I recently did a collaborative sponsored post on the Beauty and the Bump blog describing my life as a working mom, in the culinary industry raising a nine month old in the city that never sleeps, New York City. Currently, I juggle multiple jobs. I’m the Resident Chef for a non-profit in NYC public school kitchens assisting with the fight against childhood obesity and i’m Sous-chef at a Brooklyn based catering company. I also head my own personal chef business; freelancing as a food stylist and trying to be successful in an industry that is currently saturated with everyone trying to make it big as a celebrity chef or famous restaurateur.
Outside of working for Wellness in the Schools as a Resident Chef, I do a lot of freelance work to make ends meet. Freelance means, unpredictable, sometimes unreliable work for a caterer and personal chef. I may get a last-minute call from a client who is having a dinner party that weekend or they are flying in and will be in town for a few days and need breakfast, lunch and dinner. Planning to make this happen while I’m spending those precious moments with my son is stressful at times. Even though I have an amazing support system my pride and “super-mom” mentality tells me to bundle up Cayden, buckle him in the car seat and take off to the supermarket stocking up on all the essentials for a particular client.
I want him to experience what I did growing up in the Bedford Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, New York and being immersed in the many cultures and diversities associated with living in this city. Being a first time mom makes this task so much harder because I just want to know that he is safe and I’m doing everything correctly even though I know that there is no right or wrong way when you really care for and love your child.
Are you a working mom (or dad) living in a big city? How do you do it?! What drives you to continue to pursue your dreams?