Joyous Joy 80: Amazing Compliments Bring Me JOY!

Back in July at the NYC Summer Fancy Food Show I met a fabulous woman named Angela Neale who owns a new snack bar company named Simply Chopped.

SimplyChopped Labels

Check out their website:!

Her warm personality and clear passion for natural ingredients instantly drew me to her. For anyone out there who has read my business plan and my mission you know that Angela is my ideal customer.

After the food show I did plenty of follow up with prospective clients, but none more than with Angela. Continue reading


Joyous Joy 78: I am Winning and Uphill Battle

Scale with fruit and measuring tape

It’s nice to be excited about getting on the scale for a change!

Everyone goes through it, so I know this isn’t that special of a post, but hotdog! I am excited!

For about the past 3 months I’ve been wearing the same pair of jeans (the only pair that fit!) and a limited selection of yoga pants. I have been refusing to buy new pants since I’ve “packed on a few pounds.”

When I saw the leaves were about to start changing I decided that Continue reading

Joyous Joy 77: Finding the Joy in Being “Ugly”

I will never forget how far my jaw dropped and how many tears filled my eyes when a previous manager referred to me as her personal Ugly Betty. Looking back I think the situation is funny, but 6 years ago it crushed me.

Snipping away at a magazine, this lovely 2-sided collage was a definite joy inducer.

Snipping away at a magazine, this lovely 2-sided collage was a definite joy inducer.

My manager had put me in charge of monitoring her email while she was on vacation. When her friend responded to an email in which she referred to me as her personal Ugly Betty I was crushed.

I had finally gotten over the Ricky Lake comparison I’ve got for years and now UGLY BETTY! I of course told all my friends about this incident and received the sympathy I was seeking. Continue reading

Joyous Joy 76: A Simple Text Message was all I Needed

Today I have been feeling a little “off” and I really dislike days like these.

As you know, my company Launch Party is tomorrow and getting ready for it has been a bit taxing on me. I still stand by my brilliant decision of hand delivering invitations to my top 45 prospective clients, but my ankles and knees don’t agree. When I yawned through all of yesterday I knew it was time for a personal intervention. Therefore, I popped an Ambien last night and rejuvenated myself with 10 solid hours of sleep – it was glorious!

However, I have still been feeling a little “lost” today. Then I received a beautiful text from my AMAZING cousin, Christine Walters. It made my heart flutter and a loving smile emerge. Continue reading

The Red Currant Story: Tears & Stairs (PRx)

This is a video of me telling the story of my internship interview at PRx Strategic Communications. It is such a funny story that I wanted to share it with all of you too – in  case you aren’t following my professional blog to hear The Red Currant Story.


Random Joy: Non-burning Bush

This bush stopped me in my tracks yesterday. How lucky am I to walk past it each day?

This bush stopped me in my tracks yesterday. How lucky am I to walk past it each day?

Autumn and I have a precarious relationship. Every year I make the same statements (in this order).

1. “You like Fall? I don’t! All it means is that Winter is around the corner! And I HATE the cold! Why do I still live on the East coast?!”

2. “Okay, okay, if I go into Fall with this negative of an attitude, it’ll ruin this season that others seem to love so much. I am going to focus on the positive!”

3. “Look how beautiful these Fall colors are! Maybe it isn’t such a horrible season after all”

4. “Ugh! It’s getting colder – BOOOOO!”

5. “The best thing about cold weather is that I can do more cooking (since my NYC apartment literally turns into a sauna when the oven is on in the summer”

6. “Okay,” I reflect. “Get over yourself. There is no way you can control the weather. Just enjoy the endless supply of roasted vegetables and snuggling with your blankies.”

Any advice you can give to help me further appreciate Fall would be MUCH appreciated!

Joyous Joy 66: FABULOUS Event Publicity = SUPER Joyous Kate

Hi Everyone!

Most of you know that Miss Meredith Adams, owner of Nom and the City Food Tours, and I have teamed up to produce a very special event this weekend called – Culture Crawl: Food, Fluids & Friends.

Our dear friend Meg Kelly, author of the blog “The Compost Cook” wrote about it today and her post is even better than the write-ups we received on more “official” websites like DNA Info and The Brownstoner.

Great job, Meg! YOU are the JOYOUS JOY of my day!

Here is the post –  I know my followers will all agree that this is AWESOME!  Continue reading