Who the heck am I?

This blog is the story of my journey back to health and body acceptance, with a few adventures and misadventures thrown in for good measure. Thanks for reading!

Who am I? I am many things- a granddaughter, a daughter, a sister, an artist, a scatterbrain, a still budding chef (even though I think I first cooked when I was about three) with a gourmet chef’s aspirations, a dreamer, a foodie, a skier, a writer, a wanna-be yogi, a grad student, and now, I’m a blogger. I decided to throw my hat in the ring with the rest of the food blogging community in September of 2009, upon the urging of a friend with a food blog. “Why not?” I figured. Writing has always been a dream of mine and this was a way to write for pure enjoyment and combine all of the things I loved the most.

So, what’s my schtick? It’s simple. I LOVE color and I live to create. Whether it’s with written words, a recipe I have dreamt up in my head, a piece of jewelry, a mixed media piece, an oil painting, a harebrained scheme- what makes me happy is to make something.

Cooking is something that can be so deeply personal for me- I NEVER follow recipes. There are a few I’ll try or have tried, but 99.9% of the time I cook things that I have dreamed up in my head, usually jotting down ideas (and the ideas often come completely at random and throughout the day, so it’s not unusual to find a post-it with a couple of random ingredients and a sketch for a new necklace sharing the same piece of paper littering my desk). Experimentation is key for me- sometimes the most unlikely ingredients marry beautifully and it’s such a thrill when they do.

Cooking and eating is an art in and of itself- aesthetics, smell, and even touch can play just as big a role as the actual tasting. Sometimes you get the whole package and sometimes you don’t. Even when things are less than stellar, there is always something to be learned- maybe a little more of less of a certain ingredient, maybe the oven temperature wasn’t right, or maybe the ingredients just didn’t quite go together. You can take that knowledge into the next experiment and make it even better. There is always room for improvement, or even innovation.

Food should be fun. But it should also be about balance. Would I like to scarf down an entire pan of my peanut butter and butterscotch brownies? Of course I would! Could I? I don’t exactly doubt it. And those who know me probably don’t either. I may go overboard sometimes, but part of what I am learning to do is strike a balance in my eating habits. I lost my dad to diabetes and I made a promise to him that I wouldn’t let the same thing that happened to him happen to me, so I try to eat as healthfully as possible, or live by another golden rule: MODERATION. Nearly everything is ok in moderation.

I am also working to get back in shape and return to a lifetime of athleticism after being diagnosed with an illness that affects my autonomic nervous system and among other things, makes it difficult to exercise. I am slowly, but surely, figuring out how to treat it and while I may never be able to perform at the level I once did, I am determined to at least one day run a half marathon and learn that while my body is not perfect, it is still a pretty wonderful thing.

My life philosophy is pretty simple- laugh often and much, enjoy the people and things you surround yourself with, do what you love, ski if you are so inclined, ALWAYS stop to smell the roses– and I mean that literally(not all roses smell the same, you know), and take care of your body- it’s the only one you’ll get and it’s your most valuable possession.


7 Responses to Who the heck am I?

  1. debby says:

    Hi Jenny, came over to visit from Mizfit’s blog. I had visited you one time before but ‘lost’ you! I relate to you on so many levels–first, I LOVE color. I love food and cooking, and work hard at making it healthy. And…I am a slob too–well, that is, I have an organizational and clutter problem…anyways, love your life philosophy. Do you ski? Your statement just made me realize that that is something I would like to do again. I am getting a little old for it (55) but maybe there is time yet!

  2. Tammy says:

    Thanks again for checking out my blog . . . it’s a pleasure to “meet” you! Keep up the great blogging!

  3. Hi! Found your blog from What’s For Dinner. Seems like we have a lot in common! I love food and making it and forcing it on other people, haha. I also feel like I’m in that stage of my life where I don’t know what’s going to happen. The food blogging community is definitely a great one to be a part of.

  4. Caitlyn says:

    Just found your blog on MelissaNibbles, I like the title of yours, are you an artist? I guess I’ll have to read to learn more!

    • annenglish says:

      Hi, Caitlyn!

      Thanks for coming to my little corner! Yes, I am an artist. 🙂 I dabble in many different mediums, but I love jewelry design most of all. I also LOVE to cook- I think cooking is an art in and of itself. So many different things to try and explore- and food is about so many things- taste, smell, aesthetics, and even touch.

  5. oh girl…hope you are well! i think this is the first time i read your about me, and i have to agree – life is meant to be FULL OF COLOR!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Liz says:

    I love your life philosophy! So inspiring!

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