trying something new

I’m really, really excited, and equally terrified, to tell you that I’ve truly, officially as of today quit my day job. This may prove to be a ghastly mistake, but I’ve been ready for some time to devote more of my energy to photography (not to mention cooking, writing, gardening and weaving) and this turned out to be the year to go for it.

misty morning

What will I be doing? I’m not sure yet, but here’s what I’d love to do: photos of food (I know, you’re shocked). Photos of farms, and farmers, and chefs doing what they do best. Wine tastings, potlucks, farm dinners. Restaurants. I want to share all the wonderful things that are going on in the Northwest, and especially Skagit Valley, with food and cooking and farming.

she didn't always follow the recipe

This blog will continue, definitely. I have no idea whether I’ll spend more time here, or less, but I’m hoping more. I found out recently that a popular food blog roundup website rejected Food on the Brain for membership, presumably because I don’t include enough recipes. I felt miffed at first, but honestly, I’m not all about recipes. In fact, I’m frequently entirely not about recipes. And that’s OK. I hope, if you read this site, you also enjoy simply talking about food, and reading about food, and looking at pretty pictures of food, just because you like it. I see this blog as a way to share what I’ve been eating, what I’ve tried, and how it worked for me. If you’ve made the same sort of thing, I hope you’ll feel free to comment and tell me how it worked for you. We’re eating, not sitting for an exam.

So…here we go, wish me luck! And if you’re passing through the Wenatchee Valley any time during August, stop by my first solo photography show hanging at the Peshastin Creek Gallery. The opening reception’s on Sunday the 8th, I’d love to see you there!


14 thoughts on “trying something new

  1. Your photographs are always stunning and I find your writing to be compelling and passionate. Good luck with this new adventure and if there’s anything John and I can do to support you, please let us know.

    1. Wow, thank you! I am so grateful for the support I’m getting, especially from other people in the food world. Hope to see you two soon!

  2. these crossroads
    when we each at sometime
    take the incline
    and go to the mountain to proclaim:

    I be more,
    I can do more,
    I can take it farther

    [insert lynyrd skynyrd “Free Bird” full Friday job quitting version here]

    cheering section is down the hill on the right.

  3. I am so very, very proud of you for taking this leap. Yeah, it’s scary. It’s downright terrifying. But it is, in equal parts, inspiring. In short, it’s the right thing to do. I sincerely believe that, and I am committed to doing all in my power to support you in this.

  4. If you’re unsure about what you’re doing, that’s natural. I’m not, though – I’m positive that you’re doing the right thing. As the Dalai Lama is fond of saying, the purpose of our lives is to be happy. Do what you love, and please keep the good food coming. I’m excited for you. Fēlicitās!

  5. Jessamyn,
    Congratulations! I know you’ll be happy with this decision. As I’ve said before, you have an artist’s eye and can turn the seemingly ordinary into the extraordinary! Wonderful!

  6. Hooray! I’m so happy for you! Like Patricia, I find your photographs stunning. It really drew me into your site when I first discovered your blog. GOOD LUCK!

  7. Congrats, Once again you’ve done something that seems so right, so fun, that I’ll have add it to a bucket list entitled “Jessamyn was here”. Look forward to the Peshastin Show!

  8. Congratulations and good luck! Put us down for a copy of the book of recipes / essays / photos or whatever it may be, whenever that comes about. I’m sure it is just a matter of time.

  9. Wow, Jessamyn – congratulations on such a giant step. I know you’ll do a bang-up job, if that photo in this post (B&W/tractor in a field) is any indication. Good luck, and like everyone else says – if you need anything, count on me too.

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