Tag: Julia Child

First Day Jitters

So today is the first day of the new job!  I started to write this post many times but then would stop because it was seemingly more tweet than blog worthy.  I am part nervous, part excited, and that’s basically it.

It’s something entirely new as a career and I have no doubt that transitioning from hobbyist to a career in digital marketing will be a challenge.  However, I also know I am starting small, part-time and we are all committed to being patient with each other.

It feels strange starting something new.  It’s probably been since starting the job in accounting which was way out of my wheelhouse.  I also was thinking back to the the first day in the MTC and the mission field.

Wondering what it was going to be like and if I could do it.  On one hand I want to give both of the Rachel’s at those points a hug and say ‘you’ll get through the tough times’ and also say ‘you do it and you do it well’.

Looking back on those experiences I realize the worrying was justified and it wasn’t.  Those were some of the toughest times of my life beginning but the worry of failure wasn’t really justified.  I wasn’t perfect but I think I turned into a good missionary and then accounting clerk.  Regardless it all worked out for the best.

What about you my friends?  What in your 30’s+ have you started anew, afresh? Whether a new marriage, job, child etc?  Were you excited and freaked out like me?  Any advice?  How has it been different starting something new in your 30s vs 20s?  It seems like it could be more challenging and yet more rewarding.  Would love to hear your perspectives.

This morning we had a conference call to go over the company I will be working for and in the next week will be filling out forms and starting projects.  It is a new position so there will be some moving and stretching as we figure out what works best for everyone.  I will probably be going out to Georgia sometime this summer to see the facilities and meet my co-workers.  The main offices are in Dalton Georgia so that should be a fun place to visit.

So that was basically it.  We did a basic orientation of the company and most of the answers to questions were ‘I’ll get back to you on that’.

I think I may just have to read Julia Child’s book My Life in France.  It’s one of my favorites for a lot of reasons but I love that she had the guts to change her life later in life.  She didn’t graduate from culinary school till she was almost 39.  Then she spent the next 10 years of her life working on Mastering the Art of French Cooking and in 1961 when she was 49 it was published.

Everything we know about Julia Child started then.  At 50 she became the Julia Child we all know with the debut of The French Chef.  How many people do you know that have started something so big at 50?  It’s so inspiring to me.

Her marriage to Paul Child is another inspiration to me. They met when she was 32 and married at 34.  He seems to have been worth waiting for.  As an artist he no doubt wanted to be creative and energetic but he chose to work as a bureaucrat for his job so that Julia could go to culinary school and write her book.  What a wonderful example of love and support.

Most people would find the notion of a housewife going to Le Cordon Blu in the 60s to be silly but not Paul Child.  In fact, it was his insistence that  kept her motivated when it got difficult.

I wasn’t planning on talking about Julia and Paul on this post but they are an inspiration to me and as I start this new journey I hope to embrace the adventure like them.

Read My Life in France.  I know you will love it!

So share with me your new experiences.  What you learned from them?  What your inspiration was?  What was tougher at 30 than at 20? What was easier?  Thanks in advance.

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A Celebration of Julia Child

Tonight was such a fun night.  It was book club night and we read My Life in France by Julia Child.  I had read this book once before and I LOVE IT! Rereading it was a joy in every regard.  Naturally I had heard of Julia Child before this book but I had no idea how remarkable she really was.

At the ripe old age of 34 she married her husband Paul who was an artist and foreign diplomat.  Paul had spent years abroad before their marriage and already had a love for different cultures and food.  As luck would have it their first assignment was the embassy in Paris, France.  Growing up in Pasadena, CA Julia had never experienced anything beyond the bland food of the 1950’s-mostly prepared quickly by hired cooks.  However, everything changed on her first day in France when Paul took Julia to a restaurant in Rouen where she ate an unforgettable meal of oysters, sole meuniere, coffee and wine.  She had never tasted such rich and complex flavors and immediately fell in love with french food.  Bucking the trend of other women (even the french women) that surrounded her, she dived into the markets and recipes of France.

Eventually with the encouragement of her husband Julia enrolled and graduated at the famous cooking school, Le Cordon Bleu.   While gaining her culinary education she also met life-long friends and collaborators Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck with whom she started a cooking school called Ecole Des Trois Gourmandes.  Realizing her knack for teaching and explaining french recipes to American housewives Julia and her friends spent nearly a decade writing her masterpiece aptly titled Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  This is a book that inspired scores of women to embrace cooking and plan bold, exotic meals.  After  the books publication Julia started one of the first televised cooking shows called The French Chef, which became an immediate hit and ran for over 10 years.  Now Julia’s entire Cambridge, Mass kitchen can be seen at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  Her books are still best sellers and My Life in France was adapted in the movie Julie and Julia (the Julia part is so much better than the Julie.  Meryl Streep totally gets Julia! Btw- I hate the book Julie and Julia).

While I appreciate Julia’s contribution to cooking, I am more impressed with her indomitable will.  I am awed that in her late 30’s she dared to start a whole new life.  She found her passion and had the courage to embrace it.  I relate because I have also had a moment where I needed to change my life and like her the change was hard but so worth it!  Now I am undergoing another change with my fitness challenge.  It’s nice to know I can look to Julia for inspiration!

My Life in France is also a beautiful depiction of a marriage between Julia and Paul.  They are an amazing couple-passionate, adventurous,  and unfailingly devoted to one another.  Julia was not only introduced to french cooking (and taught to enjoy food) by Paul but encouraged in every other aspect of her new career.  As a talented artist and photographer Paul sacrificed much to allow Julia to pursue her dream.  As Emily mentioned in book club Julia’s dream became Paul’s dream.  I may not know much about marriage but isn’t that the idea?

It is a great book!  Read it!

On a related note we had a great book club today.  I love entertaining and making things look beautiful for my friends. I love planning menus, arranging table settings and gathering interesting people.  To me a perfect evening is 5-6 friends, a good meal and a leisurely conversation.  People always thank me for all the hard work but it truly is a joy.  I just love it.  For tonight I did a little French spread in honor of Julia.  It was a simple but delicious with 2 kinds of pate (my first time with pate- yummy!), goat cheese, brie, various crackers, strawberries and french cookies.  Then several people brought “food memory” desserts including a delicious arroz con leche and tiramisu (thanks girls).  It was a wonderful night of sharing, chatting and delicious food.  Perfect.

I also made pins with the badge Julia’s cooking school.  This was a badge she wore throughout her cooking show and other public appearances.  I told the girls wearing this pin would “bring out your inner-Julia in the kitchen!”  They were very easy to make so if any of you want one let me know!  Thanks to everyone who came and made it a great night!