Last year was great for me, because I felt I had won, I was able to earn money from my blog, something that many people believed me incapable. I will not lie, I am a super competitive person, and I also have the luck to have a good brain, being very organized, and I love winning. Last year, I savored the victory, and that obviously made me very happy.
But this year has been full of a different kind of happiness, every day I have felt that I am fulfilling my dream. When studying medicine among the things that motivated me was the ability to have job security and be able to help people, my favorite part was always talking to my patients, to explain and teach them things they did not know in a language they could understand. I never had that hunger for making the perfect diagnosis like many other doctors. One of the reasons that we came to USA with my husband was because the practice of medicine has changed a lot and unfortunately one of the things that we have lost is the time to educate patients, now nurses do it and often nobody does. I do not want to discuss who is at fault here, but I can tell you that many doctors like me miss that part terribly.
Today I feel happy because through this blog I can teach you traditional recipes with simple ingredients. And through my urban gardens, I can feed families with organic vegetables all year round, I can teach my volunteers how to grow their own vegetables in their homes and teach children in kindergarten and elementary school where our food comes from. This year my favorite moment was when at our end of the year party, I asked them to name all the vegetables we had grown and they were able to name more than 30, these are children who have eaten tomatoes from the plant, sorrel, fennel, freshly harvested radishes and so much more. I grew up like that as well, but I was lucky. To give back to my community here in Houston is wonderful. Also, when someone writes to tell me who they learned to cook from my blog or your 9 or 12-year-old children is my fan, is more beautiful than I can explain. You do not know how many times I have re-read those comments (lots!!!!).
And the culmination of all this re-invention I lived in Chile with the launch of our book “Del blog a la mesa” a book without complications, direct, for you: busy women like me. I got to celebrate with family and friends, be in newspapers, radio stations, magazines and share with you the fans of En mi cocina hoy. It would not have been possible without my 3 friends and co-authors: Polin from Polin en la cocina, Claudia from Dulcinea, and Barbara from Mi bistec. All of these women are brave, enterprising cooks at heart.
I am proud and grateful to be educating and cooking with you through this blog and through my gardens, life takes many turns and here I am back to the beginning and finally doing what I always wanted. Thanks for reading and using this blog, it all started here.