Just Grow with it


My new mantra, Just growing with it has taken my full attention. The now go to answer when asked do I like the city? Wow, your job doesn’t sound like it has anything to do with sustainable agriculture… are you happy? Yes, Just growing with it Karen. Often, I flip back to freshman year Keeley, she had plans about everything. She would take one look at my current seat at the table and spit out her cheap wine. This is not where she intended me to be. Oh my my my am I happy about that. Turns out, just growing with it definitely has its perks.

Learning to let go of control has been quite an adventure. Coming up on my 2nd birthday in NYC… I am noticing a shift in my adulthood… let me explain. When traveling in the city, the size of your fire does not matter, you have no control. You are at the mercy of strangers. The train conductor, the uber or taxi driver, the gentleman crossing the street during your green light, a traffic jam. You know the deal, you don’t have a vote regarding what time you arrive. Historically I have been very punctual person (salute to my father). I have now leaned into losing control of my arrival times (other than my job ofcourse) instead of staying frustrated. My roommate and friend from college, Nora pointed this out to me when walking home yesterday.


Two years in this city have flown by, and I am just growing with it. A planner at heart, I am scheduling in these years as time to grow. Time to take chances, hop on opportunities, spend a lil, save a lil and grow with the path I am taking.

Friends for five strong years, Nora and I became roommates last December, right before the holidays. Ill be honest, we are very fortunate, and scored a great deal on a smashing apartment in Brooklyn. We had dreams to stay in Manhattan (she lived in Chelsea, I in Hell’s Kitchen) but the Brooklyn bells were ringing… Let me show you what I’m talking about:

My farm girl heart is oh so pleased with the luxury of a backyard. Now that things seem to be thawing out, plans are in the works for what to do with our gorgeous spot. A salsa garden for sure, all the herbs, and ofcourse flowers everywhere, but I am thinking of trying my hand at fun produce such as artichokes and figs. Leafy greens are a must, beans and peas to trellis up the fence. Taking all suggestions, leave an idea or comment below, something unique you have in your garden or are planning to implement.  After all, I am just growing with it. Cheers!


Cook Space Brooklyn

Tucked away on the second floor of an old building in Prospect heights is a former widget workhouse. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Moving to New York City has led me on a wild goose chase in search of a community or space to meet like-minded individuals who love food, support local business, and are growing themselves. Whether that be their own blog, new career path, or just new cooking skills.

Michelle Mannix was on Cherry Bomb radio a couple weeks ago. Episode 195 “It Ain’t Easy Being a Small Business Owner” grabbed every bit of my attention as I was marching to work about two thursdays ago. https://radiocherrybombe.simplecast.fm/03ed888c During the episode Michelle opened up about her first two businesses, her culinary expieriences, and why she opened up a culinary studio. She’s tackling something completely different, but oddly similar with this venture. Cook Space Brooklyn is an experience https://www.cookspacebrooklyn.com

Somehow Cook Space captures the happiness of walking into your regular cafe to grab the necessary scones & coffee. It’s familiar and cozy while at the same time exuding elegance to impress any and all guests you wish to entertain. This was the right space, and instantly I started growing. You know, that feeling when you are so incredibly sure of each step you make. And somehow a glow is radiating around you, you’re smiling, and it’s because you’re in a happy place. Its temporary, of course. You all too soon are transported back to the cold streets of Brooklyn running after your Uber that stopped a few blocks too far away.

An aspiring small business owner myself, I wanted to absorb every word Michelle spoke. I am/ was that person frantically writing notes & quotes of this special woman’s insights. She knows this city, she definitely knows food, and most importantly she knows people. Michelle understands closing doors and opening new ones, and trusting the process of growth. Just what my Monday night needed. Tuesday I launched Pitchfork and Pearls. thank you Michelle.


Completely renovated and redesigned Michelle and her team have breathed life back into the room. Upon walking in you are treated to a wall of cooking utensils, copper pans and Dutch ovens adorning the original widget board, the only object remaining from the former workshop. Cookbooks organized by color fill the bookshelves.


As you move deeper into the room, there is a cabinet without doors keeping all the flours, spices, grains, open to view. Each ingredient just waiting to be plucked for the recipe that lies ahead of you.


The studio is spotless, stainless steel with the coziest of accents that separate this working kitchen from a conventional space.


What used to be the building’s elevator shaft is now the ‘dining room’ where students sit down to enjoy their culinary creations. It’s beautiful, cozy, and absolutely what I have been looking for.


Space to cook is coveted real estate especially in this city. Finding an outlet for kitchen creativity is equally desired. No strings attached, Cookspace has a mission to get people more comfortable in the kitchen. Unpretentious and completely dedicated to creating a comfortable environment for learning and growing cooking skills. Termed culinary studio on purpose, Michelle wanted to inspire people to make cooking a practice, just like yoga or working out. I advise you make one of these workshops apart of any and all NYC visit itineraries.

I grabbed a ticket to Michelle’s Seize your Day planning workshops for last Monday, March 4th. She mentioned something about this workbook during the podcast and I figured it would be a great excuse to try the place out.The class came with her new 12 week planner (you can buy on Cookspace Brooklyn website). Though I won’t share too much just yet, I am feeling myself apply deeper intention to the day, getting more out of each coveted 24 hours. Will report back at the 6 week mark.