Where I Work. What I Do. Who I Am. Where I’m Going.

I didn’t leave my job to pursue my big dream. I still have a 401k and a uniform, an ID badge and a proxy card. So why am I writing a blog about changing my life and pursuing my dreams?

I work as a massage therapist at a big resort and casino. In my humble opinion, it is probably one of the best jobs a massage therapist could hope for in this city. I enjoy the infrastructure of a huge company, and we have the best equipment money can buy and all the supplies we need. I have health benefits and, as mentioned above, a 401k. I like my coworkers, I like the environment of the spa, and I like being an employee rather than a contractor. In addition, I am still a relatively new therapist — I’ve only been doing this for four years. At the spa, I work and work and work, and as a result my skills are improving every day. Because I don’t work for myself, I don’t have to worry about where my next client will come from, or who is going to pay for laundry detergent, or how I’ll pay the rent. I can just focus on providing excellent client care and customer service. I can continue to build my massage skills and concentrate on being a good team member. For right now, it is exactly where I need to be.

But massage isn’t the only thing that I love. I have a lot of interests that have become fairly serious hobbies over the past few years. Cooking, photography, writing and blogging top the list. My current job allows me enough time to pursue these interests (yet another big bonus of working there), and I’m working very hard to grow my skills in all of these areas. I don’t know exactly what that means for my future, but I know that expanding my skills and knowledge can only lead to good things — new opportunities.

My next big challenge is the 2011 Food And Light Workshop in Boulder, CO: a two-day food photography workshop. This is a big push for me and one I’m very excited about (when I’m not being nervous about it, that is). I’m basically self-taught when it comes to photography, so getting some real instruction is going to be great. I’m hoping to gain some insight into areas where I have been struggling, and overall I’m hoping to learn how to improve my photography for my food blog, Buried Carrots. I’d really like to build a bigger following for Buried Carrots, and one of the ways to do this is to get picked up by sites like FoodGawker and TasteSpotting. But that requires really good photos. So improving my photography is my first step toward pushing Buried Carrots to a new level.

So that’s it in a nutshell: where I work, what I do, who I am and where I’m going — for right now, anyway. I’m focused on pursuing my interests, working hard and following my heart on a path that is leading me toward my “next big thing,” whatever that may be. Look for updates (and photos) from the workshop coming soon!

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