You know how people ask you when you graduate from college, “where do you see yourself in 10 years?” I could never answer that question. I didn’t know where I would be in 1 year much less 10 years. It has actually been 11 years since I graduated, but I am glad to be where I am today.
September 16, 2012 is a very special day. It marks my 10 year anniversary with the Taste of Home Cooking School. In some ways it feels like just yesterday that I started and in other ways I feel every bit of those 10 years. I can only guess that I have done approximately 400 shows in these past 10 years, give or take a few shows.
This job has been a whirlwind job and provided lots of opportunities for me that a country girl from Eddiceton, Mississippi typically would have never had. I have gotten to travel all over the United States and meet awesome people. I was just joking the other day that I was glad that I finally have lived in a place long enough, outside of my hometown, to see people I know when I am out and about and that it only took 8 years for that to happen. I posted that on Facebook and got a comment back reminding me that I am never home to do that. Also, that if I was home, that I would not have all of the great friends that I do have all over the USA! This is so true.
This job combined with my personality has been wonderful to me. Not to mention that I love performing on stage each night and sharing my love of cooking, but all of the great people who I have met and developed close personal relationships with. These awesome folks make a job that could be lonely, very exciting. I have “parents” in TN and FL that I stay with when I am in town for shows. You have no idea how great it feels to know you don’t have to check in at hotel. It truly feels like home away from home. I have made some very close friends in GA, in fact for the past 3 years I have gone to spend a weekend with them each summer. I have gotten my first wedding invite from an audience member that I plan to attend in October if my schedule allows. I have worked with some media now for 8 years straight and have watched their kids grow up. I have a group of ladies in NC that proclaim they are my biggest fans and we have become very close, so close that we exchange Christmas cards each year! And of course those wonderful people from SC that I met up with to tour the college campus.
Then there are my co-workers. I have had and currently have some of the best co-workers that anyone could ever ask for. These people are your true companions when it comes down to it. They are the only ones you can talk to that understand exactly what you do. I am so thankful to work with such amazing people. Food people are the best!
When I think back on what all I have done, where all I have been and all the people that I have met and worked with, it is the people that make this job the most amazing job. I feel so blessed to have such amazing people in my life and hope that everyone knows just how special each and every one of you are to me.
Thanks for a great 10 years!
Michelle “red” Roberts