Life Out Loud

I have always been jealous of those people who knew what they wanted from an early age.  Those individuals who had a guts and drive to achieve their goals and dreams.  I am what I think qualifies would call a “professional coward”. So I played everything by a pre-determined route; a route that led me to get three academic degrees in five years from Stanford & spend the last 10 working in high-tech marketing and event planning.

In the winter of 2010, I found the courage to do two things:  (1) quit my job & (2) apply to culinary school.  Surprisingly, I got into the CIA Greystone and even more surprising is that I decided to pack up and move to Healdsburg, CA to see if I could make a go of being a professional chef.  August 23, 2010 marks the day that I begin this new journey and begin to live my life out loud.

This blog is about my journey through culinary school – the highs, the lows, the knife cuts and hair nets.  To say that I am scared is an understatement.  But, with the support of my family, friends and awesome partner, I think I just might be able to make it.


3 thoughts on “Life Out Loud

  1. Courtney, you’re very lucky that Walter is supporting you through all this. Believe me, I know, because Paul supported me for 4.5 years while I was in school pursing my goal to earn a BS in viticulture and enology. He’s still supportive as I work as a lowly intern at 36 years of age.

    Your three degrees attest to your determination and focus, and you will be able to draw on your marketing experience when you decided to make it on your own.

    I’m looking forward to you moving up to St. Helena – roughly a 45 minute drive from me and Paul in Healdsburg. We are truly excited about your new adventure and I know you’ll make the most of it. We are very proud of you.

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