1 Year Anniversary, Announcements, and a big THANK YOU

I got married to my favorite person one year ago on Sunday on an abnormally cold and snowy Virginia day surrounded by the best family and friends anyone could hope for. To say I’m lucky would be a complete understatement.

[photo copyright Jack Looney]


This year has been INTENSE – both personally and professionally – for both of us.  So far…


My husband graduated culinary school and spent long hours in restaurant kitchens.

I started freelancing at a magazine doing recipe writing & food photography.

We moved into a new place.

We made a huge decision to start a business (more on this later) and are almost ready to open.

My husband changed jobs to help us reach our goals of owning a business.

I started doing more freelancing with the magazine.

Today is the last day at my current “real” job. This job was my first (and only) job post-graduate school, it has provided me with a ton of knowledge,  great experiences, and a steady paycheck.

Starting Monday, I will be working for Delight Magazine FULL TIME doing photography, writing, and recipe development.


[photo copyright Jack Looney]

If you would have told me at this time last year that I would have my photos on a cover of a national magazine and that I would get to spend my days cooking and taking photos, I would have called you crazy.  I'm still in shock that I get to spend my days doing what I love and working towards starting a business that we are absolutely thrilled about (and I really, really can’t wait to tell you guys about - soon, I promise!).

So, THANK YOU to everyone who reads, comments, emails, tweets, etc. – you guys push me to be better and there isn’t a doubt in my mind that I would not be able to have this opportunity without you all.

THANK YOU to my editor - for taking a chance on me and being just amazing to work with.

THANK YOU to everyone in my life who have pushed me out of my comfort zone and provided unending support.

THANK YOU to my little virtual family of bloggers, FFAs, and others – you all make my days better every single day.

[photo copyright Jack Looney]

THANK YOU to my family and friends for cheering me on and giving me guidance. An extra special thank you my parents for always encouraging me and my in-laws for always supporting us.

THANK YOU to my husband for constantly making me a better person, pushing me to achieve my goals, and dealing with frustration/stress-induced breakdowns. I KNOW I couldn’t do this without you.

[photo copyright Jack Looney]


Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a lot of champagne to drink and anniversary cake to eat this weekend.