I’m proud that I had the guts to leave the corporate world. I’m proud I am growing to a place where I am ever more comfortable in telling my own story. And I’m really proud of the fact that I’ve had a hand in dramatically improving people’s lives for the better, and what a privilege that is.
We’re all capable of living our lives with open hearts and with courage and to be present to each other no matter what's happening.
At The Oprah Winfrey Show–I was definitely at a high level of what I was doing–but I would come home and be like, I just need to make a roast. And think about making it and learn about it. It’s a different feeling than just wanting a hobby...My whole world was always about cooking.
As an artist the balance always seems to be a challenge. [My job is] very demanding for 9 months out of the year, although very rewarding. It takes a different part of my brain to do that job than being an artist does. And that's the key for me–not to use the same part of my brain for my day job that I do for my art. Any time I've been in an artistic field I use to try to make money, I can't go home and make art. It's too overwhelming.
...the heavy lifting and the challenges of the job site are empowering. You leave work feeling like a stronger version of yourself. Also, I love wearing work clothes, [they give you] freedom from fashion or expectation. The makeup gets to stay at home and on a job site you get to be a very strong version of yourself. I wanted to share that experience [with women] in Chicago.