated?? Lol. Thanks for the blog suggestions!

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BADASSBLONDIE 10/26/2011 1:37PM

    This sounds like a wonderful opportunity!! Congratulations!!!

I don't have much in terms of ideas, but a few fun things to consider:

- for catering - I work for a small business and I LOVE places that will allow individual orders, will deliver (for, say, 5 orders or more), and will take company check. We have a LOT of lunches (5 this week, in fact) but have few enough attorneys that most "catering" isn't an option. I'm not sure what your guys' demographic is out there, but just some food for thought.

- I'm sure you are already all over the food blogs tehe. My favorites are dailygarnish.com and peasandthankyou.com. Love love love them. I bring it up b/c DG has this feature called "recipage" which is a GREAT way to search recipes and is something that her husband created and helps set up for other food blogs for free. So, just a thought.

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MADEMCHE 10/26/2011 1:12PM

    So excited for you Ash!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 10/26/2011 12:38PM

    Lol MAMADWARF find me some other fans too!

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MAMADWARF 10/26/2011 12:29PM

    That is right up your al let! Kept me posted! I'm excited. And of course I follow your other blog.....I'm your biggest fan. Well hopefully not biggest...lol

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PGNBRI 10/26/2011 11:18AM

    Hope this shapes up to be a great opportunity for you and a springboard on to even greater things!

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RUNTRILAUGH 10/26/2011 11:13AM

    Sounds like a good opportunity, and it sounds like you are being very level headed about it!

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CHICAT63 10/26/2011 11:06AM

    All good and great opportunities await you !!!! emoticon

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KKINNEA 10/26/2011 10:55AM

    All of this is such good news - great opportunities to push out in a self-employed type direction with the security of your current job. Looking forward to your successes in these ventures!

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TWINSMOMMY607 10/26/2011 10:01AM

    What a great opportunity for growth for you!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 10/26/2011 9:47AM

    That sounds like a wonderful opportunity and how cool to be able to help reshape a restaurant and usher it into a new era.

Thanks for the shout out. I know you're gonna rock it!

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KARVY09 10/26/2011 9:35AM

    Love that you are branching out! Good luck!

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EMSJOURNEY 10/26/2011 9:33AM

    good luck, ashley! sounds like an opportunity that's right up your alley! =)

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/26/2011 9:28AM

    The catering/consulting sounds like a wonderful opportunity!

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